President Message

March 2012

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Dear members,

I hope all have had a wonderful and joyous holiday season. Our party was a great success and it was outstanding to meet so many members. We hope to see even more of our members at this year's party. The Executive Board and I have nothing to report on the negotiation front except that the City has not backed off their request for a zero percent raise for the first three years of any contract. We hope to have more to report concerning our contract in the future.

The attack on our pensions is relentless by our government officials. Most of us will never see the exorbitant amounts that seem to be plastered all over the papers. My one concern is that even with all these exorbitant pensions that we see in the paper, do these payouts add up to what city time has cost the taxpayers (approximately $700,000,000.00). I have said many times that we all took City jobs for less money, healthcare and a defined pension benefit for when we retire. Now we are being demonized by the politicians because we were willing to take less in the beginning to have security in our latter years.

The Presidential election is right around the corner and we all need to get out and vote. The Republican agenda is to attack the working family any way you look at it. They are the ones that are attacking our benefits as workers and allowing corporations to leave our country in the name of profits. We are all part of the 99% and need to realize that this election is about class struggle. I believe that all people should pay the same percentage of income tax. How is it that someone whom is a millionaire can pay an income tax of approximately 11% while we as the working class pay 30%. This is injustice and has been bought and paid for by people that are trying to win the Republican nomination. The economy is starting to turn around and better days are closer than we think. We need to vote Democratic to stay the course and vote for President Obama in the fall because I believe that he gives all of us a chance, where the other side believes in government by the few.

The national debt was incurred thanks to the war in Iraq. There is a misconception that war brings prosperity to the country that wages it. This is true at some levels, the businesses that make money off of war profit but the country goes into debt because of the expenses that are associated with war on the nation. Wars do put people to work but that is usually at entry level positions that don't have a high pay scale. To wage war costs a great deal of money and if you look at when the economy started to turn around it was when we started to pull troops out of Iraq. You don't have to agree with me but I still believe we can thank the Republicans for the deficit and all of their cohorts that were in power before President Obama was elected.

Our General Membership meeting will take place on Wednesday March 28, 2012 6:00 PM in the Union Office located at 36-36 33rd Street Suite 200 L.I.C. New York 11106. Refreshments will be served.

In Unity,

James Golden