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Because Labor Day messages about the meaning of the holiday shouldn’t all come from corporate owned media outlets and their talking heads:

Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO: Hi, I’m Rich Trumka, wishing you and your working family a very happy Labor Day, two thousand eleven.

Labor Day’s the one time of year when we stop and take a moment to recognize the value of work and all who do it. It’s when we honor the electrical workers who’ve got the east coast power back on after Hurricane Irene, the teachers and coaches who educate our children and help keep them on the right path, and the bus drivers who get us to work each day.

It’s a time when we think about our own work, how we help build our communities and make America strong and how proud we are of the work that we do.

It’s also a time to think about the millions of men and women who’ve lost their jobs and spent weeks, months, even years struggling to get back to work.

This Labor Day I want to thank you for your activism to improve the lives of working families and to ask you if you can commit to doing even more. Will you pledge today to join me in waging a massive America wants to work campaign for good jobs?

Together, as activists, it’s our job to demand that our leaders , local and state officials, Congress and the President take big bold action now to create good jobs and to put America back to work.

So, today, right now, pledge to be even more active than you’ve been in the past and to help lead the America wants to work campaign to put America back to work.

You can sign the pledge by e-mail or online at AFL-CIO dot org. Or you can get out your mobile phone now and text pledge to 235246. We’ll keep you informed about the America wants to work campaign and when and how you can make a difference.

Thank you brothers and sisters. Thank you for the work that you do and have a happy Labor Day.