Comments by reader1
Posted on November 29 at 1:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)
System needs fixing. Present binding arbitration system does not work well; however, you still need a mechanism that will fairly resolve labor issues for employees who do not have the ability to strike.
Removing the binding arbitration system entirely creates a whole host of other problems. Negotiate like other unions = take it or leave it. You need to build a system of permanent arbitrators, real experts in these matters (economists, investment managers, health insurance experts, etc.) Had a more thoughtful system been put in place from the beginning, cities and employees might be better off.
One other point - it is unfair to blame the economic woes of cities on the unions entirely. Some of the issues are well beyond the control of local government.
Posted on November 26 at 2:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)
So which command positions would you eliminate?
Maybe people are not so much resistant as they have better understanding of the issue.
Property taxes have a lot to do with the fact the city was built on a factory and a highly unionized workforce - the jobs are gone and more people receiving some form of govt. assistance have replaced them.
Posted on November 25 at 10:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)
ronzo - oversimplification of county wide pd. bottom line, biggest expense for police is salary and benefits - unless consolidation will reduce the amount of police needed - it does not save money. "expert" from Columbia threw out figure of millions in savings but I still do not see where it comes from.
Posted on November 23 at 8:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)
toni - Nice way to jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts. Police respond to people having mental health crises, sometimes more than a dozen times in one day, and they do not use the SWAT team. There must be facts not included in the article that made it rise to this level.
Might want to get all the facts before breaking into hysterical meltdown.
Posted on November 22 at 8:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)
cpossin - agreed, very thoughtful.
Posted on November 13 at 9 a.m. (Suggest removal)
And of course you needed to dig up an old story about SPD to make your point re: Mootooveren? Not. But, that appears to be the way a few at the Gazette do their jobs. Take a shot at SPD whenever you can.
Posted on November 8 at 9:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)
You have no idea what my political views are. But, it's no surprise - handing out these delusional scripts you have worked out in that brain of yours seems to be the only way you are able to discuss anything.
Posted on November 8 at 8:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Just curious, are you a veteran? I'm anti-American? Who knew?
This discussion is getting way off track, bottom line both parties indulge in disingenuous practices in order to win elections.
Posted on November 7 at 10:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Phil - I'm embarrassed for you...
Posted on November 7 at 8:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Yeah Phil - just like the rumors that Obama was not born in this country and that is was a Muslim. Both parties do it.