Viva Las Vegas!
I was in Las Vegas yesterday, for the big convention of the Laborers’ Union. It was my third time in Vegas this year – and, even though, I’m not a gambler, I love that town. It has great shows, great hotels, great restaurants – and the best people-watching in the world.
And—it’s a city that works.
Why? Because it’s a union town. Most hotel employees, restaurant employees, cab drivers and construction workers in Vegas are all union members.
Not only that, I was there on September 11th, and that made me think of unions, too. Because so many who lost their lives that day were union workers—especially the brave first responders, police and firefighters who died in the line of duty, trying to save the lives of others.
The combination of September 11, Las Vegas, and the Laborers Convention brought home to me the important role unions have played in the history of this country—and why, every year, we set aside one day, Labor Day, to celebrate their accomplishment.
Not every worker in America is a union worker. Some can’t join, some refuse.
But, union member or not, every working man and woman in America is better off today because of the benefits for workers that unions have fought for–and won.
That’s my parting shot for today.