How do you disagree with this letter writer from East Aurora? Public sector employees don't realize how good many of them have it? The people at the top in the private sector are ruthless. The workers have very little leverage or rights. At many jobs, in order to take a day off, you have to find someone to come in for you. My friend is a restaurant manager for a large chain. If he uses a sick day, he has to make it up later in the week, when he has off.
I would like to see both private sector workers and public sector workers start working together against the real villains-large corporate interests. Public sector employees are not bad people at all. However, I can also understand the frustration expressed in this letter...
Time for public workers to join the real world
I have worked in the private sector for more than 37 years. In that time, my colleagues and I have had to forgo wage increases, sometimes for four years in a row, during the late ’80s and early ’90s. I’ve watched the company I work for have layoffs and reductions in force to remain competitive. During my time in the work force, the Social Security Administration has been forced to increase the age of retirement for my age group from 65 to 66x, and had its treasury sacked by the U.S. government to be given away to people who haven’t worked a day in their lives.
Now I have to read letters in The News written by public service employees whining that Tier VI that will raise the retirement age for public service employees to 65. Welcome to the real world. I’m also sure that the “tiered” raises for teachers, and the plastic surgery clause in the Buffalo Teachers Federation contracts is “for the children.”James M. Stern
East AuroraTime for public workers to join the real world