Letter to the Editor


On June 2, 2016 a dear friend of mine, Joseph W. Nigro, Jr., passed away.  We grew up together in the Woodlawn section of Everett, and he came from a wonderful family.  He served his country in the Air Force National Guard, and went on to become a remarkable leader with a long and illustrious career in the American labor movement.  Under Joe’s leadership the United States Supreme Court confirmed the right to use project labor agreements on public projects, and this created innumerable job opportunities for union construction workers across the nation.  When I went to the wake of my great friend I found that the funeral home lacked disability access.  Thankfully, eight Everett Firefighters were able to lift me and my wheelchair up the steep steps so I could pay my respects at the casket, and they also carried me out.  I thank them so much.  This is another example of how we in Everett are indebted to the men and women who serve as our firefighters and police.

 Leo J. Barrett

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