Do It Right

Thanks for the May 24 editorial [“Union Deal Still Not Good Enough”]. You stated some obvious deficiencies in the new negotiations, but did you go far enough? Let’s do it right this time. State workers’ wages and benefits should never be better than what is available in the private sector.

The private sector pays wages based on skills to perform the tasks and what the market requires to retain valuable contributors to the business operation. There are no guarantees of future wages or increases or even employment — it’s what the business can afford. The state should not operate...