Thursday, May 26, 2011


All I have to say is 5% of $24,000 (-$1,200) and
5% of $45,000 (-$2250), 5% of $75,000 (-$3750)
5% of $120,000 (-$6000), and
5% of $160,000(-$8000)

Which grouping can stand to lose 5% and not have it make much of an impact on their standard of living?

Now, give back youraises and add the additional cost of insurance for you and your dependents.

Is it still fair?

Add in the additional 10% imposed by the Utility tax and the ever increasing cost of gas, food, and basically everything else.

Is it still fair, now?

Just to be clear, I am not advocating that the Union just disregard all fair offers.  I am just suggesting that some additional scrutiny is used when determining what is fair. 

How about asking the City to look at all viable cost saving avenues, that could help stave off lay-offs by lowering budget expenditures.  Combine that with innovative ideas for new revenue streams and voila!  All jobs are safe!   Or we could continue doing it the way the City Management and City Commission is doing it and using the workers as a savings account.  The choice is up to you...the thing is Savings Account usually dry up if not replenished with funds. So if they are cutting, cutting, cutting guys will back in the same situation in 275 days or at the end of this contract, which ever comes sooner, and then what will be fair?

*I just wanted to point out that a blanket tiered pay cut was suggested by this blog on April 6, 2011 and in a meeting with Burgess Hanson and Kevin Klopp and at the City Commission meeting during the Public Section on April 5, 2011 , and on this blog April 8, 2011.  Now, I am not claiming credit for this decision, because I am sure others can claim the same, but I do know for sure that it was being discussed before April 14, 2011.  IJS  Not like it matters anyway, the thing that matters is that they listened and the Union can take it for it is worth.  

Good luck guys, I hope you get the contract you deserve and not one that benefits a few for a few months longer.

And before ya'll jump down my throat...I understand the concept of an empasse and special master...Union does not mean unity, but with unity does come strength and hopefully you guys muster some up and fight for what you deserve.  Your counterparts in other departments, always that a fire siren I hear???  Oh, no I was watching Backdraft.

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