Tom Corbett in the Labor Day parade would be hypocrisy

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The media have dedicated an unusually high amount of attention to this year’s Labor Day activities, specifically Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade. Unfortunately, the invite list has overshadowed the reason we celebrate America’s working families (“Corbett Not Welcome at Parade,” Aug. 22). Work connects us all, and there is dignity in all work. Firefighters, steelworkers, nurses, janitors, electricians and teachers, to name a few.

It would be hypocrisy to include someone whose own misguided agenda has sought to tear down the social and economic protections that workers, unions, progressive lawmakers and forward-thinking employers have built. Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration has done just that. He has attacked workers, seniors and our children. He has made his mark undermining collective bargaining, education funding, retirement security and forcing communities to raise property taxes. Pursuing policies that stifle Pennsylvania, and do not move it forward, is not the kind of Labor Day the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO supports.

There is dignity in all work. On Labor Day, let’s recognize that and celebrate workers everywhere.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

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