Texas Democrats’ Statement on Workers’ Memorial Day

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on Workers’ Memorial Day:

“Today, on Workers’ Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the countless workers who have been injured, gotten sick, or lost their lives on the job. More than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re thinking especially of the thousands of essential workers who continue to shoulder the heaviest burdens of this pandemic — including the many frontline health care workers who have put their lives on the line in the fight against COVID-19. As we mark 50 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act came into effect, we continue to fight to keep workers safe and to create real change for working Texans.

“For more than a year, thousands of workers have put in intense hours to keep us safe and keep Texas running during the pandemic — many of them putting their own lives in danger to do so. A disproportionate number of them are people of color. Of the farmworkers who have kept getting food to our tables, the vast majority are immigrants, and more than half are undocumented. We owe endless respect, recognition, and gratitude to Texas essential workers. Texas Democrats will keep fighting to put working people first, and our Democratic champions are doing just that — from city councils, to the Texas legislature, to Congress.

“President Biden has made major strides for working people in his short time in office — from getting relief checks to working families, to strengthening unions, to launching the historic American Jobs Plan, which will create millions of good jobs. Yesterday, President Biden announced he is raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour. These are massive steps that are already making a difference for Texas families — and we know this is just the beginning.

“Together with our allies, we will continue to push for safe jobs, strong unions, and a fair shot at success for all working people. That’s what we stand for as Democrats. That’s how we build a better Texas for all of us.”