Sometimes blowing our car horn or giving a "thumbs-up" just doesn't seem to be enough to show our support.
So, after getting tired of overhearing about Penelec workers being "on strike," I decided to ask some questions and do some research.
Penelec Local 180 is not on strike. These men and women were locked out of a job they have held for years, by their employers, because they would not agree to a contract that took health care from retired employees and future retired employees. Penelec also wants them to agree to a new cash balance pension plan without a summary of how it works. That would be like signing a blank document. How can that make sense?
Penelec rejected a proposal made by Local 180 to reserve one spot in its apprenticeship school for a U.S. veteran. While Local 180 employees are without paychecks or health care for their families at this holiday time, First Energy's CEO has seen his compensation package double from 2010 to 2012 to the tune of $23.3 million.
If, years from now, any of us have the opportunity to attend a Penelec family safety night, we will be able to tell the workers from management.
Anyone in a wheelchair was most likely a lineman; management will be in golf carts.
Dorothy M. Yon
(The writer has a family member working for Penelec.)