Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rants & Raves

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rants & Raves

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CELEBRATE LABOR

In response to the letter written to the Times-Union, ending with a comment "hey blue-collar workers, there are no free rides anymore," tells me the writer was never a blue-collar worker so obviously cannot relate. It is easy to preach when you have no experience in the field and run, or write, with blinders on. Having worked in the union and non-union sector, I will say this: Money is NOT the main crux of union/management negotiations. There are working conditions, health care, pensions, etc. that are negotiated. There have been workers under a collective bargaining agreement that during the contract have taken pay cuts to help the company. The company I worked for, in fact, with a couple thousand employees, took a 17 percent pay reduction in order to help our company out. This went on for over three years. (In the meantime, some management were receiving a nice bonus, above their regular salary.) That being said, unionized/blue-collar workers just want a fair day's pay for a fairs day's work. Have a chance at a retirement and live a comfortable life. No blue-collar worker gets millions of dollars in severance when laid off, get[s] huge bonuses in the millions and retire[s] on beachfront condo; nor do they expect to. Yet many people begrudge a worker making $50,000 a year, while conveniently turning a blind eye to some "white collar" execs reaping in millions. ... Sad how "a chicken in every pot" has turned into a chicken wing for some and a chicken farm for others, and I think that's chicken something else. Hope everyone had a nice "Labor Day." I hear some "blue collars" outside picking up my recyclables. Guess they didn't get the day off.

GOOD NEWS IS BEST

It was so refreshing to open the Metro section of the Times-Union Monday morning. Three very uplifting stories: 5-month-old saved, baseball event for babies and Silver Alert saves hundreds. I am sure this kind of stuff happens every day. Even the eye-catchers were good: 8-year-old is world-class BMX rider and to-do list for job recovery. …

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