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DOC Teamster Speaks Out in the Spokesman Review

Cheryl-Steele---Photo.jpgGreat job, Cheryl Steele!  Cheryl is an incredible Teamster Shop Steward who works at the Airway Heights Correctional Center in Spokane.  She's just published a letter to the editor of the Spokesman Review in support of workers and their unions.  

The letter is published below:

Labor Day is the celebration of the American Worker and the role we each play in the social and economic achievements of America. This election season it is more evident than ever that we must vote to build on the past as we modernize the means for future economic development.

The only “jobs” Michael Baumgartner has created are those of his own campaign staff. As far as I can tell, Baumgartner has only either worked for the government or as a professional politician. Never having met a payroll, I’m confused as to why he is fixated on compromising the working men and women of our state with so-called “Right to Work” legislation. I agree with the past Spokesman Review headline, “Right to Work Weird for Washington.”

I was a Republican. I ran for the state legislature as a Republican. But, I don’t recognize my party any more. Baumgartner and the Tea-Party types would do well this Labor Day to remember the words of Dwight Eisenhower who said, “Workers have a right to organize into unions and to bargain collectively with their employers. And a strong, free labor movement is an invigorating and necessary part of our industrial society.”

Cheryl Steele

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