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After listening to people in various careers Ive 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 theyll make it home uninjured - if they make it back at all - but their salaries hardly reflect the risk they take to chase criminals or fight fires Money however is only one of
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