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Labor agenda alive

September 29, 2012
Kathleen Carlson, Treasurer Marquette County Labor Council , The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

This past Labor Day, the Marquette County Labor Council and affiliates recognized the women and men who do the work that keeps America strong. That's pretty much all of us, whether we are employed or looking for work. What connects all of us is a vision of an America that honors and respects work and the people who do it.

Labor Day is a reminder that it was the blood, sweat and tears of working families that made this country great, not the 1 percenters. We will not let working families be blamed for an economic mess created by Wall Street. We reject the vision of some politicians that advances the interest of the privileged and powerful that produced historic income inequality and wrecked our economy.

The Labor Council calls for electing leaders who will fight for real solutions to the problems that led to the economic crisis - such as deregulated banks, outsourcing and a tax systems that favors the rich over working families.

The Labor Council also stresses the importance of the November ballot proposals: A vote of no on 12-1. The Emergency Manager Law, which authorizes the Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon the state finding a financial emergency, and allowing the EM to act in place of local government officials. A vote of yes on 12-2. A proposal

To amend the state constitution regarding collective bargaining. Which protects the right to organize, to form and join unions and to bargain collectively with public or private employers regarding wages, hours and other term and conditions of employment.

America will prosper when the people who are the pulse of America are recognized, respected and compensated fairly. Workers should enjoy the basic rights are "employment, the right to join or organize a union, full participation in the electoral process, a quality education and a secure and healthy future."




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