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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We want the freedom to ensure our future

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Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:01 am

I thought I was among the lucky because I work for the city of Fort Wayne. For 34 years, I served this community in my job at Water Maintenance Services. My co-workers and I are the folks that ensure that our drinking water is safe and maintain fire hydrants so they are ready when firefighters are called to serve.

You may have seen one of us working into the night to fix a water main break so our schools can open on time. We are proud to be of service to this community, and we are grateful for the work. We thought that our city leaders respected our efforts, and until 2014 we worked together to negotiate a fair rate of return on that work.

We had the freedom to unite to ensure we have the right to take time off to be with family when needed, or make our voices heard regarding a retirement planning. Thanks to John Crawford and others on City Council we no longer have those rights.

This Labor Day please stand with us as we ask that City Council re-evaluate this decision. We are only asking for the freedom to provide a secure future for our families.

John Bloom

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