Los Angeles 2024 officials have reaffirmed their commitment to “working closely with the city’s workforce” to stage a safe, well-run and low-risk Olympic Games, following the Labor Day celebrations across the United States.
The Labor Day holiday, which takes place on the first Monday in September each year, is aimed at celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers.
Los Angeles 2024 have claimed their trade union credentials are clear, due to Unite-Here vice-president Maria Elena Durazo serving as vice-chair of the bid.
As well as Durazo, who previously led the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) from 2006 until 2014, fellow board members include labor leaders Rusty Hicks and Laphonza Butler.
Hicks is currently the secretary treasurer of the AFL-CIO, while Butler is the President of SEIU Local 2015, who aim to get families to unite to raise wages and “achieve justice”.
Los Angeles 2024 claim the trio represent millions of American workers across the country, including much of the workforce who would help to deliver the Olympic Games in 2024.
“We celebrate American workers for their hard work, resilience and remarkable achievements to our communities and country,” said Casey Wasserman, Los Angeles 2024 chairman. “Los Angeles 2024 is proud to stand with workers as we look forward together to delivering an unforgettable global celebration of sport that benefits all Angelenos and the Olympic Movement should our city be awarded the great honor of being named host city for the 2024 Games.
“We are prepared to show the world how the new LA can deliver an innovative, sustainable and low-risk New Games for a new era.”
Los Angeles 2024 state that workers would be key in delivering public services should they be awarded the Olympics and Paralympics, as well as at venues and in the transport, hospitality and construction industries.
Budapest, Paris and Rome are also bidding to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee is due to elect its chosen host city at its Session in Lima in September 2017.
By Michael Pavitt
Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz