Beth. Steel retiree: no sympathy for government union workers

April 05, 2011

As a retiree from Bethlehem Steel who lost two thirds of his pension and has no health care, I can't feel sorry for these government union workers ("Lawmakers reach deal on pensions, retiree health care," April 5) as tens of thousands of workers lost their benefits.

I don't think that these people understand that all the things they receive are only good for the life of the contract. When there is no money, then all benefits stop, and their complaints about promises made — these can't be met.

Beth Steel made promises to their employees also. These employees should remember one thing: The goal of their union is to grow their membership and keep their jobs.

Joe Heming

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