In Memoriam

Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for many years during the period of its historic growth, and a staunch defender of civil rights, who died July 10. In addition to being an effective union leader in bargaining for good wages and working conditions for his members, he was a prominent voice in the fight for affordable health care for all and against the ongoing drive by Republicans and some Democrats to privatize public services that would turn essential services for people into for-profit enterprises.