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Post date: September 1 2011

Statement From Attorney General Schneiderman On Labor Day


NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement today in commemoration of Labor Day.

“On this Labor Day, we honor the immeasurable contributions of working men and women to the strength, security and prosperity of our nation. American workers have not only made our economy the largest and most productive in the world, they have fought for generations to make it fairer. 

"For all of us, they have won better wages, safer working conditions, fought discrimination, secured health and retirement benefits: in short, they’ve struggled to shape an economy that works for everyone. Because when prosperity has been shared broadly, our economy has grown vigorously. On this Labor Day, we should look to the labor movement’s legacy of lifting up all Americans as we seek solutions that will get New York working again.

"That means vigorously enforcing our state’s labor laws, so that no unscrupulous employer will get an unfair advantage over law-abiding businesspeople by unlawfully cutting corners or shortchanging employees. And it means that investing to create jobs and get our economy moving must be our top priority. Long after the picnics and parades are over, we must continue to uphold New York’s proud tradition of standing up for working people, and protecting those who are struggling in tough economic times."

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