Let me not forget
To the Editor:
After my Maine Labor Union mural letters to the Times, one might think I do not like salaried people whom I worked for in the mill.
That is not true.
Let’s begin with Jim Law, who rehired me after I had a very sketchy work record. I was able to live a good life in Rumford because of Mr. Law. Plus, Mr. Law dealt with a difficult work problem I had in an intelligent way that I shall never forget. He has my undying respect.
Then, Eddie Arsenault, who was my supervisor in Quality Control, used to tell me stories about World War II after morning Mass, along with corny jokes, relating also his love of American history, especially the “mountain men.” I miss Eddie to this day.
I also respect the many hourly people who went on salary and were very good. I often see one person at morning Mass and I saw another at MacDonald’s a few weeks ago. These two men rose to high supervisory positions in the mill and gained the respect of myself and many other hourly workers. They were good because they were smart and understood the problems from the ground up. And they were honest, hard working supervisors, in stressful positions.
Without these good, conscientious supervisors, who rose through the ranks, the paper mill would not have made money.
Yes, we hourly workers in the Rumford paper mill were fortunate to have some of the supervisors we had. You will find that almost every hourly person has a list of respected supervisors.
Let me not forget.