Monday, September 5, 2022

Celebrate Labor Day -- and Immigrant Labor


Happy Labor Day!  This CNN story recognizes that 

"You probably associate Labor Day with sales, family barbecues and the unofficial end of summer. . . .  But Monday’s holiday holds a much deeper meaning, rooted in the 19th century fight for fair working conditions. Labor Day was originally designed to honor workers as part of the American organized labor movement."

Immigrant workers also have contributed valuable labor to the U.S. economy.  There are too many examples to mention.  For me, I always think of the amazing and dangerous work of the Chinese immigrant workers who helped complete the transcontinental railroad

Today, with a tight labor market and relatively high inflation, the U.S. economy needs workersFarmers push for immigration reform to address labor needs.  Some say that immigrant workers are critical at this time to address the needs of the U.S. economy.

In that vein, Rebecca Shi for The Hill, Executive Director of the American Business Immigration Coalition, argues that immigrants are key to addressing America’s labor needs, lowering inflation, and growing the economy.


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