Re "Unions ruin state economies" (Letters, Sept. 13): Saying "unions stand for working as little as you can while getting the highest salary you can" is uninformed. The U.S. Labor Bureau says that 37 percent of all union members are teachers, nurses and public safety workers. Did he look up a teacher's salary? They are paid substantially lower than jobs requiring equivalent education.
It's a rare form of audacity to criticize the productivity of unionized workers, who serve the public. I'm a teacher, and belong to a union which is fighting a $4,000 annual pay cut after negotiating two furlough days, increased health costs, a laid off librarian, a shuttered library, six laid off custodians, and classes of 40 students. Come on down to my classroom for a day, and see if you still think we are overpaid and don't work much!
-- Donna Baca, Folsom
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