A Thought On Labor Day
Even if you’re lucky enough to have one or two part-time jobs in this “recovery” economy, chances are you’re still struggling to make ends meet. We live in a time where working people are in the fight for their lives, only one slip-up away from disaster.
That’s a reality that has consequences — and casualties. Didn’t your heart break when you read the story from New Jersey about Maria Fernandes? The 32 year old worked four part time jobs and lost her life when she tried to get a few hours of sleep in her car between shifts.
Maria died in her Dunkin’ Donuts uniform.
Shocking stories like this and so many others from our own neighborhoods are reminders that in these times, hard working people are undervalued and taken advantage of more than I can ever remember.
Without working people, nothing happens. No wealth is created for anybody.
That seems so obvious, doesn’t it?
Why, then, do so many of our leaders act only in the service of big business and not the workers that create the revenues that big business earns?
Today on Labor Day, we celebrate the people who make our country’s economy possible.
But I want our workers celebrated every day. I want our political leadership to stop selling out to the people who cut working people’s wages, who play games with their working schedules, who threaten them and who move better jobs overseas so workers’ choices dwindle.
My opponent in this race, Patrick Daley Thompson, worked for years for a law firm that actively helps companies send jobs overseas. They brag about it today.
Today is Labor Day. The election in February is months away, but during that time, I want you to think about who is a friend to hard working people in this election for 11th Ward Alderman.
And to think about who isn’t.
Maureen Sullivan is running for Alderman of Chicago’s 11th Ward.