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Letter: U.S. holds protestant work ethic close

Posted: July 26, 2018 1:31 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Recently, the United States Labor Chief stressed training during a visit to the Boeing plant in South Carolina. He stressed training to highlight a new President Trump administration commitment to workforce development.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President Robert Martinez Jr. told the Associated Press the machinists are making the pledge to also commit to working with unions so that we will haver the highly skilled workers we need to meet the challenges awaiting us.

It is my belief the U.S. holds close to heart that Protestant ethic makes paid work an essential marker of adulthood, responsibility and citizenship and there are arguments to be made fro the value of employment, especially here in South Carolina.

As I take my morning and afternoon walks in my sunset years of life, I do a bit of reminiscing about my years in the Garden State union workforce.

The company and union, during contract negotiations, typically hammer out details of safety, wages, benefits, employee training, work schedules, security, and any number of other safety issues.

Some 60-plus years ago, with the Son of Man’s blessing, my company gave me the opportunity and privilege to attend night school. I was blessed and able to become vertified by the state of New Jersey to become a machinist, with the help of the local library director, a Jewish Holocasut survivor, who tutored me and helped me with mathematics skills.

I call her an example of a human servant. Only in America.

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