The following article was submitted to the Pacifica Tribune as a Letter-to-the-Editor. It was submitted last week and the week prior. It was not publish, and there was no return explanation. We are posting the Letter here as an article. 3rd submission, Pacifica Tribune published this Letter 3/18/12.
|The city is broke thanks to long term city council management|
In these hard times more and more cites are imposing 10% + wage cuts on union contracts. These are actual wage cuts, not juggling around money like we did last year. Stockton, Fresno and San Jose have imposed 9-10% wage cuts when union negotiations broke down. Bakersfield, Merced, Lincoln, Hercules and Half Moon Bay are considering bankruptcy. El Segundo, Costa Mesa, and Monterey Park are considering similar moves. And the list goes on and on.
The labor board has ruled it legal to impose wage and benefit cuts if the city reaches an impasse with the unions. But the unions are not going to volunteer to make cuts. We have to be tough and demand big cuts.
|Union contracts, wages, benefits|
The time is now. We are in a position of power. No other cities are hiring and they're all cutting jobs, wages and benefits or planning to cut very soon. If the unions don't agree then we need to impose at least 10% in actual wage cuts this year and additional cuts in benefits. Better yet a 1% cut for every $10K in income would be more fair to our lower income employees while substantially cutting employees making 100K and more.
Submitted by Robert Hutchinson