Two talk show hosts mocking a Miss America contestant became the snark heard round the world last week. Nurses got mad. Advertisers yanked ads. Eventually “The View” co-hosts Joy Behar and Michelle Collins apologized.Naturally, Ortiz looked for the union's label;
“It’s time to correct these tired, condescending and wildly inaccurate views of what it is to be a nurse,” the California Nurses Association posted on its Facebook page. “Not just on ‘The View,’ but throughout the mainstream media.”And, of course, nothing matters to state employees more than the self-esteem of state employees. It's their view that counts, not yours;
Take out “nurse,” insert “state worker,” and you begin to understand the frustrations of so many government employees, said J.J. Jelincic, a 30-year CalPERS investment officer and union activist who sits on the retirement fund’s board.
From their point of view, politicians scapegoat them, he said, the public and the press don’t understand them, and their work goes unnoticed unless something goes haywire. And many state employees are regulators, which means they’re “in the business of telling people ‘no,’ ” Jelincic said.That's your problem all right.
“Everybody likes clean water, but people don’t like someone telling them they can’t dump waste in the river,” he added. “State workers are the people who say, ‘It’s not all about you, it’s about we [sic, but our bold].’ ”