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March 31, 2009 at 4:00 PM

President Obama and GM workers

Tony Gutierrez / The Associated Press

Jessica Tarifa of Fort Worth, Texas, works at installing a motor in a GM vehicle at the GM auto assembly plant in Arlington, Texas.

Blue-collar benefits at stake

Editor, The Times:

President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner demand “painful concessions” from GM workers to continue government assistance [“No more bailouts for auto companies — for now,” page one, March 30].

Changing union contracts and reducing blue-collar wages and benefits is OK to this administration, but million-dollar bonuses to people on Wall Street who helped create this financial collapse can’t be touched because their contracts (unlike those Americans who actually make something) are sacrosanct.

This is real change?

— John Atkinson, Bainbridge Island

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