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    :: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 ::

    Workers demand better treatment - By Matthew Artz, The Argus, CA
    Fed up with perceived management misconduct, Alameda County Water District employees are requesting district officials sign an employee "Bill of Rights."

    The one-page document asks managers to "put an end to favoritism" and "treat (workers) with dignity."

    "Never before, in the 22 years I've been here, have I seen such widespread low morale," Leland Turner said at the district's board meeting Thursday.

    Michelle Strickland, a customer service worker, told board members that employees have been forced to write essays as punishment for mistakes.

    "We are disciplined as if we are children," she said.
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