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Letters: Billionaires engage in class warfare, too

Maria D. Maisonet, center, of Brooklyn, marches with

Maria D. Maisonet, center, of Brooklyn, marches with protesters from MoveOn.org, the Occupy Movement and the Long Island Progressive at a David Koch fundraiser for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Southampton. (July 8, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Columnist Cathy Young is right when she identifies the middle class struggle to stay afloat economically as a pressing issue [“The value of Bernie Sanders in 2016,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. Unfortunately, she also calls the fundamentals of that struggle a “class warfare” by the “modern cultural left.”

Why isn’t it class warfare when corporate interests like the Koch brothers spend hundreds of millions to eviscerate collective bargaining and the social safety nets in state legislatures across America? Their goal appears to be to destroy the labor movement.

Let’s be frank: A handful of billionaires wage class warfare and build fortunes at the expense of the most vulnerable working families. Our labor movement is fighting to level the playing field.

John R. Durso, Hauppauge

Editor’s note: The writer is the president of the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and RWDSU/UFCW 338.

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