Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Cesar Chavez Day

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement commemorating the legacy of Cesar Chavez (March 31):

"Today, which would have been the 84th birthday of Cesar E. Chavez, is observed as Cesar Chavez Day. His legacy is important for every American to remember. Cesar was a civil rights leader whose efforts shed light not only on the injustice and struggles of farmworkers, but on our land and our environment, too.

"A former farmworker himself, Cesar fought for fair treatment, fair wages and better working conditions for the countless men, women and children who labor in the fields every day.

"Cesar was a man who — with quiet leadership but a powerful voice — inspired a movement and changed the course of America for generations to come. Through his courage, he taught us that a single voice could change our country, making us stronger and more just.

"His life's work is a reminder to me, as the secretary of labor, that the work we do at the Labor Department is about workers and their families, their well-being and their advancement."

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  • Perhaps as Bolivar demands that"Wake up America!",he demands that we become more active to counter the national and international crimes of big business-agribusiness and imperialist speculators in particular-we could not agree with him more.
    There have been wholesale violations of many laws,by these businesses,and they should be held responsible. Many now,at the same time are recognizing that the current labor department is active in ways that it has not been for decades to return wages to workers,demand that labor standards of safety be recognized and laws be followed. These are positive developments that must be increased and must be supported by workers,now and in the future. This action on the part of this Labor Department does not protect the corporations. These very real actions do not aid the exploitation of workers, but act as a counter-balance to exploitation,which is what we want more and more of.
    This is not the Labor Department of Big Business- it shows an effort to go in the direction that Cesar Chavez fought for-let us do direct action to support its positive statements and actions and challenge and reverse its negatives-to bring the day when workers collectively run and control the Labor Department,and especially the labor it regulates.

    Posted by peaceapplause, 04/04/2011 5:10pm (11 years ago)

  • It should be clear to all americans that the Labor Department is not about workers and their families but rather is there to protect the corporations that exploit them. To recall the name of Cesar Chavez and Martin L. Kind without condemning the greed and predatory behavior of big business is not only hypocritical but also criminal. Wake up America! Bolivar

    Posted by Bolivar Ona, 04/02/2011 4:19pm (11 years ago)

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