Pleasanton city employees agree to higher pension contributions, but gain first wage increases in 3 years
Original post made on May 22, 2013
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on May 22, 2013 at 8:29 am
The contract was NOT approved last night. I made the motion (seconded by Kathy Narum), to place it on the agenda for June 4. At that the council will vote. The purpose of last night's agenda item was to make sure the public was aware of the terms before final ratification.
on May 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm
According to the article regarding the proposed employee contract for the PCEA group, and the stated savings:
"Julie Yuan-Miu, assistant city manager and Director of Administrative services, told the council that the new agreement, which includes a package of reduced benefits for newly-hired employees, will reduce costs for the city by approximately $1.15 million."
Reduced costs of 1.15 million? How has Pleasanton management parsed the contract in order to come up with that (seemingly ridiculous) claim? Jerry Thorne has been preaching the need to reduce employee costs to 65-70 percent of the GF budget. This contract appears to move employee costs North, rather than South.
Can someone please explain to me how providing 7% in raises saves the city 1.15 million? A 7% raise increases payroll costs by over 10%. I just don't see it. And I don't think the city is being honest. I hope someone from the city can explain how increased compensation = reduced cost.
on May 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm
If this isn't a shell game, I don't know what is. And we cannot tolerate any such continuation for too much is at stake. Let us think of the grandchildren and great grandchildren, please. There is no way we can fit an entire generation, let alone two or three, with the kinds of life support systems that are necessary to survive in the face of a Gigantic tsunami of debt that will likely level the entire state. Look at Greece. Look at Stockton, which has declared bankruptcy and hence will have to start all over again with a clean slate.
In California we have as many declared bankruptcies as we have divorces. And now cities are beginning. All those glub-glubbing bankrupty-ers you see out on the highway? We're next after the Big tsunami washes us away. Just look at Calpers and Calstrs. I rest my case, but I can't rest too long because there is so much work to be done in anticipation of the great flood.