2009-02-13 / Letters

Respect The Union Label

Dear Editor,

As a steelworker I am a proud member of a union that defends the rights and financial security of its workers. I am proud to be a union member and know that my rights are fought for.

I have seen the campaign literature of Glenn DiResto, and noticed that he used a union printer. The union "bug" is more than just a label to me. It's a symbol of fairness and equity. It means hardworking men, women and their families are looked after to ensure they are paid decent wages and treated fairly. DiResto probably paid a little more money to use a union print shop, but he did what was right.

I couldn't help but notice that two of the candidates in the upcoming special election, Geraldine Chapey and Lew Simon, did not use union printers for their campaign literature. They are both District Leaders here in Rockaway, which is home to many union workers and public servants. Both Simon and Chapey sure are good at talking the talk, but what's their excuse for not using a union print shop?

It's easy to talk a big game and these politicians have been doing that for years. It might have cost a little more to produce this literature, but actions like that say a lot. I hope the voters of Rockaway are listening.


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