Unions built our middle class and secured the workplace rights that Americans take for granted today. Every day, organized labor negotiates for safe working conditions, living wages, and basic benefits that impact all workers.
In Congress, I support the vitality of working families through fair and democratic access to union representation. I have been a strong proponent of robust federal investment in our workforce, including through job training programs. At the same time, I strongly oppose bad trade deals that undermine American workers and make it easier for companies to ship our jobs overseas.
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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) packed this week’s President’s Day District Work Period with four town hall meetings, listening in-person to more than 1,000 Fourth District constituents.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement ahead of Labor Day:
“On Monday, Labor Day, we celebrate the success of America’s working men and women, past and present, who built our great country and created a strong middle class. Through organizing and bargaining, the American labor movement established the bedrock values that we often take for granted such as the minimum wage, the 40-hour work week, and safety and health measures that protect workers on the job.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) toured small businesses and met with civic leaders in White Bear Lake on August 31. Congresswoman McCollum's productive conversations touched on the needs of the community and its businesses.
In addition to White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emmerson, Congresswoman McCollum also met with City Manager Ellen Richter and John Lupo, the president of the White Bear Lake Chamber of Commerce. Congresswoman McCollum visited two restaurants — Grandma's Bakery and Key's Restaurant — and several boutique stores: Goodthings, Primp, and John Henry.
The Treasury Department’s rejection of a proposed plan to cut retirement benefits to over 400,000 workers and retirees of the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund provides Congress needed time to fix this problem and stabilize this fund. With the retirement security of 22,000 Minnesotans on the line I don’t want to see promises broken or retirees forced into poverty.
Washington, DC – On Monday we celebrate Labor Day. It is a day to reflect and honor the hard-working men and women in all walks of life, across our country, who keep our nation strong, our economy growing, and are building a better future for the next generation of Americans.
This Labor Day is also a time to redouble our efforts to extend greater justice in the workplace – ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work, a fair minimum wage, and paid sick leave for all workers.
Congresswoman McCollum's Keynote Speech
Minnesota Poverty: A Call to Action
May 1, 2014
[Remarks as prepared]
Good afternoon.Thank you, Clarence,for that kind introduction andfor your leadership in our community.
I am very proud of the work you and your entire team at the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties do every day to support families and seniors.You are on the frontlines working with ourneighbors in need.Thank you for all you do!