This letter is being written in response to a guest editorial submitted by Marty Marasco of ABCD Corp. and Joe Hurd of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.
The onus of that editorial was that a dark cloud is being cast onto the Altoona area due to the fact that our Penelec workers from local 180-102 are not working.
I would like to make it perfectly clear that they are not on the picket line by choice, they were locked out by the owners, who gave a last best and final offer which was voted on at the time.
Marasco refers to allowing them to vote again. However, there has not been a majority come forward to do so, only a small minority.
Just recently, the two sides have sat down and are again talking. This has been a long, drawn-out affair.
The men and women of labor in Blair County and the surrounding area have responded in a big way supporting these members with financial aid, food, drink and walking with them on many a cold day.
These members have also supported the local nurses on their one-day strike, which resulted in a settlement.
When working men and women come together in unity, it should not be considered a dark cloud, however a wakening experience of a sleeping giant - the will of the working people.
The sooner the mentality of management comes closer to the center with the workers, the better off we will all be.
Robert Kutz Jr., President
Blair Bedford Central Labor Council