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Letter to the Editor: Working Families Must be Sustained

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By Amos J. Young, Jr.
Assembly District 62 California Democratic Party Delegate; Former Inland Empire and Orange County Regional Director, CYD

Last week, Ohio voters delivered a bona fide victory for public sector workers everywhere. I was pleased to join my Labor Sisters and Brothers on the ground in Gahanna and Columbus, engaging directly with the people of Ohio to Vote No On Issue 2 and repeal Senate Bill 5.

After months of advocacy and organizing, the people of Ohio have defeated a law that would have silenced the middle class and curtailed the collective bargaining rights of thousands of teachers, firefighters and police officers. Ohio has made it clear: these dedicated public servants still need a seat at the table to demand fairness, dignity and respect-- especially in tough economic times. Through their unions, they have a voice in their workplace, in their future and, most importantly, in our future.

In my time as California Democratic Party Delegate and as a Labor Organizer, I’ve seen firsthand time and time again how unions make remarkable contributions to the strength and prosperity of our community.

In workplaces across the Inland Empire, collective bargaining is helping businesses improve their bottom line, providing tax payers with high quality services, making workplaces safer and more productive, and ensuring that all Californian’s have the opportunity to make it into the middle class.

Next year voters of California will likely be faced with a deceptive measure called the Paycheck Protection Act, this initiative Paycheck “deception,” as it should be referred to, attacks organized labor, collective bargaining and all workers’ rights. It’s being circulated by big drug, oil and insurance companies to keep teachers and public employees from participating in the political process. I will urge voters to Vote No on this initiative in the event it comes before us.

I was proud to join my sisters and brothers in Ohio in the fight for social and economic justice.

Public sector workers voices can only be guaranteed when they have the right to organize and bargain collectively. Together, we shall continue to contribute our time, passion and dedication to achieve this incredible feat for working families. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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