2011-08-19 / Letters

We Need Workers Back

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the letter written by Kevin Grant in which he refers to the rally at Dayton Beach where the maintenance workers are on strike. I have never written to your paper either but this time I had to. Your letter sounds as though it could have been written by Ms. Grady herself.

I don’t know which rally you’re talking about but anyone at any of the rallies knows quite well there was no drinking or kids running around. No one, not Lucy or any other shareholder rode around the parking lot continuously beeping their horn. I do remember, however, the time Jennifer Grady along with her “paid for by the shareholders” armed security sat in her car and blocked traffic at the parking lot entrance for a good 10 minutes while videoing the rally so that she could add her own fictitious dialogue when she posted it on You Tube. She seems to be enjoying every minute of the game she is playing. Her game may be over sooner than you think because contrary to what you believe, most tenants are intelligent enough to see Jennifer Grady for what she really is and the petition for her removal has a lot more names on it than just those of the former board members.

Most importantly, let’s stop playing the race card. This co-op has been a melting pot of all races and nationalities getting along for many years. The striking maintenance workers are of all races and when the shareholders bring down food and water for these guys, it’s not only for the white men. Surprise, surprise — the food is shared equally among all ethnicities. Go talk to some of the men who are of your same race. Are they, too, against Jennifer Grady because of her color? Let’s not even go there. It’s an insult to my own intelligence and to all Shareholders with any amount of common sense. This has nothing whatsoever to do with race. It’s just another one of Jennifer Grady’s little games. Instead of wasting her time passing around fliers filled with outright lies and innuendos, maybe she should expend some of her pent-up energy on something constructive like finally bargaining in good faith with the members of Local 32 BJ so that our maintenance workers can get back to the jobs they have been doing well for many years. I’m tired of seeing strangers all over my building in the middle of the night and early morning hours (the scabs hired by Ms. Grady to do the work of our maintenance men). We need to see the maintenance crew we know and trust back on the job. If she is so good at what she does, she should be able to negotiate a decent contract without an increase in maintenance. Think about it—maybe getting rid of the armed security (that we certainly don’t need) might be a good starting point. I am sure she can find other ways of curtailing her frivolous spending. If she is as good as you say she is, let’s see her prove it. Let’s see a contract signed and our men back to work. Only then will I believe that Ms. Grady has the shareholders’ best interests in mind.

KAREN HARRISON

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