A Necessary Evil

Essay by badballCollege, UndergraduateA, August 2005

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After listening to people in various careers, I've found that the most abused and underrated

professions are those connected with public service. People who work in law enforcement, fire

prevention, medicine and education are underpaid, overworked, and taken for granted. Without the

benefit of these professionals we would be less likely to live our lives with relative safety, the benefit

of education and the good health most of us possess. However, when it comes to salaries, working

conditions and public support for the people in these fields, very little is given without long, com-

plicated labor disputes. Many people would deny even the chance for them to take a stand for the

rights they deserve for fear their walkout would endanger the public welfare. I agree that when people

in these professions call for a strike hospitals go haywire, criminals are freer to roam and kids miss

important weeks of class work.

But striking may be the only way for these people to draw

attention to their low wages, poor working conditions and lack of public support; and they should

have the right to do so.

Low wages are obviously the priority issue discussed when contracts are up for renewal and

one of the basic reasons for calling a strike. Even though most union officials often seem to go

overboard in their demands, it may be a necessary tactic used to wake up the administrators who never

want to give even the basic cost-of-living raise. While teachers and nurses are called "professionals"

and spend years of time and money to train for these positions, when it comes to dollars and cents,

their paychecks never come close to what other professionals receive. Police and firemen leave their

houses every day unsure they'll make it home uninjured - if they make it...