Meet Richard Hayes. He Picks Up Mitt Romney’s Trash.

AFSCME launches campaign featuring public workers who service Mitt Romney’s La Jolla, Calif., neighborhood

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 1, 2012.  

Meet Richard Hayes. He is a City of San Diego sanitation worker. His route includes Mitt Romney’s street in La Jolla, Calif., where Romney owns a $12 million oceanfront mansion. Hayes is featured in a new video spotlighting public service workers who provide services to Mitt Romney.

Says Hayes in the video: “We’re kind of like the invisible people. He doesn’t realize, you know, the service we provide… When I’m 55, 60 years old I know my body’s gonna be breaking down. Mitt Romney doesn’t care about that.”

The “Meet Richard Hayes” video is one in a series of videos juxtaposing the personal stories with Romney’s dismissal of nearly half of all Americans (in the now-famous video released by “Mother Jones”) and his agenda to cut and privatize public services.

The second video, “Meet Temo” features Temo Fuentes, a City of San Diego employee who fixes the fire trucks that service Mitt Romney’s neighborhood.  (Fuentes’ mother used to clean houses in the area.) Long-time City of San Diego sanitation worker Joan Raymond is featured in the third video. The videos were produced by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, and the workers featured are AFSCME members.

The videos can be viewed at:

“Most people know of Mitt Romney’s oceanfront home, because he paid $12 million dollars for it and he plans to install an elevator for his cars.  We know his house because it is in La Jolla, one of the wealthiest communities in America. People like Richard Hayes keep that neighborhood beautiful and running,” said AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders.

“Mitt Romney says his job is not to care about nearly half of America. Whatever your political stripe, no one should disregard, dismiss, and disrespect half of the country. So we want to put a face on the hard-working men and women who Mitt relies on for public services,” added Saunders.

AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.