Uniting for benefits

Thank you Tracy Corson for your editorial, "Hygienists Must Unite To Collect Proper Benefits and Compensation" (September 1995). I have been a full-time practicing dental hygienist for 35 years. Because of the "part-time" philosophy of the dental profession - no work, no pay, and part time under 1,000 hours a year - I have no retirement package, no insurance package, no sick leave, vacation time, etc.

Dear RDH,

Thank you Tracy Corson for your editorial, "Hygienists Must Unite To Collect Proper Benefits and Compensation" (September 1995). I have been a full-time practicing dental hygienist for 35 years. Because of the "part-time" philosophy of the dental profession - no work, no pay, and part time under 1,000 hours a year - I have no retirement package, no insurance package, no sick leave, vacation time, etc.

I will be continuing to work till I drop at the chair. Teachers, nurses, and other professions enjoy these luxuries(?) and can look forward to a retirement income.

I have been questioning our professional powers-that-be for years on this subject. I am glad to see others are interested and as frustrated as I am!

Barbara Sommer, RDH

Los Angeles, California

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