Union workers lead the way in hurricane recovery

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As residents up and down the East Coast clean up after Superstorm Sandy, it's worth remembering that—as with every disaster—public employees and many other unionized workers are leading those efforts. Firefighters, nurses, utility workers, letter carriers, grocery store employees, hotel workers and a whole range of public employees make sure everyone is taken care of.

As AFT president Randi Weingarten said in a message to members during the storm, "I want to thank all of the people who began preparing for the storm early, will be working through it, and will keep up their work long after it passes to help repair and rebuild our communities. Many of them are the public and utility workers who are always there when we need them."

This slideshow from the International Labor Communications Association features many of the workers in action in New York City.

For people still dealing with Sandy, the AFL-CIO has a list of helpful resources. In addition, the United Way has activated 2-1-1 help lines in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. The help line can identify useful resources and services for callers. [AFL-CIO, ILCA, Dan Gursky]

October 31, 2012