Contract Negotiations…

Contract Negotiations for the Police, and Fire Department in the City of Dearborn Heights. How will this effect the taxpayers of the city? What kind of tax increase are we talking about, when will we be hearing about that? I would like to hear some numbers.  Just some of the many questions, I have would think that many have the same kind of questions.

Here’s what I think, if the city is in the kind of trouble that the Mayor say’s it’s in let’s put pay freeze for everyone including him, and have pay cuts to those who got the big raises during the good times in the city. There are individuals in the city that got 10%, and 11% pay increase for 5, and 6 years take a 2% pay cut from them first. Work your way down the line, don’t just go, and ask the lowest  paid  individuals in the city to again make the cuts, to again have to give up something start at the top, and work down. There are hundreds of stories of people all over this nation that have sacrificed for their fellow workers. They have given up days of work, taken pay cuts to make sure that their fellow worker does not lose their job. The council members did not get a raises it was denied for them, so we can not ask them to do more, but our department heads can take a cut. Can’t see how our council is going to be able to ask the union works, and others to cut from their benefits, while they are looking into signing a new contract for the police, and fire departments. When the police asked to have credit cards, and the council wanted to give credit cards to just the police not every department head, and other employees in the city. The Mayor was quick to point out that the

The council members did not get a raises it was denied for them, so we can not ask them to do more, but our department heads can take a cut. Can’t see how our council is going to be able to ask the union works, and others to cut from their benefits, while they are looking into signing a new contract for the police, and fire departments. When the police asked to have credit cards, and the council wanted to give credit cards to just the police not every department head, and other employees in the city. The Mayor was quick to point out that the policy if adopted, has to be city-wide. Well, I say if you’re going to cut, do it city-wide, across the board for all, or if you are going to give, give city-wide across the board for all.

I have the utmost respect for the police, and fireman of our city, I all so have respect for all the workers of the city, they are going to be the one’s asked to give up a little here, and a little there. No they do not put their lives on the line every day, but they do have to live, they have bills like all the rest of us. Councilman Pilot pointed out that most of the officers are not even taxpayers of  our city, so they are not concerned about how this will affect the taxpayers. Well speaking as a taxpayer, I’m watching paying attention, and wondering just how this administration wants to justify doing this? They have been in negotiations since last year, the contract was up in June 09, they started the negotiation process before that, the council gets the first indication of what’s going on in those negotiations, in January. (according to the Mayor) They did not get the full package until Friday before the Tuesday council meeting, the council hasn’t had the one year of back and forth information flowing to them to understand all the in’s and out’s of this deal

. A deal the Mayor say’s will save 40-50 jobs, asking around no one is convinced that there are 40-50 jobs in jeopardy to start with. The Mayor talks like he is the one who has been doing the negotiating, but he hasn’t  given credit to the person who has been doing the negotiating, Miss Kramarz (assistant to the Mayor) she is the one whose been dealing with this, not the Mayor. While the Mayor has a CPA, and understands numbers, he isn’t the one in direct contact with these contract negotiations.

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2 thoughts on “Contract Negotiations…”

  1. I watched the council meeting, and I hope the council was paying attention to that woman that was talking about the DROP. She speaks for many of us out here, we don’t need any more dumped on our head, we are drowning out here, and there’s going to be more leaving out of the city if they don’t want to stop. I’ve lived in this city for 25 years my kids went to school here, and I have never seen it this bad, and for all of you who think this Mayor is doing a good job, I think maybe some of you should listen careful, and find out just how much is being deferred for payment latter on, put off on other programs. WAKE UP MR. MAYOR, while you are supporting the police, and Fire what about Us don’t we count.

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  2. We all in this city have taken pay cuts or lost our jobs and still have not found another job and we still have to pay taxes in this city so I AGREE WITH YOU .It is time to face up to the problems and face the facts that nobody at this moment are geting raises we all have to sacrifice for a while.That does not mean that I am not grateful for police and firemen ,I have alot of respect for them but as you noted not all live in our city.Homes are empty and are just staying that way more and more of them,and even the mayor is aware of this as he has said that the city is in trouble so let him take a pay cut and his assistant to start with

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