Don't judge striking grocery workers so hastily
I am saddened and frustrated by the constant picket-bashing I see
submitted by the readers.
Saddened, because of the public's lack of compassion toward these
workers. I hear of, and have been witness to, people going out of
their way to show their disgust and disrespect for hard-working
employees of multimillion-dollar corporations, who are trying to
maintain their way of life and their financial security. What
happened to helping out your fellow man?
Frustrated, because the people who take it on themselves to put
pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) are not in possession of all the
facts. It is not just about paying for health coverage. In fact, if
you ask any grocery employee, I'm sure they would be willing to pitch
in for their coverage. What they are opposed to, however, is the
company bringing in new employees at a lower wage, who get all the
hours. It is about the companies freezing their pension
Before you form an opinion about these people, maybe you should
consider what you know they do.
They work holidays, weekends and nights. They have gone almost 10
years without any substantial raise. They are at the mercy of the
store manager (who is non-union) to give them any amount of hours
with the possibility of said hours going from 40 one week to 24 the
They work hard and deal with the public nonstop throughout their
day. How many times have you seen a customer be rude to a grocery
clerk? For this, they definitely deserve the right to try and
maintain their work conditions. You will notice that the grocery
employees are not asking for anything additional. Just to maintain
what they were promised upon the start of their employment.
Corona del Mar is not the model of a clean campus
Rat infestation at Corona del Mar High School? Why am I not
surprised? I invite anyone, especially Corona del Mar parents, to
visit the campus and ask to see the quad area right after lunch. The
filth is awful.
Students don't bother to throw their lunch trash into the cans
that are conveniently located -- within throwing distance -- from the
tables where they sit. Seagulls have a field day as students scurry
to their fifth-period classes.
I taught at Corona del Mar from 1978 to 1981. The trash on campus
was an issue even then. In 1981, I was hired to teach at Pacifica
High in Garden Grove and was so surprised to see that the Corona del
Mar and the Pacifica high campuses were identical, designed by the
same architect and built by the same contractor. One huge difference,
though: Pacifica was (and still is) squeaky clean in comparison.
In the early '90s, I attended a teachers' conference on the Corona
del Mar campus on a Saturday morning, and the campus was filthy.
Trash and food from Friday was still strewn about the quad area.
Inside the same building where I had taught, the rugs in the hallways
were decaying and stained from spilled drink and food. I was aghast.
I applaud the students who were concerned enough to circulate and
sign the petition presented to the Newport-Mesa Unified School
District board of trustees. I recommend that they also sponsor a
campus-wide campaign to get rid of the garbage after the nutrition
break and lunch. (Perhaps the Associated Student Body could pitch in
and buy some more trashcans.) The day students finally take some
owners' pride in their school, the rats will disappear.