On La­bor Day, thank a union mem­ber

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ernest R. Grecco The writer is pres­i­dent of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Bal­ti­more Coun­cil AFL-CIO Unions.

While of­ten re­garded as a day for one last bar­be­cue, La­bor Day should be about cel­e­brat­ing the con­tri­bu­tions of all work­ing peo­ple.

We make Amer­ica run. From nurses and teach­ers to fire­fight­ers and con­struc­tion work­ers, we get up ev­ery day and work hard to build this na­tion.

I es­pe­cially want to honor the hard work of my union brothers and sis­ters and give thanks for all of the ben­e­fits we en­joy thanks to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing. Ben­e­fits like af­ford­able health care, paid leave, job se­cu­rity and wages high enough to sus­tain a fam­ily.

None of these ben­e­fits would ex­ist with­out work­ing men and women join­ing to­gether in unions to fight for a bet­ter life.

This La­bor Day, let’s cel­e­brate all work­ing peo­ple and the unions that help give them a voice on the job.

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