WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) released the following statement ahead of Labor Day:
“On Labor Day, we honor working people in Hawaii and across the country who keep our communities and our economy running. Workers have helped keep us healthy, fed and safe over the past two and a half years, and as we continue to rebuild from COVID-19, they are central to our economic recovery. Working people play an essential role in our society, and far too many are still treated without the dignity and respect they deserve. That’s why I will continue to fight for safe working conditions, livable wages, fair contracts and more. It’s also why I’m working to pass legislation to protect and strengthen workers’ fundamental right to organize, bills like the PRO Act and my effort to organize public sector workers. All people deserve to be able to work and live in dignity, and I’ll never stop fighting to help ensure they can.”
Senator Hirono is a strong advocate on behalf of working people in Hawaii and across the country. She is a cosponsor of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2021, which expands labor protections related to employees’ rights to organize and collectively bargain in the workplace. In 2019, Senator Hirono introduced legislation to strengthen rights for public employees to organize, act concertedly, and bargain collectively in states that do not afford these basic protections.