Re: “Original mandate grossly overstepped” (letter, 2-19).
Thanks to our unions, we have been able to raise wages, benefits and limit hours of work to humane levels, levels that the average family can survive on. This includes public sector workers, who the letter writer thinks are overpaid.
Most public sector employees have been shouldering the burden of rising costs and lackluster budgets. We have forgone or taken severely deflated COLA raises and have increased employee contributions to our pensions and medical care.
Get off your anti-union soap box and look at both sides of the story. If it were not for unions, this great country would be a quarter of what it is today. We would look like some third world country. Unions are not anarchists, but democratic, where everyone has a vote, every vote counts and we abide by the majority-wins rule.
We also support candidates of any party who look out for our family living wage issues. Do some research next time, find out who really is overpaid and you’ll find it is the nonrepresented management types who love to beat their workers down.
(Gehringer is president of Local Lodge 297, International Association of Machinists.)