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Unions still have place at negotiating table

First, a declaration: I am a retired municipal employee and union member. My colleagues in our city were dedicated to the well-being of the residents and voters who made it possible for us to have good employment in their service. My union sisters and brothers found ways to work successfully with management to negotiate a series of contracts fair to the members and to the residents of the city, who ultimately paid our salaries. Our union — my colleagues in the city's library, our parks employees, building inspectors, bus drivers and others — helped residents enjoy full, happy lives. Management, not our union, was attentive to the bottom line, not to the hearts of our...

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