John Dowd’s letter (BDN, Jan. 7) coupled with your lead front-page story (Jan. 5) reveal a disturbing attitude in Maine. Dowd’s statement implying unions are running wages so high that it’s running industry off shows either his ignorance on the issue and-or his jealousy at paper mill workers. Kimberly-Clark’s closing had little to do with wages and more to do with corporate greed.
The evidence is in Dowd’s back yard. Champion Corp. in Bucksport has some of the highest wages in Maine, yet the high wages apparently coincide with quality work. Why else would Champion continue to invest precious dollars to upgrade and expand the Bucksport mill?
The lead story on Jan. 5 concerning the Bangor economy stated that Wal-Mart had to raise the hourly wage from $5.50 to $6. Wow!
This from a corporation that when its founder, Sam Walton, died, his four children divided up $23.7 billion. That’s billions with a “B” and I ask, how else do you propose we, the workers of Maine and the United States, receive our share?
We must form, assist and join unions. We must stand together and demand our share of the American pie. The laws are in place to do this, if we make our politicians and corporate leaders accountable. Chuck Fraser Pittsfield