CHICAGO, September 11, 2019—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement on the anniversary of 9-11:
“Today, we remember the lives lost on 9-11—the workers in those towers, from the janitors to the first responders, who lost their lives. Our local firefighters were among those who organized across the nation to send staff, help and support to the people of New York City in the days and weeks following that tragedy.”
“Today, Chicago firefighters are also bargaining for a new contract that respects their work and the essential role they play in keeping civilians safe. They serve us every day as they did on 9-11, as the front line in critical public safety work, from stamping out five-alarm fires to getting people in health crisis the critical care they need.
“While we recognize that the City of Chicago is confronting budget issues, it’s important to remember that when it comes to firefighters, austerity measures and the CFD simply do not belong in the same sentence.”