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LIQUOR: Thanks, Costco, for hurting families

Letter by Patricia L. Frederick, Tacoma on June 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm | 57 Comments »
June 5, 2012 1:40 pm

Re: “Where’s concern for the employees?” (letter, 6-5).

Kudos to Wendy Weidman for giving a voice to the ex-liquor employees. To some, 900 may not seem like a large number, but it”s 900 families who now have to struggle even more.

My son-in-law is one of the 900 who lost his job. He and his wife work hard to raise their three sons. These employees not only lost a valuable source of income but now must struggle further to meet their basic needs to survive. Unemployment will help, which by the way is also taxed as income, but how many of them will have to look to the welfare rolls to make up for their loss of medical and food?

Did Costco give them any thought when it poured $20 million into getting the liquor initiative passed? Has it hired any ex-liquor store employees? The jobs at the old state-run stores are there at minimum wage with no benefits, if the new owners hire them at all. What a blow for employees who have worked to raise their families.

Thank you, Costco, for taking the livelihood from the 900 who now have an even larger struggle in this already depressed economy.


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