How can Richard Clark (3/31, Voices) call union workers greedy? Is it greedy to want a decent wage (not what illegal immigrants are paid), health and dental benefits and a pension for one’s family? Union trade workers take pride in their work, work long hours and sometimes, like everybody else, no hours. They, too, suffer when there are fewer jobs, a lack of big building projects or a slow economy.
Union workers go through a three- to five-year apprenticeship program to learn their trade and safety requirements. They come out journeyman tradespeople and get higher pay. If they are lucky, they get on with a good shop and stay for the duration. Some do not.
My husband is the union painting instructor for District Council No. 3’s apprenticeship program in North Kansas City. He’s been a union painter for 35 years and an instructor for three years. Like other people in the workforce, he’s had to compete for jobs, and he’s been laid off, too. His hands and face show the years of hard work he’s done, just like fellow painters and tradespeople.
Greedy? I don’t think so!
Shame on the carpenters and ironworkers who were fussing over a contract. Look around at all the thousands of people who have lost their jobs in our city. You should all thank God that you still have a job.
Maybe your companies should fire all of you and hire the many, many people looking for jobs.
North Kansas City