Why I wear a canary pin


Why I wear a canary pin

Every day, I wear a pin of a yellow canary perched in a cage on my lapel.

Years ago, at a Workers’ Memorial Day rally in Lorain, Ohio, a steelworker from Local 114 gave me that pin. Miners would bring canaries into the mines with them to check for the presence of dangerous levels of gas. If the canary died, the miners knew to get out.

Back then, there were no formal protections for workers. They only had each other. So they banded together to fight for the right to collectively bargain, and for safer work conditions and against child labor.

I’ve worn the canary pin ever since I got it that day. It reminds me not just of the workers’ rights movement, but of every hardworking man and woman in America and the families they support. It reminds me how important it is for me to keep fighting like hell to give each of those families a voice in the U.S. Senate.

The canary pin is an important symbol for me — and to this campaign. We must remember that protecting workers’ rights isn’t a battle that’s behind us — not by a longshot.

Across the country, Republicans have moved to weaken collective bargaining rights. Just this year, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to unions with their decision in Janus v. AFSCME.

Together, we have to keep fighting for workers. I am committed to protecting the men and women who make things in America. I hope I can count on your continuing support as we move closer to Election Day.

Thank you for all you’re doing. Let’s finish strong.

With gratitude,


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