Today's public-sector salaries aren't 'sacrifices' of yesteryear

To the editor:

If ever there were a reason to vote no on the November levy, Bob Barkley's letter to ThisWeek -- "Former public employee responds to public-sector criticism" -- rationalizing public- and private-sector compensation discrepancies is it.

In justifying excessive public-sector compensation, Mr. Barkley cites the "sacrifices" that the public sector has made for decades when they weren't "fairly treated," indicating that it would "take years for them to catch up for the years they lagged seriously behind."

Of course, Mr. Barkley provides no facts to justify such an absurd statement.

Even if he did, expecting taxpayers to fund the excessive compensation currently provided Worthington educators because it makes up for past inequities is even more absurd.

As it relates to compensation, Mr. Barkley also recommends that we in the private sector force our employers to return to the "caring atmosphere" of the past.

With this comment, Mr. Barkley's public-sector past is obvious as he fails to recognize that today's global business climate no longer provides private-sector employers, especially small-business owners, such an option.

It also indicates that Mr. Barkley has spent too much time behind the bully pulpit known as collective bargaining, failing to recognize that unlike public-sector unions with taxpayers, private-sector employers cannot hold their customers hostage, guaranteeing a neverending stream of money to provide increased wages and benefits.

Along with Mr. Barkley, it is time for Worthington teachers to realize that when it comes to compensation, the "gentler times" of yesteryear are over.

Clearly, they must recognize that benefits, including guaranteed employment, guaranteed meritless-based pay raises, accrued vacation-sick pay, taxpayer-funded health-care deductibles and double-digit taxpayer-funded annual pension contributions are things of the past.

Until then, as a private-sector taxpayer footing the bill, I will vote no on future levies.

Guy Molde