300 Union Members, Labor Leaders and Community Activists joined forces on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, to send a clear message to our County Legislatures that we will fight for Workers’ Rights and Collective Bargaining. We are extremely pleased with the number of supporters that attended Wednesday’s rally. It really gives us a greater sense of unity.The Chautauqua County Labor Coalition is working hard to unite the working middle class and the working poor as one collective voice regardless of union or non union affiliation. The CCLC will demonstrate to the leaders of our county and to the media that our collective voice will be heard. We intend to spark labor participation within the decision making process regarding the future direction of our county and its government. Systematic destruction of the working class is non productive and a morally irresponsible approach to County Government.We will remind County Legislatures that Collective Bargaining is not a privilege, it is the law. To be frank, it is the only device the working class of America has to fend off the economic predators allowed to run a muck under the guise of business and job creation. Our elected leaders are bent on the destruction of the middle class stating business cannot afford the working poor although record profits were recorded in 2009 only to be exceeded in 2010. The CCLC will also be standing against the attack on public and private pension plans. The pension benefit is the life blood of the middle class retirement dream and was promised in place of wage increases. The majority of the monies contributed to pension plans are direct contributions made by the participating working not business as the Chamber or Commerce would have you think. The pension system is broken due to lack of proper management on Wall Street not the worker whom contributed or gave up a raise to fund the irrespective retirement. I ask if the money was contributed where is it? Punishment of the capitalist thieves who continuously steal our retirement dreams is the solution, not the defined contribution plan which has no regulation allowing big business to pillage these funds as well.We as a unified middle class and working poor would like to remind our county leaders that we pay the majority of the taxes. We are overtaxed but it is not the labor force that is the issue it is the constant mismanagement of the hard earned tax dollars that have created a national deficit. How many overpriced supervisors, school superintendents, commissioner’s and political appointees are being dismissed or taking a cut to protect the labor taxpayer? Are their more than generous pay, health care, pensions, and vehicle use being cut? If sacrifice by all is to be the standard why is it not leadership by example?

I would like to thank all local 106 members who stood with the Chautauqua County Labor Coalition on March 23, 2011.
We are one!