Letter: Pampuch and Perkel are right to dislike unions

It’s always good to read Lisa’s columns and also to see what
Marc Perkel has to say. Since they are both liberals/progressives,
as I am, I was interested in their opinions about the public
employees’ pay, benefits and pensions.
Dear Editor,

It’s always good to read Lisa’s columns and also to see what Marc Perkel has to say. Since they are both liberals/progressives, as I am, I was interested in their opinions about the public employees’ pay, benefits and pensions. I find myself pretty much in agreement with them; firemen, policemen and teachers are professional people and probably should not have had unions in the first place.

Their unions have done a fine job of getting wonderful benefits for their members, but, unfortunately, to the detriment of the rest of us who have to foot the bill.

I have been retired for some time. My ex-employer does not give any cost of living adjustments nor do they pay for my medical benefits. I don’t quite know why public employees should do better than those of us who worked in the private sector.

I am not against unions because I know they can do a lot of good for workers; however power corrupts and unions are not immune to this effect. Let’s hope that our city, as well as the others who are also over-extended because of the gigantic pensions, etc., can come to some reasonable conclusion to this problem.

Marjorie Apel, Gilroy

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