Workers made Maytag what it is

Workers made Maytag what it is
Date June 18, 2004
Section(s) Opinion
To the Editor:

Much has been said about the Maytag cutbacks and strike; maybe too much, but I have to add a couple of things.

First, my hat’s off to the guy that said Mr. Hake could sum it up in two words, “I resign.” Can I buy you a cup of coffee?

Second, Mr Rickers said Fred Maytag didn’t run this business in the 21st century. True, but what are you saying here? Caring about and working together with and for your fellow Americans isn’t something we should be concerned with now?

… My father worked his entire working years at Maytag as did my husband; 30 plus years for each of them. The company has become what it is today because of men and women like them. Now we’re told they aren’t worth the benefits they receive. They don’t deserve premium health care? They are being asked to give up benefits they’ve enjoyed for years… What is Mr. Hake giving up? What are any of the higher ups giving up? He says he’s saving the company — what was it, $150 million? — by putting folks out of work. Where’s that money going? You can bet the hard workers in the factory won’t see a penny of it!

Mr. Hake says they can hire “quality workers” in any country. Have you ever heard the phrase, “you get what you pay for?” I think Maytag has used that phrase! Same goes for the employees you hire. You pay a decent wage a person can live on you get quality work. You pay less, you get less…

As far as the community coming together to have a “bright and prosperous future” Mr. Ehler; tell that to a family that can’t clothe their family, pay the rent or put food on the table.

I hope this all works out for everyone, I’m just not as optimistic as I used to be…

Nancy Brown



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