The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2012
LABOR DAY, 2012
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Through times of prosperity and hardship alike, America
counts on the strength and dynamism of the world's
finest labor force. From the factory floor and the
office to the classroom and the interstate, working men and
women are the unshakable foundation of American innovation
and economic growth. On Labor Day, we celebrate their
vital role and reaffirm that America will always stand
behind our workers.
The rights and benefits we enjoy today were not simply
handed to working men and women; they had to be won.
Brick by brick, America's labor unions helped
raise the landmarks of middle-class security: the
40-hour workweek and weekends, paid leave and pensions, the
minimum wage and health insurance, Social Security and
Medicare. These are the victories that make our
Nation's promise possible -- the idea that if we work
hard and play by the rules, we can make a better life for
ourselves and our families.
I am committed to preserving the collective bargaining
rights that helped build the greatest middle class the
world has ever known. It is the fundamental right of
every American to have a voice on the job, and a chance to
negotiate for fair pay, safe working conditions, and a
secure retirement. When we uphold these basic
principles, our middle class grows and everybody prospers.
Our Nation faces tough times, but I have never stopped
betting on the American worker. This is the labor
force that revolutionized the assembly line and built the
arsenal of democracy that defeated fascism in World War II.
These are the workers who built our homes, highways,
and rail lines, who educate our children and care for the
sick. American workers have taken us through the
digital revolution and into a 21st century economy.
As my Administration fights to create good jobs and
restore the American dream, I am confident that, together,
we will emerge from today's challenges as we always
have -- stronger than ever before.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me
by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do
hereby proclaim September 3, 2012, as Labor Day. I
call upon all public officials and people of the United
States to observe this day with appropriate programs,
ceremonies, and activities that honor the contributions and
resilience of working Americans.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two
thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.