By Mike Hellstrom and Ronald Bergamini
Editor’s Note: This is an op-ed from Mike Hellstom, secretary treasurer, Laborers Local 108 and Ron Bergamini, CEO, Action Carting Environmental Services.
Unions have been in the news lately. The US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Janus v. AFSCME holding that public sector employees can benefit from union representation without paying dues has garnered much commentary. That, as well as growing concerns about income inequality, has thrust the social and political role of unions into the forefront of public debate in a way we have not seen in years.
Also in the news—and rightly so—is the issue of civility (or lack thereof) in public discourse. Some folks in high places are acting without much civility; leading to debates about what civility entails or whether it still matters. There seems to even be a movement to fight incivility with more of it, an irony too rich to start exploring here.
…Some activists, another union, and too many elected officials prefer to play on stereotypes and some particularly bad actors to portray the whole waste industry as out control and impervious to the needs of workers, the community, and the environment…
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