Statement by Mike Hellstrom, Business Manager Waste Material, Recycling & General Industrial Laborers Local 108 on the Port Authority Plan to Finance its Capital Program

Aug 09, 2011, 14:00 ET from Laborers' Local 108

NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was release today by Mike Hellstrom, business manager of Laborers' Local 108:

"Every workday members of my union, Laborers' Local 108, get behind the wheel of recycling and trash hauling trucks, as they perform their work.  They live throughout the metropolitan New York area and depend on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to maintain the roads, bridges and tunnels on which they are driving.  On any given day hundreds of our members are at work at the Port of Newark.  That is why it is so important that the Port Authority has the resources it needs to do its job.  Our members depend on a thriving, successfully and growing Port Authority.  

"On behalf of the 1,700 members of Local 108, I am pleased to lend my support to the proposed toll and fare increases that will support the Port Authority's capital plan.  Maintaining and expanding the infrastructure throughout New York and New Jersey is key to growing our economy.  Without the roads, bridges, tunnel and transportation centers that the Port Authority owns and maintains, New York could not remain the worldwide center for business, commerce and trade.  

"Calling for an increase in tolls and fare increases is never easy.  However, the Port Authority should be commended for its commitment to our city and states and supported in its efforts."

SOURCE Laborers' Local 108