December 12, 2012
This post is from Richard Gorsuch, Road Maintenance Crew in Carbon County, Montana (Local 3526) and Vice President of AFSCME Council 9.
Do you have two minutes to make a phone call? That’s how long it just took me to leave a message for my elected representatives in Washington, and I need you to do the same.
Here’s what I said: Keep your promise to America’s middle class. Don’t cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or any other programs that people need. Don’t hold tax cuts for the middle class hostage to protect tax cuts for millionaires.
For 23 years, I have worked on the road maintenance crew in Carbon County, Mont. Whether I am driving the snow plow or the grader, my job helps keep the roads safe for my neighbors and my family. I have a wife and five children, and spend as much time as possible on my Harley.
For almost as long as I have worked on the road crew, I have been active in my union. It’s not about strikes or unreasonable wages, it’s about fairness. Our union keeps employers and workers honest.
These are the values that should guide our elected leaders who are trying to close the deficit. Working men and women pay the bills of this country and we deserve a fair shake.
Politicians should stick to what they told the people they were gonna do – help hardworking, middle class Americans. If you agree with me, take a couple of minutes to call your representatives today.