Unions remain important to labor force, says president of area labor federation

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MIDDLETOWN – As the nation celebrates Labor Day, the head of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation says unions continue to be a significant force for workers.
Labor Federation President Paul Ellis-Graham said major issues confronting workers include raising the minimum wage, economic security and protecting Social Security.
“Especially with the election season coming up, the biggest threat to workers in my view is the threats that are presented to organized labor because we know the American workforce has always profited when unions are strong,” he said.
That remains the case today, said Ellis-Graham who also said off-shore labor in the manufacturer of soft goods like clothing is lower than in the US, thus making imported items difficult to compete with. He would rather pay a little more for clothing made in America where wages are higher.