By Charles Edwardson
December 23, 2009
WHAT do the Ketchikan telephone division employees think?? Last year I ran for city council. I went to several forums with telephone division employees at these meetings. I asked about the sale of the division and none of them spoke up. I told them I would stand with them, but not for them. They would not express their likes or dislikes about the pending sale -- in confidence I was told they feared for their jobs. This made no sense what so ever to me. Grown men and women (THEORETICALLY) represented by some phantom union that supposedly protects their interests, scared to lose jobs?? Guess what guys,, you're going to anyway if the utility sells so what have you got to lose? (Speak Up)
I am 1,000 percent against
the sale of our publicly owned utility . By Van Abbott's own
reports and responses from Amylon in public reports, KPU is doing
pretty well in the phone division. And Van Abbott's wife while
defending her husband's reputation stated these facts, "KPU
IS FAIRING BETTER THAN MOST COMPANIES IN ALASKA IN TERMS OF LOST
MARKET SHARE,AND IS LEADING THE STATE IN FIBER TO THE HOME ,
AND IP TECHNOLOGY."
What would a KPU telephone division employee vote? That is the question. I would like to hear at least one union represented adult make some sort of comment on this issue. KPU Phone division employees' silence is what bothers me the most about this whole discussion. If it has gotten so bad you cannot even speak on the issue cause you fear for your jobs as reported to me, your union let you down, your shop stewards let you down, and maybe selling the company is the best way out for you. I am still against it even if KPU phone division employees are for it.
Conversely, I don't like some of my supervisor's opinions at KIC and I tell her -- sometimes we even have 'god forbid' debates over issues. One thing I don't fear is reprimand when I do have disagreements with people I work with, and I don't even pay in a bunch of money for union representation.
About: " Lifelong Ketchikan resident amused, upset, concerned, baffled, about Ketchikan concerns"
Received December 21, 2009 - Published December 23, 2009
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