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Letter: NFL refs show need for unions

Official Lance Easley gestures on the field following

Official Lance Easley gestures on the field following the Seattle Seahawks' 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers. (Sept. 24, 2012) Credit: AP

The "Monday Night Football" game between the Seahawks and the Packers was an aberration of professional sports ["NFL stumbling with replacement refs," Editorial, Sept. 26]. What was really on display is the glaring difference between referees who are nonunion and those who are trained while in the union.

Unions have been under intense assault over the past five years, and it was the lack of professional officiating at that game that highlighted the need for union personnel. The glaring differences were there for all to see on national television.

The building trades union workers on Long Island are your neighbors, work full time and purchase goods and services on Long Island. When nonunion contractors hire inexperienced and untrained construction workers -- often from outside our area -- the results are disastrous and are sometimes not seen until much later.

This is a perfect example of why we pay for quality workmanship, whether on a football field or on a construction site.

Marty Glennon, Melville

Editor's note: The writer is a labor lawyer.