Letter: Union endorsements, political races

Steve Cassidy, center, President of the Uniformed Firefighters Steve Cassidy, center, President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, listens as Bill Thompson, candidate for New York City mayor, speaks after receiving the firefighters union's endorsement for his candidacy. (July 9, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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Candidates running for office and courting union endorsements face a blatant conflict of interest ["LI labor federation," Spin Cycle, July 1].

Politicians get into office and sign off on deals that disgust the public. But the backlash against municipal unions is misplaced. The public should not fault unions for trying to get the best deals for their members, or the members for accepting the deals.

If the public is fed up with these contracts, place the blame where it belongs: with the politicians. These are the same politicians who court union endorsements and make who knows what promises at taxpayer expense in the hope of being elected.

Michael Genzale, Shoreham

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