"Labor Day is a celebration of the determination and the achievements of hard working men and women across this great state and nation. The labor movement was born here in New York more than a century ago, in the wake of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and we are continuously fighting for the respect, pride and dignity of all our workers. Now more than ever, as rights of labor unions are threatened in Washington, New York is fighting even harder to preserve union jobs, lift up the middle class and protect our workers.
"I am proud that we passed a $15 minimum wage to restore economic fairness, enacted the nation's strongest job-protected paid family leave program, and extended protections to public sector employees in local and state government following the devastating "Janus" Supreme Court decision. This year, we continued our historic progress by enacting the Farm Workers Bill, giving more than 100,000 farm workers in New York the right to collectively bargain and other crucial protections.
"New York is a proud union state and the flame of the labor movement burns stronger than ever in the Empire State with one of the highest rates of union membership in the country — more than double the national rate. And so long as I am governor of the State of New York, the labor movement will continue to deliver on the promise of the American Dream. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish our friends in organized labor and all workers a safe and happy Labor Day."