Thankful for donations to hurricane relief fundraiser

To the editor:

Thank you to all the numerous businesses, community members, family and friends who generously made a donation to the Bunnie Nation Hurricane Relief.

Thank you to all the people who participated in the 50/50 raffles as well as those who purchased caramel apples. The spare change drive was a huge success because of the kindness shown by the students and families of the Fisher School District.

A special thank you to the Fisher Community Unit 1 School District administration for their help and support during this project, especially Mrs. Barb Thompson, Mr. Jon Kelly, Mr. Jim

Moxley, Mr. Matthew Jokisch and Mrs. Shannon Rogers.

I would also like to send out a special thank you to the following businesses and individuals:

Ken Heiser Insurance, Fisher National Bank, Wallace Land Company, Flowers ETC, Fisher Chiropractic, Premier Cooperative, County Market, Dewey Bank, Blue Star, Illini FS, Mary and John Malloch, Kathy Maulding, Mrs. Theresa Cox, Denise and Roger Jones, Sheila Vose, Cole Stalter, Mrs. Patti Verstrat.

None of this would’ve been possible without the love and support that I received from my community.

Alayna Stalter



CWA Union deserves respect, dignity

To the editor:

Some of the most profitable corporations in the United States are outsourcing good customer service jobs to other countries or to vendors that have lower wages and standards. 

As a long-time customer service worker, I have seen how this impacts customers. By the time customers get to someone that can provide them with a solution they need, they are often frustrated because they have already talked to several contractors who lack the necessary training to help them.

Communications Workers of America (CWA) has been in negotiations with AT&T Mobility since January for our contract covering 21,000 retail workers, call center representatives and technicians in 36 states and Washington D.C.  Job security is a key concern. 

Our CWA local union is based out of Rantoul. We represent over 1,000 of those workers throughout the state of Illinois. Our members make important contributions to our communities. We want to keep those jobs in our local community.  When those jobs go overseas, people are out of work and have less money to put back into the local business economy.

Our members deserve to be treated with dignity and respect for all of their hard work in making AT&T Mobility successful.  Please reach out to your legislators to urge AT&T Mobility to work with CWA to come to an agreement that not only protects good jobs, but continues to provide our customers with quality service.

Amy Blaisdell

CWA Local 4202 Secretary-Treasurer