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To the editor:
If every city had a superpower, New York City’s would be its unionized workers. We have people running the nation’s largest hospital network from the doctors, nurses and technicians. We have the schools from the principals to the teachers to the janitors.
Every building in the city that is run by union labor makes the city stronger and the economy more vibrant. Many people say New York is the business capital of the world but we are also the nation’s union capital.
Increasing wages and benefits help the working class. They also boost the economy. Making the city healthy and distributing the wealth is an important facet of improving everyday lives. Allowing retirees to keep their health care and to remain part of organized labor is essential to ensure we keep our promise to past and present union workers.
Making the workplace a safer place benefits the workers and the riding public. Happier and healthier employees benefit the public and union workers alike.
But as a member of Transport Workers Union local 100, I look forward to the days that unions are run more democratically, where employees have increased say in the important issues affecting transit riders and workers. Where we can all work together to make this city a better place.
The writer is a bus operator.
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