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Governor Bryan Issues Public Statement About Labor Day

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan issued the following statement to mark Labor Day, on September 6, 2021:

“On Labor Day, we proudly celebrate and pay tribute to the working Virgin Islanders whose immeasurable contributions shape our workforce and serve as the backbone of our economy.

“Our storied history tells of our ancestors who sacrificed to build a middle class and who blazed the trail for hard-working families to secure fair and equitable wages, workplace safety, and the right to collective bargaining. 

“During this time of uncertainty in our territory, the Bryan-Roach Administration holds steady in its commitment to support and provide the relief our hard-working Virgin Islanders need to stay safe while having the ability to take care of their families as we build on our efforts to advance an economy that works for every Virgin Islander,” Governor Bryan said. 

Bryan made no mention of the fact that Hurricane Irma devastated St. Thomas on September 6, 2017.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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