Working Families Reclaim Labor Day, Launch Campaign to Recognize People for Their Work with Creative New Digital App

Martin Sheen joins America’s unions in saying “thanks”

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–August 28, 2012.  – “Thanks for the work you do” is heard all too rarely, says the AFL-CIO, in launching a creative new digital application just in time to reclaim Labor Day as a day to recognize people for their hard work.  On the new app, at, participants can send innovative thank you cards through Facebook and email to friends and others whose work they depend on.  The online app also features videos from people, including actor Martin Sheen, recognizing the work of people they rely on every day.  (Sheen recognizes his newspaper delivery person.)  Participants can create and load their own video thank-you. 

And working families across the country will be handing out printed thank you cards to bus drivers, baristas, firefighters, construction workers, teachers and others. In Charlotte, as part of “CarolinaFest,” union families will be encouraging convention delegates to use the thank you cards to thank the people of Charlotte who are keeping the convention running. And in Georgia, participants will be handing out cards in Atlanta, at Fort Benning and to seasonal bus drivers.

“Labor Day should be about more than the unofficial end of summer. Each of us relies on the work of others, and Labor Day should be a time to recognize all those contributions,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler.  “Our work binds us together, and as Americans, we’re stronger when we celebrate those ties that make us better.” 

Participants can choose from eight different online and paper cards that carry messages like:

  • That barbecue didn’t make itself. Labor Day, brought to you by hard-working people. Like you. Thanks for the work you do.
  • Work, babies, and the smell of bacon. Three things worth getting up for. The work you do every day really matters. Thanks for everything you do.
  • Work is collar-blind. Whether your name is on your front pocket or the front office, everyone’s work matters. Thanks for the work you do.

The Labor Day campaign is part of a broader, long-term initiative by America’s unions to send the message that “Work Connects Us All” and to help provide a voice for all people who work.