Local Union Leaders Question The Future Of Labor
Published September 3rd, 2012
GAINESVILLE - "Um... I think it's the celebration of our country um, I think for the independence and all that?" Some, like Isabella Mckee of only 9 years old may be too young to know the true meaning of Labor Day.
But others like Courtney Martensen a working student, know what it's all about. She says, "I think people forget that its also a day to celebrate the people who do still work and keep our country safe."
Without any jobs though, there wouldn't be much to celebrate. And that worries local union leaders like the 'Fraternal Order Of Police' and the 'Alachua County Education Association' who say that with the upcoming elections the future of labor is at stake.
Karen McCann president of ACEA says unions are under attack. "I think what has happened is that the unions... The fingers are being pointed at unionism and middle class workers because of a situation that was really created by bankers, wall street and corporations. It was corporate greed," she said.
Jeff McAdams president of the FOP in Gainesville says this is a significant era in which people need to fight for what they think is right. He says, "All we're asking is, is what we are receiving is gonna put us where we should be not getting rich, not being poor but somewhere in the middle."
McCann says the only solution is to vote. She says, "And my only stand on it is that you learn what the issues are, you read, you follow what's happening and then most importantly you get out and vote." Stephanie Bechara, TV20 News.
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