Wage LawsGreat article by Kim Clark on state wage laws...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

December 15, 1992

Wage Laws

Great article by Kim Clark on state wage laws (Nov. 29). While this problem has always been around it is indeed growing.

I have lost money from one company and have since run into several people who have also. In my case I was working for a large multinational in the middle of a corporate downsizing.

When my time came to go out the door, the exit interviewer had me sign a waiver even before being informed of any pay, benefit continuation or job search help. The waiver of course was a disclaimer to release the company from any wrongdoing and a promise that I would never bad mouth said company.

Your article tells me why I have not had any response to a letter sent to the state's licensing and regulation division. Nancy Burkheimer of that agency is very correct in saying that "there is no place to help them," which makes Robert Cuccia wrong in saying "go after their employers themselves."

In my earlier problem no attorney would help me. Nor is Legal Aid in a position to help on matters of this nature. I am currently going through small claims court seeking salary and other monies from a large national tax preparing and return service.

Small claims court as suggested by Mr. Cuccia is not the answer. You are told right up front that if the defendants choose to ignore you, they can. The benefit of small claims is that now it is on record in the public domain.

I am curious about what happens when you get through the Department of Employment and Economic Development and you don't get paid, which is my situation.

Most employment and temporary help agencies check out their customers, general working conditions, etc., and very probably a credit check, to make sure they get paid. Should agencies, both public and private, now warn their clients/future employees of possible problems?

Jon McCrea

Cumberland

Made in China

Your editorial (Nov. 22) suggesting that Bill Clinton continue George Bush's policy of granting China most favored nation trade status once he is in office is very disappointing.

Amnesty International continues to rate China as one of the worst countries on human rights. Those in power have increased their crackdown on citizens who attempt to practice "underground" religion.`

Your argument is that it would be in "our best interests" to continue our trade policy. I believe part of our problem in this country is that expediency too frequently takes precedence over what is the right thing to do.

If such a concept as morality still exists, then we, as a nation, need to send a very clear message to the dictators in China that we will not continue to tolerate their suppression of the Chinese people, that they will no longer be considered equal partners in trade.

Even from a pragmatic perspective, our current trade imbalance makes no sense. During the Christmas season, I suggest shoppers look at labels. I believe they will find many that read "Made in China," especially toys, clothing and shoes.

If all these things are being made in China, guess which worker will be unemployed? Us!

Ultimately, trade policy devolves to you and me. We are the consumers. If you find a product marked "Made in China" Put it back on the shelf.

That's the only way things will change.

Leo Murphy

Fenwick Island, Del.

Christian Bases

In regard to your recent article, "Is America a 'Christian Nation'?," I should like to say that our 25-cent piece and our $5, $10 and $20 currency all proclaim, "In God We Trust."

We welcome all who came to our shores, but this editorial questions our foundations, beliefs, and structure. Christianity has put our country ahead in kindness, consideration, ethics and integrity.

The majority of Americans would side with these Christian ideals. Would your editors and writers want to be in a country like Iran, Iraq or Bosnia? I think not.

The non-Christian nations do not have half of what we have here. Don't try to fix it, Christianity works.

Blanche S. Howard

Baltimore

Politics in Pakistan

Your editorial, "Pakistan's Problems," Nov. 20, was as off the mark as was your story "Bhutto seized at protest in Pakistan" the day before.

The story erroneously claimed that "Public protests are banned in Pakistan." Pakistan is a parliamentary democracy with all the civil liberties and established political institutions intact, under strain but thriving. The incident in Islamabad where Benazir Bhutto was seized was an unfortunate consequence of violent politics Ms. Bhutto's party has resorted to.

Political demonstrations are an integral part of democracy. However, what Ms. Bhutto was trying to do was to create a law and order situation by inciting followers to occupy government offices.

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