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Letter to the Editor - March 13

March 13, 2013

‘Corporate greed’ has cost area many jobs

To the editor:

As the daughter of parents who worked for union companies, the wife of a Teamster, the daughter-in-law of a union plumber, the mother-in-law of a union ironworker and the mother of a son who has held every office for the UAW local at Frick Co. in Waynesboro, Pa., I felt the need to respond to a letter printed Feb. 4.

Roadway did not leave the area or close. Yellow Freight bought Roadway and they operated independently for several years and then merged as Yellow Roadway Corp. (YRC). This company is still operating on Oak Ridge Drive and Roadway trucks are still being used.

Kelly Springfield was bought by Goodyear. An upgrade needed for manufacturing tires was very expensive, and the company asked for some concessions to keep the factory in Cumberland. But the city, county and state refused, and the factory was forced to close.

Garden State Tannery moved production to Mexico, where they could pay workers a significantly lower wage.

Hostess was told for three years to make upgrades, but the company refused. The bakers took concessions when asked, but when they refused to take more, the company closed.

The real problem here is not union greed but “corporate greed.” When Hostess closed, 18,000 people lost their jobs, but corporate management was awarded $12 million. Corporate greed moved GST to Mexico for cheap labor. Several years ago, the Teamster drivers at YRC took a 15 percent pay cut, their pensions were frozen, and those who had worked enough years to accrue four weeks of vacation had to give up one week — but the CEO was let go with a multimillion-dollar severance package. 

I have found that union bashers usually fall into one of three categories:

1. They have never worked for a union company.

2. They are management who don’t want to pay union wages so there’s more for them.

3. They’re jealous because they can’t get a union job.

Donna Morgan
Clear Spring

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