President Bush says America's workers are the driving force behind the country's status as the world's economic leader.
In a speech at a maritime training center to mark the Labor Day holiday Monday Mr. Bush also said there should be less dependence on foreign oil and the U.S. must be aggressive in efforts to open international markets to its goods.
The speech came as the president seeks to bolster support for his Republican Party ahead of mid-term U.S. congressional elections in November.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, was created by the U.S. labor movement. The holiday has been celebrated each year for more than a century, a tribute to the contributions of workers.
Labor Day is generally considered a day to engage in recreational activities, such as picnicking with family and friends -- and not working.