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Labor Day - “Belaboring” What Idahoans are Losing at Work

August 31, 2007

Boise, ID – Working family advocates are meeting over the Labor Day weekend throughout the state to talk about what they say has been lost in the workplace, and what can be done to get those things back. Dave Whaley, with the Idaho State AFL-CIO, says pensions, health care and even full-time hours have eroded as federal and state policies have changed over the past three decades.

"We need to be thinking about taking care of our communities and our workers in this country. What happened to taking care of the American people, the American Dream?"

Whaley says the working class has the potential to be the strongest political power in the nation, and he encourages Idahoans to ask some tough questions of their elected leaders.

"’Am I better off today than I was 10, 15, 20 years ago? If I’m not, there must be a problem.’ And, the way average people can fix that is to vote."

Whaley says Idaho could help middle-class families gain more solid economic footing by focusing on creating good-paying jobs, and providing employers with incentives to keep jobs in Idaho.

There are Labor Day weekend picnics in Boise, Nampa, Coeur d’Alene and other locations through the state.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID