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October 28, 2008



LOL. My HS senior year picture looks a lot like that! My hair was a bit shorter, but just as wide and permed, too.

phil dluginski

Well im sorry i didn t read your blog sooner. it was really good to see old friends and certainly nice to see you again shari. im sure we'll bump into each other somewhere around sooner or later.


I am a 30+ yr diabled retiree. I held the position of Road Car Inspector for the railroad so I speak from experienc. By the way I also held the position as President of our union in the mid 80's when the railroad wasn't getting awards for safety in fact they were the worst in the nation from the day I was hired in the early 70's. First off lets get the facts clear and balanced. the $250 or 31 million dollars a yr was and will be paid because of the railroads contractional obligation to past and present employees. Also it was first noted that 97% of all workers now it's 90% and 97% of those receive benefits. another point I would like to make is that the LI railrod is one of the only rails that have negotiated a 25/50 pension allowing more applicants to the disability benefit. that will slow down because they have pushed the age to 55. And also unlike social security RRRT pays benefits if all requirements are met at age 60. I could go on and on because I am outraged that no one read the act created in 1933 where even the federal gov knew the hardship and physical demand and wanted younger more productive employees and afforded most of us some means to keep up financially. They knew that not many could keep up with the demands of this industry after a certain age. I guess that no one is telling those of us that are hurting this is a media or political campaign to find a few that slip thru the system for their own popularity. How incensitive and self serving. I hope at this time when we have enough fears and anger over this economy we could trust the public servants more, but I doubt it. Oh yea I don't beleive anyone created a crime I beleive they used a system they created along with the Federal Government to there advantage. FROM ONE VERY HURT LI Rail worker

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