I’ll admit it. The recent snowstorm that paralyzed the South made me realize how much I, like many Americans, take public service workers for granted.
Throughout the South, teachers kept watch over their students as they were stranded in schools overnight. A police officer stepped in to deliver a baby girl in the middle of a hectic traffic jam. And Georgia’s Highway Emergency Response Operators – known as HEROs – joined Georgia’s State Patrol and National Guard to transport motorists who were forced to abandon their cars in the storm.
Public service workers are there when we need them. And a new report released by the Jobs with Justice Education Fund profiles how they continue to help us – even after the storms. The report, titled “Improving Government Through Labor-Management Collaboration and Employee Ingenuity” documents how public employees work collaboratively with management to make government run better.
Please take a moment to read Jobs with Justice’s report. It’s a powerful reminder that public service workers are not only heroes, but also invaluable advocates to save tax dollars, promote efficiency and improve the services we all rely on.