Yesterday I attended a Labor Day picnic in Hapeville, Georgia, where I met with local labor leaders and working families to celebrate the American worker and share concerns regarding the future of American labor.

American workers face unprecedented competition from abroad, a domestic economy in flux, and an Administration and Congress that have been wholly unsympathetic to their needs. Working families, who are the backbone and keystone of our economy, are pinched by high gas prices, exorbitant healthcare expenses, and stagnant wages.

As we navigate these complicated times, we must not neglect the very real and pressing needs of the American worker and working families. I hope you'll join me in honoring them. As we move forward, we must remember to defend and stand with those upon whom we – and the whole world – rely.