The following op-ed is written by Henry Bayer, executive director of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.
Wherever we live and whatever political party we identify with, most Americans agree on a few basic things.
believe that those who work hard should have decent pay, affordable
health care, security in retirement and respect on the job — and that
government should provide essential services, like good schools for our
children, safe streets for our families and a safety net for the most
vulnerable, including the elderly, disabled, at-risk kids and unemployed
Despite this common-sense consensus in support of vital
public services and the men and women who provide them, a chorus of
corporate special interests are echoing extreme attacks on workers and
their rights. And far too many politicians are listening.
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