The International Union of Elevator Constructors today issued the following statement:
“Today, we celebrate working people across the country – the individuals who go to work each day to earn a paycheck and provide for themselves, as well as their families,” said IUEC General President Frank J. Christensen. “Whether they work in a hospital or factory, an office or a classroom, working people are the backbone of America.
“Working people, including the tens of thousands of hardworking elevator constructors I have the honor of representing, keep our largest cities and our smallest towns running.
“A time of celebration, Labor Day 2021 is also a day for reflection, as just weeks ago, working people lost our fiercest ally. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka understood the issues that matter most to working people – safety and training, family-sustaining wages, and the right to retire with dignity. Better yet, Rich understood working people. A lifelong champion of labor, he fought for fair wages and affordable healthcare. He fought to ensure workers have a seat at the table, and he fought for an economy that works for everyone.
“The ongoing pandemic has shown Americans, and the rest of the world for that matter, the value of hard work and the vital role workers play in everyday life. Heroes no longer wear capes – they no longer have X-ray vision. Today’s heroes don PPE – they erect bridges, write prescriptions, and repair elevators.
“Let us join together to celebrate working people tomorrow just as we do today; for without them, we truly have nothing.”