Letter to the Editor: “Let’s get down to brass tacks.”

Posted: June 6, 2013

I would like to respectfully comment on Melanie Jacksons letter entitled “Let’s get down to brass tacks published in the Eastern Graphic on May 29, 2013.

In her letter Melanie attempts to lump provincial public service employees into the same “moral mold” as Senator Mike Duffy. She claims that provincial employees take advantage of their positions by cheating on their mileage claims, leaving work early, and stealing pens, paper clips, and envelopes from work. To be clear, the union does not condone any such actions and any employees participating in such activities are clearly in the wrong. However, it is also irresponsible for someone to insinuate that some 9,600 public employees are potentially “on the take” here in P.E.I. This is little more than a hasty generalization that is purposely aimed at damaging the reputation of the entire provincial workforce. These people are our neighbours and they provide services that you and I depend on each and every day. They look after us when we are sick, they educate our children, they ensure health and safety in the workplace, they keep our roads ploughed and in good repair, they test our drinking water and the list goes on. Public service employees are fellow Islanders – they are good citizens doing jobs that benefit the economy and the quality of life of all Islanders.

Deborah Bovyer

President, UPSE

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