On Tuesday February 12, 2019 Omaha City Council passed a resolution to allow the City Public Works Department to hire three outside contracts to fill potholes in our city instead of filling the vacant positions and using our workers. We may have lost this battle but we have not lost the war. There is an ongoing investigation into why the Street Maintenance Department is having problems not only hiring people, but why they are unable to retain people and why so many of them are being disciplined. We must not be afraid to speak up and stand together. People need to set aside the fear of retaliation if we want things to change.
Being a public employee’s means that you have the opportunity to affect a real change. We get the opportunity to elect our bosses. We need to stand together and use that power. Every one of our members has the power to make Local 251 a more effective fighter for workplace rights and justice by educating yourselves, being the “eyes and ears” of the workers, showing solidarity and being involved. This week showed that we are not afraid to stand up and to fight for what we believe is right. You can choose not to keep informed about union issues and not to participate or we can all stand together and stand up for what is best our union brothers and sisters.