I am writing in response to the Jan. 25 News article, "Rise in drug co-pay shocks employees." Not all of the Town of Elma employees knew about the changes to their health insurance. As a matter of fact, I am willing to bet that the vast majority of employees did not know about it until they read it in the paper. Once again, the Town Board has approved a change during a work session that is held at a time when most people, especially employees, are unable to attend.
I thought the board might have learned from previous experiences when making changes to health insurance at a work session. This led to most employees being forced to join a union to gain communication with the board, which in the long run has cost the taxpayers a lot of money for a professional negotiator, a fact that is never mentioned. It's a real shame that a town the size of Elma, with a somewhat small work force, has to go to these extremes to communicate.