LETTER: Reader says stance on education workers ‘misconstrued’

‘I did say these folks received many perks that those in the private sector do not,’ says letter writer

BarrieToday welcome letters to the editor at [email protected] Please include your full name, daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following is a rebuttal to ‘LETTER: Salary of $40K isn’t what it used to be,’ published Sept. 26.

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A few days ago, I placed a letter in BarrieToday in regards to the CUPE negotiations that are ongoing. In this letter, I indicated that many folks would be happy to earn $40,000 per year and, in fact, the CUPE workers earn somewhat more than that as they have a union that offers them health care, sick days and a livable pension at retirement.

I did not say they are not entitled to a “livable” wage; I did say that these folks earn more long term than folks making $40,000 per year in the private sector.

Many in the private sector would love to make almost $800 weekly, and they would be even happier if after the age of 50, they would have additional guaranteed pension income.

Mr. Robertson, I don’t know where you spent your career and, to be frank, I don’t care as long as it was fulfilling. Please note, I made no claims about those making $40,000 annually as there are many more folks making more or less.

I did say these folks received many perks that those in the private sector do not. Please don’t misconstrue what I said.

Gord Crawford
Gilford

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