In Tuesday, Sept. 25’s Transcript, the story of older workers holding down jobs is in many cases essential to their survival.
For Mayor Alcombright, it was a chance to boost his ego. When running for office in 2010, you will remember he bragged about his economic plan to bring jobs, jobs, jobs. Yet, so far, he has failed in both cases. Alcombright no longer talks about jobs, jobs, jobs, and there is no economic recovery in North Adams.
He thumps his chest with a proclamation. Well, with that proclamation and a dollar you can get a cup of coffee at McDonald’s.
My question is, where was he on Labor Day when several local unions were picketing in front of the City Hall to call attention to the reason for Labor Day? He never showed any support them, even though he was in his office peeking out the window.
But he does not want the support of unions at election time, especially the city’s unions, the teachers, and highway department.
He got the city unions’ support by promising raises. Now he wants the older workers’ support with a proclamation, which doesn’t do much for them. They are working at part time jobs at minimum wage for the most part. Ask some of them working at Walmart and see how they are treated at the Walmart Plantation.
I wish the mayor would stop the charades and get to work, creating some real economic development and jobs, jobs, jobs.