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Disappointment would be a vast understatement after reading Zak Mucha's incredibly misleading article, circling around the evidently horrible experience he had with training in labor organizing, specifically with Service Employees International Union ["Which Side Are They On?" April 16].

However, stunning and even more disappointing is the Reader's apparently new policy of allowing disgruntled individuals who just plain didn't get a job they wanted to sound off in hundred-word diatribes, taking out their evidently lacking skills and performance on a part of American society that has, by in large, created the middle class that Mucha claimed to be a part of from the get-go.

So he didn't get the job. Did everyone in Chicago need to hear about his personal ranting surrounding it? Never mind that we are taking the words of someone who DIDN'T get the job as truth, while brandishing not just the locals he pinpointed but the already decaying view Americans hold on unions. Labor organizing isn't an easy job, and he painted himself to be a person of supreme intelligence, who was apparently just too smart for the unions (as we were tortured to read his ruminations on T-shirts and the personalities of his fellow trainees and trainers, which held no relevance to unions whatsoever).

The Reader ought to have more foresight, but then again the teaser about "the organizers I met were a bunch of snobs" (which incidentally didn't quite carry through the story: Mucha painted them to be more idiotic and manipulative than snobbish) should have told me right away that this was not a substantive story about the labor movement and unions in America, but what it turned out to be: an angry individual who didn't get hired, taking it out on paper for hundreds of readers to sympathize with him and his plight (or so I assume). The endgame in his story made him out to be petty, not observant.

Perhaps it's my own fault for assuming that the Reader would be more discriminate when publishing cover stories. Then again I suppose this is my chance to write a scathing, name-calling piece about every job I didn't get too. Lord knows I am not the first person to speak in anger about needing a job I didn't get (shakes fist), but evidently the second person to take time and effort to write it all down, pass it off as a "story," and then get it published to "get back" at those stupid and disorganized employers.

I can only imagine the people calling Mucha right now to hire him, because I certainly wouldn't want to be next on his hit list, especially with a publication like the Reader backing him up.

Cherie Getchell


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