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Tag: unions. state workers

Dec.
17th

UNIONS: State workers donate while sacrificing

Re: “Public unions have a choice: Save pay – or jobs” (editorial, 12-17).

I was disappointed by the editorial’s tone. It lumped local and state government workers together in referencing “very generous compensation,” yet the state workforce has shrunk 11.2 percent since 2008 and remaining workers are amidst a 3 percent salary reduction that came after 10 unpaid furlough days.

These cuts have occurred even as major private-sector employers, such as Boeing and Microsoft, have given pay increases.

Rather than rebuke state workers, let’s applaud them for doing their part to sacrifice while remaining generous. In 2011, through the

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