Sunday, May 14, 2006
Protecting City of St. Augustine Employees
My mother was for decades a local government employee -- long the Purchasing Secretary at a County College in Southern New Jersey. I learned first-hand in her office the ways of government and was inspired to see her lead her fellow employees (secretaries and custodians). They were treated disdainfully in negotiations. They then rose up and win a strike against oppressive working conditions. I helped them picket. They were paid for the week they were on strike. Their achievements were nationally recognized by the International Union of Electrical Workers (they became IUE Local 440). On Mother's Day, I salute her (and all of the workers). Today we rededicate ourselves to holding the City of St. Augustine accountable -- for the good of our City and employees and citizens alike. Failure to provide our City employees with hazardous waste training is a symptom of deep failures to lead by our City Manager, WILLIAM B. HARRISS. (see next article).