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Letter: Poor treatment of state workers

I am appalled at the governor’s representatives’ decision to not show up for arbitration over unfair labor practices against some state employees.

A year ago the state made changes to the way wages are paid to more than 1,000 workers, resulting in a pay cut. The changes violated state law. The affected employees were to have their day in court this week and the state didn’t bother to show up. This comes after a Labor Day breakfast I attended, where Gov. Maggie Hassan addressed members of many labor unions. She made a heartfelt speech expressing gratitude to public employees, but actions speak louder than words. Blowing off the arbitration shows she has a lack of knowledge of how hard state, county and municipal employees work to deliver services that benefit all New Hampshire residents.

I’m disheartened to say the least and will not support another term for her as governor because I do not think she understands the New Hampshire way of life.

Please write your district councilors and tell them that public employees work hard. We plow your roads, assist the needy, educate your children, put out fires, arrest criminals and guard inmates! What is happening to us now is hypocritical. I hope Hassan doesn’t expect a second term. We put her in and we can take her out. An injury to one is an injury to all!

TAMMY J. CLARK

Manchester

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