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September 7, 2015

Labor enthusiastically turned out in full force to welcome President Barack Obama to Boston this Labor Day, September 7, 2015, for the Greater Boston Labor Council's annual Labor Day Breakfast at the Park Plaza Hotel.

A full compliment of Massachusetts labor and political leaders warmed up the already passionate crowd with speeches praising the history and power of labor as the driving force in building America's middle class. And now it is the unions who have the power to work together to regain real wage growth, a first-ever national paid sick leave policy and national minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, better paid maternity leave - every benefit a full-time working family needs to raise a family and live a dignified life in America.

Leading voices, including Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Warren Tolman and Secretary-Treasurer Louis Mandarini, Jr., GBLC Secretary-Treasurer Rich Rogers, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Boston Mayor Walsh and Attorney General Maura Healey, reminded us of the progress that is and can be made, if we all work together to blunt the overwhelming, decades-old corporate assault on fair wages and decent benefits for all working families.

The gutting of the middle class by cynical Reagononmic policies over the past 35 years and the callousness of the current Republican candidates to the well-being of all Americans must be stopped. Statistical evidence abounds. Senator Elizabeth Warren reminded us, for example, that real middle class wage growth compared to GDP has been zero (0%) from 1980 to the present. And this is just one example of the many startling statistics demonstrating that everyone's job is to work together to restart the path to decent growth in wages and benefits that will provide all working families with a quality middle class life.


Editor's note: The video stream of President Obama's speech presented in an earlier version of this post has been pulled by WHDH, Channel 7, and is no longer available for viewing. We regret the inconvenience.

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