Sometime ago, Fresno County supervisors received a 15 percent raise, thus increasing all salaries to six figures. Meanwhile, lower-paid county employees (the majority earning less than $30,000) had their wages reduced by 9 percent and more.
After several years of reductions, the supervisors reinstated 5 percent of the original wages. However, few workers have seen any real increase in salaries. This is due to additional costs charged workers for health care and retirement.
The county was saved from bankruptcy by its lowest-paid workers. Yet I have not heard a word of appreciation from the supervisors for the financial struggles placed upon these workers. As a poorly paid adjunct faculty, I recognize the value of their sacrifices to the county.
I also greatly appreciate their professionalism on the job in spite of the arrogance of the plutocrats they work for. A sincere thanks to you all! Without us serfs, the upper crust could not accumulate as much wealth.
Judy Johnson, Fresno