Unimaginable labor policies

 

Re the Sept. 19 story More than 200 Miami-Dade workers paid to take it easy: I worked for the money as long as I could. “Light duty” with full pay was unheard of. After 17 years on the job and, finally, a generous 18-month sick leave, circumstances made me a young, unprepared retiree. My employer denied any significant retirement benefits, providing only what was required by federal law — a measly pension. No union or ADA came to my rescue.

It is unthinkable that in this time of budget cutbacks federal policies would support paying disabled professional firefighters $130,000 a year to perform clerical duties while they wait for retirement.

Mary Lamont, Hollywood

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