Job Is To Protect - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1829460

Job Is To Protect

How can the unions not mandate vaccination? Isn’t their job to protect their members? One-third of U.S. employees belong to unions; add their families, and you would reach herd immunity if, like those in the private sector, they demanded vaccinations.

Just like the Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911 brought unions into existence, now is another seminal point in time. The head of unions should protect the whole country. How can they let corporations take the right path and not mandate the vaccine to their people? Small businesses are serving only people who have proof of vaccination. That’s a monetary sacrifice. But, on the other hand, these businesses are keeping union members working.

Union leadership, take yourself out of this stupid political fiasco of one man, Donald Trump. Your responsibility is to the 146 women who died in that fire on the Lower East Side of New York City.

My parents were loyal union members all their lives, members of ILGWGW. They worked alongside David Dubinsky. I know they, and he, would be ashamed of your current position. It’s not too late to get on the right side of democracy and humanity.

All heads of unions who are taking the non-position on mandates are committing what should be a crime. Therefore, they should be treated as such.

To use the work stoppage of police is a threat to the whole population. Remember, Trump knows what he is doing, and someone must tell Trump this is not a television show.

The seminal line American in history is: “Have you no shame?”

Jerry Rosengarten

Southampton Village