This Labor Day, we are more than six months into a global pandemic that has changed all of our lives. I want to celebrate this year by expressing my gratitude to Wisconsin’s workers who have supported us through this crisis and made tremendous sacrifices.

To start, I’m grateful to the health care workers who, from day one of COVID-19 hitting the United States, have saved lives and kept us healthy, often at the expense of their own safety.

I’m thankful for the essential workers who kept our grocery stores stocked, our utilities switched on, our mail delivered, and so much more. Even now, as more businesses open and operate safely, we owe a lot to service workers and employees who keep our local economy running.

I would also like to recognize those who aren’t always celebrated during Labor Day:

To the retirees who have worked for decades and deserve to live out their days with dignity.

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To the parents who now have to take on more care duties while their children can’t always attend in-person school or day care.

To the caregivers of aging or sick family members who sacrifice so much to care for their loved ones.

To those who have lost their jobs as a result of this deadly pandemic, especially those who are still waiting on unemployment payments that they have earned.

To all of the laborers, past and present, paid and unpaid — I celebrate you this Labor Day. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity.”

But gratitude is not enough.

This pandemic has shown us that the American worker is the glue that holds our society together. It’s what makes our communities run and keeps our economy afloat. And yet, workers are still not receiving the support they deserve from their state and federal government.

If you work hard, you should be able to support yourself and your family. You should have affordable and accessible health care. You should have basic protections if you lose your job through no fault of your own. You should be able to retire comfortably.

Unfortunately, none of this is guaranteed for so many Wisconsinites. Now that I have expressed thanks, I’m going to honor the labor of my constituents by doing my job in Madison and continuing to advocate for all workers, retirees and those who support the labor of others.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about issues relating to state government.

Rep. Meyers, D-Bayfield, represents the state's 74th Assembly District. She can be reached by calling 608-266-7690; toll-free at 888‑534-0074 (using a Wisconsin-based phone only); or via email at rep.meyers@legis.wisconsin.gov.