SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (News4Utah) – As the American worker is being celebrated this Labor Day, local lawmakers are using the holiday to reflect on labor laws.
At Magna Copper Park, thousands gather to celebrate those who fuel our local economy.
Like Diane Lewis, the first woman in Utah to manage a building trades union.
“We come together collectively, and we support each other in working conditions, in wages, getting fair wages, getting benefits, healthcare, retirement,” said Lewis, the Business Manager for Laborers Local 295.
Those are also issues that tend to come up with the state legislature.
“People that are the middle class, those are the engine of Utah, the engine of the nation. These people are tradesmen, electricians, firefighters, police officers, troopers, plumbers, you name it. They build America,” said Senator Karen Mayne, (D) West Valley City.
Lawmakers are expected to take up wages, family leave and other issues important to working families.
State Mayne is also addressing a tragedy in her district.
The homicide of West Valley City Code Enforcement Officer Jill Robinson.
“We are looking for all the stakeholders to come together and have policy and rules of the road, so our code enforcement officers can have the tools they need,” said Mayne.
She says the next legislative session will also focus on first responders.
“We’re working on protections for police officers, we’re looking at some firefighter issues.”
The bill to increase code enforcement safety is already written. Senator Mayne expects to file it within the next few weeks.