Following is a statement from Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning on Labor Day 2015.

“As we enjoy the end of another wonderful Wisconsin summer, let’s not forget the men and women of organized labor whose blood, sweat, and tears made possible not only the Labor Day holiday, but the 8 hour workday, the weekend, workplace safety, the end of child labor, and so many protections that make the middle class better and families stronger.

“It’s been said that labor unions are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and I don’t disagree. But more importantly, labor unions are the cornerstone of a vibrant middle class economy and an essential tool in helping workers climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Labor unions fight for the rights of every worker, whether they are in a union or not, to earn a fair wage and enjoy a safe work environment.

“Contrary to what Scott Walker thinks, our brothers and sisters in organized labor aren’t thugs, or ISIS terrorists, or a political tool to “divide and conquer” our state; the men and women of organized labor are our friends and neighbors who deserve our thanks and appreciation for the work they do building strong communities. On this Labor Day and every day, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is proud to stand in solidarity with the labor movement.”