Happy Labor Day! Today as a nation, we celebrate and remember the contributions of workers to the prosperity and well-being of our country. The working people and their families that comprise the National Public Pension Coalition are fighting hard every day so that teachers, firefighters, nurses, librarians and other public workers can retire with the security of a defined benefit pension.

The promise of the American Dream is that after a lifetime of good, honest work, you get to retire with dignity. For many American workers, however, their later years appear far from golden because of broken promises by failed politicians. The attacks on defined benefit pensions have threatened the retirement security of thousands of public workers across the nation.

As we pause today to recognize the contributions of working men and women, we must remember that along with good wages and fair working conditions, the promise of a secure retirement is the dream of working Americans.