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Notebook’s Discussion Candid About Union’s Grip on the Public Purse


Editor:

Thank you for your candid discussions regarding unions and their grip on the public purse. (Editor’s Notebook: “Labor Pact Helps the Few,” Jan. 14.)

Obviously, the union bosses have their hands firmly gripped around the necks of the politicians … the politicians give the bosses what they want in order to get elected … and the public gets hosed.

The real (long-term) tragedy for San Diego (and the country) though, is the epidemic of public apathy that keeps all these people in their positions of public trust, year after year. Sad.

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, Randy Tagg

San Diego

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How Quickly We Forget Sweat Shops, Child Labor Were Routine Practice


Editor:

Re: “Labor Pact Helps the Few at the Expense of the Many,” appearing Jan. 21 in your Editor’s Notebook.

According to the SEC, Colin V. Reed, CEO of Gaylord Entertainment Co., raked in $3.96 million in total compensation in 2006.

We are a small and relatively new local labor union, however, this is more money made by one person in one year than everyone in our local has made in their entire lives.

Labor unions are just trying to provide some leverage for the average blue-collar worker to hold his own in terms of wages and benefits paid.

Generally, we are just looking for a fair deal, i.e., fair compensation and benefits for work performed.

I don’t think it’s much to ask for enough compensation to afford a home, a decent car, health care, and good schools for the kids, in exchange for showing up to work every day. Why shouldn’t we ask individuals with projects, whether construction, film or whatever, to hire locally and pay decent wages? Is this wrong?

Labor unions, like all human endeavors, are not perfect entities, but neither are corporations.

Only 100 years ago in this country, sweat shops and child labor were routine practice. Gone today because of the efforts of the labor movement. But still practiced in other countries, courtesy of our corporations, as little as 20 miles from here, in Tijuana’s maquiladoras.


, Jack Shepherd

Motion Picture Studio Mechanics Business Manager

I.A.T.S.E. local 495

San Diego

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