CFL News
May 25, 2012

Letter to the Editor: City workers deserve a big thanks

In a letter to the editor in the Chicago Tribune, Jorge Ramirez commends all of the city workers who worked overtime to keep Chicago safe and clean during the recent NATO summit

Source: Chicago Tribune

By Jorge Ramirez

Chicago's public employees deserve big thanks for working overtime to keep the city clean and its residents safe during the unprecedented challenges of last weekend's NATO summit.

The police officers on the front lines of the protests kept things under control and peaceful. Firefighters and paramedics helped keep law enforcement and activists healthy in 95-degree heat. Streets and sanitation workers kept the city clean. Public transit operators navigated around road closures and other disruptions. City crews made sure international dignitaries saw the natural beauty of Chicago. And hospitality workers made sure they enjoyed their stay enough to bring repeat visits -- and business.

At a time when public employees around the country are being asked to work harder for less, Chicago's working men and women showed their true love for this city and their commitment to protecting our communities. We say thank you.

-- Jorge Ramirez, president, Chicago Federation of Labor