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UNION: Leaders’ actions set an example

Letter by Dennis Quilio, Gig Harbor on Feb. 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm | 5 Comments »
February 22, 2011 1:15 pm

Re: “Public unions can spare themselves the backlash” (editorial, 2-20).

The News Tribune editorial board would do well to actually read some of the content the newspaper publishes. Less than a year ago an article reported that even in the current recession, most public workers are paid less than their private sector counterparts. That includes medical benefits and pensions.

For his part, Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson would do well to remember that leadership begins at the top, and actions speak louder than words. He set the example for the rest of us by accepting a 17 percent pay raise even while he was exhorting city employees and unions to re-open contracts and give up pay and benefits.

If the city can afford to pay its top administrator an additional $35,000 per year on top of a wage that was already three to five times that of the average city worker, it can certainly afford to continue with modest step increases for the rest of us.

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