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LIQUOR: Where’s concern for the employees?

Letter by Wendy L. Weidman, Gig Harbor on June 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm with 4 Comments »
June 4, 2012 1:27 pm

With all the whining over the new pricing on liquor since sales in Washington state went private on June 1 and with all the coverage of the subject in The News Tribune and other news outlets, the one thing I have found not covered much at all has been the impact on more than 900 Washington State Liquor Control Board employees who were given the boot by this move.

How about a feature on what the loss of their jobs, their health and dental insurances, their ability to keep building toward decent retirements for themselves and their families has done to them? A great many of those employees dedicated years, if not decades, of service to the people of Washington state and were unceremoniously shown the door.

Everyone claims to deplore the current rates of unemployment in this state and country, but it seems no one thought twice about kicking these folks out of their careers.

So next time someone wants to whine that they did not get the cheap liquor prices they thought they would, think about a former board employee who really is entitled to whine about something.

(Weidman is a former assistant manager with a state liquor store in Gig Harbor.)

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. alindasue says:

    Most of the other complaints are by people who just didn’t bother to read the initiative before voting on it. This letter is, at least, a valid complaint by someone whose affect from the new law was not due to self-imposed ignorance.

    I voted for the initiative because I have serious issues with the liquor regulating agency also being the sole proprietor of the product they are supposed to be regulating. (I don’t drink alcohol, so prices were never a concern.) Unfortunately, when any chain of stores is closed down, the employees are affected and for that I am sorry.

    It is my hope that the new vendors and distributors will take your experience into account when they make their hiring decisions.

  2. Zeblistic says:

    I completely agree and this is one of the reasons I voted no. People are self centered. No one thinks “what will all these employees do?” No, they think about cheap and convenience. I wonder how many more homes will be foreclosed because of this.

  3. Theefrinker says:

    It’s never nice to see people losing their jobs, but the fact is that those jobs shouldn’t have existed within state employment to begin with.

  4. Corporations always put profit ahead God, the Country, and the workers.

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