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In a new video released today by AFSCME, the nation’s largest public employee union, sanitation worker Richard Hayes talks about picking up the Romney family’s garbage – and the Republican nominee’s attitude toward Americans like him.

Hayes begins the video by noting that “we’re kind of like the invisible people,” and ends it by lamenting that “Mitt Romney doesn’t care” about his problems — a fact made perfectly clear by the presidential candidate’s comments at a secretly recorded fundraiser in May.

My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash. We’re kind of like the invisible people…he doesn’t realize that the service we provide — if it wasn’t for us, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash.

Residents do come out and shake our hands. Sometimes they give us hugs and thank us for the job we’re doing, hand us waters and Gatorades. Tell us we’re doing a good job, and keep up the good work.

Picking up 15, 16 tons by hand, that takes a toll on your body. When I’m 55, 60 years old, I know my body’s gonna break down. Mitt Romney doesn’t care about that.

According to Politico, the ad is “the first in a series of videos intended to be part campaign attack, part online testimonial, part survey tool and part recruiting tool.” In addition to the Richard Hayes spot, AFSCME also has similar videos featuring San Diego sanitation driver Joan Raymond and fire truck repairman Temo Fuentes on its website.

AFSCME has endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election, and has made 80 ad buys on his behalf in the past month, according to The Washington Times.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.