Without unions, middle class will disappear
Editor: In response to the articles which appeared in this paper regarding the current labor contract situation in both the city of Marshfield and Wood County, let me say this.
As a retired U.S. Postal Service employee and a former part-time State/Local Business Agent for the National Assoc. of Letter Carriers, the union which represents hundreds of thousands of City Letter Carriers that deliver your mail each day, I have great concerns over the future of the nation's workforce. Unions have one purpose in the workplace and that is to represent, protect, and advance the status of its members even to the point of having to represent those who are not members. Two comments sparked me to write this letter.
First the comment made by Wood County Board Chairman Lance Pliml when he said; "the public has spoken and said we are tired of paying people (employees) to breathe." How arrogant and condescending, but typical of far too many managers.
Second, the issue that deals with wage compensation based on employee evaluations which are done by department heads and/or supervisors. Although personnel evaluations are not part of the wage structure of the USPS, in my almost 30 years as a union representative, I witnessed far too many instances where so-called job evaluations or performance of employees by managers are not done using factual data, but by personal bias. We all are biased and anytime one's bias is allowed to enter the equation, problems occur.
With the recent national and state push to eliminate unions and collective bargaining, the workplace will continue to degrade and until employees are able to once again have a voice in their working conditions, our once great middle class will continue to disappear.
Special Olympics supporters thanked
Editor: Thank you to the Marshfield community for their continued support of "Breakfast with Santa" sponsored by WDLB and the Eagles Club to benefit Marshfield Special Olympics.
Special thanks to the Central Wisconsin Country Dancers, Marshfield High School Student Council and National Honor Society, community members at large and family members who volunteered the entire morning to cook, clean tables and play elves. Santa and Mrs. Claus were a big hit.
Proceeds from this event are used to provide year round sports training to cognitively disabled participants in Special Olympics in the Marshfield and surrounding communities. See you again on Dec. 1, 2013.
Merry Christmas from the athletes, coaches and families involved in Marshfield Special Olympics.
Marshfield Special Olympics agency manager
God is answer to life's problems
Editor: I have found myself, along with thousands of others, grieving the loss and tragedy of the recent deaths of children and adults in the Connecticut shootings. But there is in my heart a great sorrow ... that we as a nation, founded on Godly principles and established by those who sought religious and personal freedom, are now threatened with the loss of those very freedoms.
I contest that the answer to the increasing rise of violence in our beloved nation is not in the banning of guns, God in our schools and communities, and anyone who professes a faith in the God of our Fathers, but a return to the principles on which we were founded. Does it make sense to mourn the loss of these loved ones and have legalized abortions in America, where thousands of innocent people yet often heed neither God nor Godly principles in our lives and homes?
We have strayed from the roots we were founded on and the God who sent His son to die for us so that all who receive his free gift paid in full by the blood of His son would live forever. My heart's cry is that we would seek God because He is worthy to be sought. He alone is the answer to all of life's problems.