Congressman Adriano Espaillat Statement on International Workers’ Day

May 2, 2018
Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of May 1st as International Workers’ Day.

“During International Workers’ Day we recommit our efforts to protect and ensure workers’ rights,” said Congressman Espaillat. “Ensuring the right of workers to unionize in their fight for higher wages, better working conditions, and safety standards is critical.

“Blue Collar workers have played a vitally important role throughout the history of the country. They are the backbone of our workforce and are responsible for building the country we live in today – we must continue our fight to give them better pay and better opportunities for economic success and financial security.

“Additionally, we trust our teachers daily to put our children in the best position to succeed, but communities around the nation have failed in our efforts to support teacher wage increases. Education is the key to success, and ensuring our teachers are treated with the dignity they deserve, further helps our efforts to support our children in the classroom.

“Today, we celebrate the significant role that workers in every industry play in building and supporting our nation’s growth and continued success.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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