You are there when your community needs you. Thank you.

As many of us work from the safety of our homes to prevent the spread of this deadly virus, we are becoming more aware of the vital role public and private service workers are playing to keep ourselves and our families healthy and safe.

To the brave women and men who continue to work in our medical facilities; to police, fire fighters, EMTs, dispatchers and call takers who are responding to emergency calls; to the care givers in nursing homes and those providing in home care; to water, waste water, custodial and waste services personnel who are continuing to keep our public spaces and the environment clean; to those transporting food and needed goods; to food service workers who are preparing and delivery meals; to teachers who have worked all week converting in class lessons to on line educational instruction for our kids; to State and county workers still processing food aide and unemployment compensation claims for families in need and workers who have been laid off; to the public policy leaders and elected officials who are trying to coordinate state and local governmental responses to this ongoing and changing crisis and to all of the other service workers everywhere still working for all of us – Thank you.

We are witnessing true heroism. The heroes are not the movie stars and ball players we usually idolize when times are good. These are our family members, our union sisters and brothers, our neighbors and in most cases, people we don’t even know, risking their lives so that others may be saved.

Thank you for your work and your sacrifice. Your dedication is not going unnoticed or without deep appreciation. We are all in your debt.

Thank you to the incredible members of AFSCME, Ohio Council 8. Your strength and devotion to your work and your communities is beyond what words can convey. Our families, our communities will survive this threat, in large measure, because of your efforts.

May God bless you and keep you safe.

R. Sean Grayson, President
AFSCME Ohio Council 8, AFL-CIO

6800 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085-2512
Phone: 614-841-1918
Fax: 614-841-1299