USA: sanitation workers figure in presidential election campaign

“We’re kind of like the invisible people. He doesn’t realize, you know, the service we provide,” says sanitation worker Richard Hayes, who has picked up the trash at Mitt Romney’s Californian house.

Hayes and fellow sanitation worker Joan Raymond appear in an online ad campaign by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The campaign suggests that Republican presidential candidate Romney is benefiting from government services while threatening to cut them back. Representing 1.6 million public service workers, AFSCME is supporting President Barack Obama in the 2012 US election.

On their website, AFSCME quotes from a speech by Martin Luther King at rally of striking sanitation workers

So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in professional jobs, of those who are not in the so-called big jobs. But let me say to you tonight that whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth. All labor has dignity.

Related website: AFSCME – Politics

Source: Eric W. Dolan, Romney’s sanitation workers bash his ‘hypocritical’ views, Raw Stpry, 01 Oct 2012 ; Meet Richard Hayes. He Picks Up Mitt Romney’s Trash, AFSCME, 01 Oct 2012

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