Skills and living wages

May 24, 2014 

Two prominent developers (letter May 20) urge a vote for a career education bill. It is important we return "voc ed" to our high schools and ensure that students enter high school with a good, basic knowledge in math and computers.

We should not forget, however, that the trade unions (carpenters, electricians, plumbers, steel workers) provide skilled craftsmen through their apprentice-to-journeyman programs. The unfortunate part is that developers do not want to pay a living wage for those skills, but still want the public to foot the training bill for skilled workers who they will hire at wages that will make the most profit for the developers.

Perhaps it is time for labor and management to come to the table for a solution that benefits both sides.

Jeanne Larson


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