Several hundred people, mostly union workers, crowded the site of the old Tiger Stadium to hear vice president Joe Biden speak Monday morning ahead of the organized labor’s annual parade.
The vice president’s speech helped kick off the start of the Detroit Labor Day parade. This is the second time Biden has been in Detroit on Labor Day in the past three years.
Biden spoke about the power of the union and how the union really is the reason why many of us have rights. He also stressed the importance of all Americans sticking together and, if we do that, how we will succeed. He believes if the middle class does well, so will everyone else.
“The American people have not stopped dreaming. The American people have not walked away from what they believe they are entitled to. Just give them a chance! No hand out – just give them a chance!” Biden said.
Biden left his supporters with the reassurance that America should not give up and that we are coming back.
He was in town the same day Michigan saw its first minimum wage hike in six years. The wage increased by 10 percent and is the kick-off to a 25 percent overall increase before it will be capped at $9.25 in 2018.
Biden was preceded on the stage by labor leaders and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and Gary Peters, the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate.