View was aimed
at union divide
The OBSERVER's View about the County Home, "Union fails with workers" (Feb. 10) was bias and anti-labor. The leadership of any union is elected to represent the best interest of its members. Your "view" only tries to divide the union.
Giving into extortion by the county executive over workers accepting concessions to keep the County Home public has proven to be a rouse. The county executive has no interest in keeping the County Home public.
We just need to ask the local steelworker, garment workers or any of the manufacturing unions how well concessions work. Government policies over the past 30 years have been anti-union and anti-labor. Those free trade agreements have failed the American worker. Many hard working full time workers are earning so little they are eligible for food stamps and other government programs.
Wages for the working class have fallen in proportion to union membership. Fewer union memberships mean lower wages for the working class. And that's a fact.
The question is, how can a private company VestraCare take over the County Home and make a profit? The answer; by paying its workers less, and providing less care to those who need it. In the meantime, employees become eligible for government assistance, food stamps, health care, reduced lunches for their kids.
It's the same model large corporations, such as big-box stores and fast-food restaurants, use. The taxpayer savings the county executive was expecting by selling the County Home will really cost the taxpayers more.
I want to thank the two young men who rescued me from a dangerous situation near the bottom of Lodi Hill going out of Forestville.
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Route 39 was not plowed. At one point, five cars, including me, were struggling to get up the hill. All but one had to back down. As I attempted to back down, the snow sucked me to the right up against a guard rail. If that rail was not there, I would have gone over the bank. I could not move either way.
These two young men both stopped and pushed my vehicle (from the guard rail side) as I backed down the hill to safety. I believe they were Department of Public Works employees. Forestville is lucky to have them! Again, thank you, thank you, thank you and God bless you!