Opinion: Going on strike not acceptable reaction, says Norwood man
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 5:57 am

To the Editor:

In response to “Shame on Those Who Set, Handled Lifeguard Wages” which appeared in the Aug. 1-7 issue of North Country This Week: I feel that this is a poor Life Learning Experience for these young adults.

Who takes a job without knowing what their wage and benefits will be? Do we blame these high school and college age children for not knowing how to interview for a job?

The only reason why these individuals went on strike was they found out that other lifeguards in the area were paid more money.

If they had done their research, they would have applied for a lifeguard position somewhere else. Lifeguard wages vary from $12 to $20 per hour within New York state funded lifeguard positions.

Going on strike and not approaching the local government officials with their complaints is not acceptable as far as I’m concerned. They had a chance to attend a town board meeting to discuss their concerns but chose to just not show up for work on a weekend.

I hope when these individuals apply for a future job and have to offer their past job information they include that they will go on strike if they do not agree with their employer’s terms for employment.

I’m sure that this will get their resumes on the top of the interview first list.

Bob Haggett

Norwood