A Labor Day question for you: Are you working too hard for too little?

Labor Day is more than an extended weekend, more than an excuse to plan a final trip to the beach or a family barbecue. Rather, it's a day for working people to honor the victories of those who came before us, to gather in solidarity, and to prepare for the important fights ahead.

The rights of working people have always been won and sustained by our own desire and passion for change. And if ever there was a time for change, it is now.

People are working too hard for too little. Despite soaring worker productivity and record corporate profits, income gains have been almost exclusively concentrated among the top one percent. While CEOs earn 361 times that of the average worker, we still are denied the wages, health care, retirement security, and quality of life we have earned. This imbalanced distribution undermines all working men and women in our nation who play by the rules and only ask for a fair chance at the American Dream. 

Our nation was not built for the corporate elite, but rather for providing equal opportunity to all working people. Therefore, we need to reject this broken status quo. We need to stand together and demand the fair economy and just society that we deserve.

The midterm elections present the next critical opportunity to secure that brighter future.

This November, New Jersey voters will elect a U.S. senator and all 12 members of the New Jersey House Delegation. They will also re-elect 32 incumbent labor candidates and 23 first time labor candidates, all of whom graduated from New Jersey's highly-regarded Labor Candidates Program -- a program designed to train, mentor, and campaign on behalf of rank-and-file union members running for political office. 

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