Remember workers who give it their all
On Labor Day we reflect on where we stand as members of the American labor force.
Work during a pandemic has brought the issue of workplace safety to the forefront.
Essential, front-line and public facing workers risked the most and died in greatest numbers while the uber-rich watched their portfolios expand from the comfort of their country homes.
Public services continued at great personal risk to those workers whose job it is to maintain those services.
They did this because they are responsible for the care of their community and others; sanitation, safe drinking water, infrastructure maintenance, caring for those in group homes with developmental disabilities, the elderly in a nursing home or those with mental health struggles.
“Unions brought you the weekend,” is an oft-repeated phrase, but truthfully we’ve brought a whole lot more.
We pushed for safety legislation and life-saving policies so every worker could safely do their job and return home to their family.
Labor unions continue the fight and we’re nowhere near done fighting. Families aren’t done fighting. Pandemic or no pandemic, we face numerous challenges as we strive for equity for all workers.
As a society, we must learn to value the person stocking the shelves more than CEO’s stocking their wallet. So please enjoy your Labor Day. Give a thought to those we have lost.
Give thanks for those still here and commit to the fight for better conditions for all workers.
The writer is CSEA Capital Region president.
Protect others; Get the covid vaccine
I write in response to Rev. Nikolas Kaiser’s letter (“Unvaccinated not to blame for new cases”) in the Aug. 27 Gazette.
Do vaccinated people get covid infections? Yes. But they account for a small fraction of new cases, the vast majority of which still occur amongst the unvaccinated.
Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) states that a vaccinated person is 29 times less likely to become infected than an unvaccinated one.
The CDC director, Rachelle Walensky, further states that “virtually all” people who now die from covid are unvaccinated.
If similar studies showed that not using seat belts (or baby car seats) accounted for the majority of all automobile deaths, would you still believe that you do not need to wear a seat belt (or use a baby car seat)?
Therefore, if the rise in hospitalizations and deaths are rising because people are not getting vaccinated, should you continue to not get vaccinated?”
If you are not vaccinated, please, please do it now. Protect yourself and those around you.
Taliban would be no problem for Patton
God asked Gen. George Patton how long it would take him to defeat the Taliban.
Patton thought for a moment then replied, “Five hours and 29 minutes.”
God asked what the 29 minutes were. Patton replied, “To defeat the Taliban.”
God then asked what the five hours were for.
Patton said, “That’s how long I will be laughing.”
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