Local NAACP president: Collective bargaining part of right to democratic process

| June 26, 2014
The Rev. Dr. Saharra Bledsoe

The Rev. Dr. Saharra Bledsoe

Urges City Council members to support mayor’s veto

Dear Council Members:

I’ve spent a great deal of time researching all I could find regarding collective bargaining and I’ve listened intently to your conversations and studied over the material, what little there is, of what has been presented locally on the topic. And, while I thoroughly understand your previously stated standings/votes on this issue it is my sincerest hope that this evening when you cast your vote, you will cast it in support of the mayor’s veto.

You see, the argument that approving this ordinance would save the taxpayers money, over and over again lead me right back to the reality that “there are some things that are far greater than money,” and the right of workers to collectively bargain for wages, working hours and conditions, overtime payments, holidays, vacation benefits and more importantly procedures for on the job dispute resolutions, all fit into being something far greater than any financial worth or savings. They are plainly a part of a process which separates man from beast and shines as a bright beacon of light for what really makes America great—our right to a democratic process whereby we are able to sit down together, despite our differences and establish what’s best, not just for ourselves, but one another.

It’s also disheartening to witness how the vote regarding this issue has fallen along party lines and it is my sincerest hope that this too will change, because while I applaud one’s dedication to their particular political view and belief this issue is far greater than one’s expression of political loyalty. For the sake of our entire city, I ask each of you to look further into your whole responsibility as councilman and act to embrace our city workers and their right to collective bargaining with a certain certainty that speaks to both the greater good and one of the best ways to keep our city moving forward.

—Rev. Dr. Saharra Bledsoe, President

NAACP Local Branch #3049

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