UFCW 21 - A Voice for Working America

Letter to the Editor

Health Care workers need real rest and lunch breaks.

Often their breaks are interrupted because of short-staffing in their workplaces. Often a tech or a nurse will find themselves working for 10-12 hours with only a couple of bathroom breaks and a short 15 minute snack.

A proposal to require their employers to provide uninterrupted breaks would ensure that people get a full ½ hour meal break plus 15 minutes every 4 hours worked. This is one of UFCW 21’s priorities in the 2012 State Legislature. Our union has teamed up with other unions and community allies to support this commonsense proposal. We are still fighting an up-hill battle and we believe Hospitals should support giving uninterrupted breaks to their workers. These breaks allow the staff to be as focused, rested and careful as possible. Instead the State Hospital Association was strongly opposed to the bill.

If you are a health care worker (or another member who wants to support your fellow members) and feel it is the right thing to do to assure that hospital workers get these breaks, consider writing a letter to your local paper. Let them know what you think.

Letters to the Editor are one of the most widely-read sections of a newspaper and a powerful way to deliver a message to thousands of readers and decision-makers.

Tips for Writing Your Letter

A letter-to-the-editor is a rare chance to have your exact words read by a wide public audience. Because newspapers receive thousands of letters and they only publish a handful each day, your letter needs to stand out of the crowd. Following these 7 tips will increase your chance of getting your letter printed.

  1. Be personal. Say how and why the issue affects you and your family.
  2. Be opinionated while being reasonable and showing respect for others.
  3. Be timely. Relate your letter to something that is in the news right now.
  4. Be real. Quoting legal language or policy studies can cause eyes to glaze. Effective public outreach uses common sense language. People care about their homes, health, jobs and loved ones as well as basic American values of freedom, integrity and accountability.
  5. Be creative. By using a counter-intuitive argument or an interesting or humorous turn-of-phrase you will catch the editor's attention.
  6. Be focused. It is a waste of limited time, space and energy to repeat your opponent's point of view.
  7. Follow the rules. If you limit your letter to 200 words and include your name, address and day time phone number, you will comply with most paper’s rules.  

Contacts for your local newspaper.

ABERDEEN 
The Daily World       
letters@thedailyworld.com

AUBURN
Auburn Reporter
mklaas@auburn-reporter.com

BATTLE GROUND
The Reflector
staff@thereflector.com

BELLEVUE
Bellevue Reporter    
cgroshart@bellevuereporter.com

BELLINGHAM
The Bellingham Herald 
letters@bellinghamherald.com

BLAINE
The Northern Light  
editor@thenorthernlight.com

BOTHELL 
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter   
anystrom@bothell-reporter.com

BREMERTON
Kitsap Sun   
letters@kitsapsun.com

CHENEY      
Cheney Free Press  
cfp@cheneyfreepress.com

ELLENSBURG
Ellensburg Daily Record    
letters@kvnews.com

EVERETT 
Everett Herald   
letters@heraldnet.com

FEDERAL WAY    
Federal Way Mirror  
ahobbs@fedwaymirror.com

The Federal Way News       
fwnews@robinsonnews.com

GRADVIEW
Grandview Herald     
editor@thegrandviewherald.com

KENT
Kent Reporter
lpierce@kentreporter.com

KIRKLAND 
Kirkland Reporter   
cwood@kirklandreporter.com

LAKE STEVENS         
Lake Stevens Journal
news@lakestevensjournal.com 

LONGVIEW
The Daily News    
letters@tdn.com

LOPEZ ISLAND
Islands Weekly
editor@islandssounder.com

LYNDEN       
Lynden Tribune
editor@lyndentribune.com

LYNNWOOD
Lynnwood Enterprise
jrobinson@heraldnet.com

MARYSVILLE
Marysville Globe
scottf@marysvilleglobe.com

MONROE
Monroe Monitor Valley News
comp@monroemonitor.com

MOSCOW, IDAHO
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News   
letters@dnews.com

OMAK   
Omak Chronicle   
omaknews@eaglenewspapers.com

PORT ORCHARD
The Independent    
theindependent@centurytel.net

PORT TOWNSEND  
Pt. Townsend/Jefferson Co. Leader
news@ptleader.com

POULSBO
North Kitsap County Herald 
editor@northkitsapherald.com

PROSSER
Prosser Record Bulletin      
editor@recordbulletin.com.

RENTON
Renton Reporter     
dradford@rentonreporter.com

SEATTLE
The Stranger
editor@thestranger.com

Seattle Times
opinion@seattletimes.com

SILVERDALE
Bremerton Patriot    
editor@bremertonpatriot.com

Central Kitsap Reporter    
editor@centralkitsapreporter.com

SNOHOMISH   
Everett News Tribune  
editor@snoho.com

SPOKANE  
Spokane.net 
editor@spokane.net

The Spokesman Review
editor@spokesman.com

Pacific NW Inlander
totheeditor@inlander.com

VANCOUVER   
The Independent:Clark College Student Newspaper       
editorinchief@clarknews.org

WALLA WALLA
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin  
letters@wwub.com

WHIDBEY ISLAND      
Whidbey News Times
jlarsen@whidbeynewstimes.com

YAKIMA 
Yakima Herald-Republic
opinion@yakimaherald.com

 

 

 



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