“It’s working folks like you who fought for jobs and opportunity for generations of American workers. It’s working people like you who helped to lay the cornerstones of middle class security, things that people now sometimes take for granted, but weren't always there—the 40-hour work week, weekends, paid leave, pensions, the minimum wage, health care, Social Security, Medicare. Those things happened because working people organized and mobilized.
“It is unions like yours that helped to forge the basic bargain of this country—the bargain that built the greatest middle class and the most prosperous country and the most prosperous economy that the world has ever known.”
—President Obama in Toledo, Ohio
Thousands of union workers packed into the gymnasium at Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio, to hear President Obama talk about the importance of unions, among other things, on this Labor Day. Here’s what some audience members had to say about why they stand with the President: