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Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 8:01 pm

Time to get
rid of the union

To The Editor:
I know what can save that Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant in Union City, the 1,900 jobs and all the small businesses that will be affected: Get rid of the Steel Workers Union.
For years, the employees have been encouraged to vote in a union to protect them from the “big bad Goodyear execs.” I don’t blame the employees for wanting better pay and benefits, but I think they have been taken advantage of. It’s time to realize unions are a thing of the past, thanks to the “information age.” Unions are now simply a tool to shake down the corporations for more money and benefits. Eventually, this shakedown will cease to be tolerated by the very people (Goodyear) that supply these jobs to our community.
Due to greed of the union leadership, the plant has become un-profitable, even though production is high. So I say we need a new “union” — a union of employees who want to keep their jobs and who do not want to see the community take such a massive hit.
Granted, the pay may not be as great, a different benefits package may be in order or someone that misses a month of work may actually be fired without union protection, but at least the 1,900-plus jobs will remain.
With that said, I do not work at Goodyear but, like most of you, I have family and friends who do. My grandfather retired from there and that plant has been the centerpiece of Union City as long as I can remember.
I hope this sparks someone to “rally the troops” so to say and gather the employees that want to work with Goodyear to keep the plant open. I hope everyone takes a good hard look at what the union leadership has accomplished/not accomplished. It may not help but at this point there are a lot of folks with nothing to lose.
David Walton

Thank you, 911,
for your service
To The Editor:
In case you didn’t already know, one of the biggest assets in our community is 911.
An open house, held last Sunday, was an eye-opener as we saw how the workers are there for us 24 hours a day.
When a call is received, a live person talks to you, determines your location and directs your call to the proper authorities. They seem calm, cool and collected and deserve our praise and support.
Thank you, 911.
Bob & Virginia Gibson
Union City

Published in The Messenger 2.16.11

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