Are Her Hands Really Tied?

RECEIVED Thu., Feb. 2, 2006

Dear Editor:
   Commissioner Gomez can claim her hands are tied by state law all she wants ["Capital Metro Srike Threat Looms," News, Jan. 27]. Are her hands really tied? She is glad for it. As a retired member of IBEW Local 520 I attended and participated in one of the first pickets of a Capitol Metro board hearing. Afterwards I sat through the hearings where I observed her attitude towards the transit workers and their families. She was openly hostile and condescending in the statements she made and her line of questioning towards the transit workers. It is obvious to me that she supports the negotiator hired by StarTran who openly brags on his Web site of his "union busting" techniques. Federal labor law requires that all parties involved in labor negotiations enter those negotiations in good faith. How is hiring a negotiator that brags about his "union busting" entering those negotiations in good faith? That alone should send out the message that StarTran never intended to negotiate with the transit workers.
   As a union member I am appalled and disgusted by the AFL-CIO's Central Labor Council's endorsement of Margaret Gomez for reelection to County Commissioners Court Precinct 4, a move steamrolled by AFSCME. They claim Commissioner Gomez has been good to them. What about the other union members at the transit workers? She hasn't been so good to them. This "we got ours, screw everyone else" attitude displayed by AFSCME is what is tearing unions apart. I suggest the leaders at AFSCME get out their dictionaries and look up the word "union." I don't think they will find it defined as "we got ours, screw everyone else." That endorsement was wrong when it happened and it is wrong now. I can only hope that at some point wiser heads will prevail, the CLC will come to its senses and that the endorsement is withdrawn. I realize that under the Bush administration statements like the following have become passe' but it is the morally right and ethically correct thing to do.
Delwin Goss
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