Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) today issued the following statement in recognition of Labor Day:

"On Labor Day, we remember and recognize the struggle undergone by American workers for fair compensation and to secure the right to organize and negotiate collectively.  As the son of a ramp serviceman at SeaTac Airport, I recognize the importance of labor unions and their ability to bargain collectively not only for workers' rights, but also for building a strong middle class.

“I believe it is more important than ever that we help rebuild a strong middle class by raising the minimum wage, supporting livable wage jobs, and fighting for education and workforce training programs. I have been a strong supporter of raising the minimum wage in my hometown of SeaTac and have re-introduced the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act to help displaced workers get job training services so they can be re-integrated back into the economy.

“Our nation must invest in its workers and prepare them to compete in our rapidly changing global market, and I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that do so.”