In response to your May 3 editorial, “Employees should share in costs,” I believe there are two points you overlooked. The first is the expectations employees have that their employer, the Town of Smithfield, keep its word. If there was an agreement on wages and benefits when the employee was hired – specifically, that wages and benefits were to be at a certain level – then it would be dishonest to require employee to give back part of their compensation.
Second, from the employees’ view, you are asking them to take a cut in their paycheck, probably amounting from 3 percent to more than 10 percent Sadly, “sharing” is just the current buzzword for wage cuts and just another step in gutting the middle class.
It is time that people understand that you can’t get something for nothing. To cut town employees’ wages would be a step backward in improving Smithfield.
John R. Uhrick