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ELECTION: Don’t believe anti-union propaganda

Letter by Sonya M. Ogden, Tacoma on Oct. 8, 2012 at 11:02 am with No Comments »
October 8, 2012 12:50 pm

Re: Pierce Transit Proposition 1.

Pierce Transit employees do not have “Cadillac insurance.” We have two choices: Group Health and Regence. We have a deductible, co-pays and a monthly premium, just like any other Pierce County resident who has a job that provides health insurance.

The only difference is we have a “high experience rating.” When Pierce Transit goes out yearly to get medical insurance, it is faced with the fact that the employees at Pierce Transit have a high usage of the medical insurance, therefore the rates offered are very high from the insurance brokers.

You cannot believe the catastrophic illnesses we experience as bus drivers. You cannot believe how many deaths we deal with on a regular basis. We are exposed to pollution, communicable diseases and assaults.

When you read editorials in The News Tribune or a blog about the yearly salary the average employee receives, they are including the monthly insurance premium that is paid per employee plus the salary. I do not make more than $90,000 a year as a bus driver. Before taxes, I make a little over $50,000. That is a decent family “union” wage earning.

As a bus driver that cares for her passengers, I am asking you to please support Proposition 1 and do not believe the propaganda that is be putting out there by the opposition.

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