A message from President David Cook on President Day,
“Every year, Americans honor the legacy of our Presidential leaders throughout history on President’s Day. From Washington on down, America has benefited from the hard work, dedication, sacrifice and service of men who led this country through wars, depressions, civil unrest, and more.
On this President’s Day, we remember the many leaders of the United States of America who supported the rights of hard-working men and women in labor, and that stood up for Americans who fought and even died for better wages and benefits, and respect and dignity on the job. While many of our Presidents were brave enough to support the cause of the middle class, we highlight a few below and honor their legacy. May our leaders continue to support the men and women who work so hard to build this country up. And may those who would oppose the fundamental cause of organized labor be moved to see their value, and work to give all Americans a shot at real opportunity and prosperity.”
“Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.” – President John F. Kennedy
“If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.” – President Abraham Lincoln
“If I went to work in a factory, the first thing I’d do would be to join a Union.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Every advance in this half-century: Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education, came with the support and leadership of American Labor.” – President Jimmy Carter
“Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower