CINCINNATI – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today spoke at the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic this Monday, Sept. 7, 2009. He joined President Barack Obama, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka, Ohio AFL-CIO President Joe Rugola, Congressman Steve Driehaus, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, and other elected officials at the nation’s largest Labor Day picnic.

In honor of the nation’s 127th Labor Day, Brown issued the following statement:

“Our workers are the backbone of our country. I am honored to stand with the hard working men and women of Ohio as we celebrate them and their invaluable contributions to building our nation. Now, more than ever, we must do all we can to ensure that Americans workers have the support necessary to help us transition to a 21st Century economy. From establishing a national manufacturing policy, to re-prioritizing our trade agenda, to passing health insurance reform, it is time for policies in Washington that put American workers first. I look forward to continuing to work with the Obama administration in ensuring that we invest in our nation’s workforce, the key to a thriving middle class and a secure economy.”