At the last meeting May 12 2012 you might have heard the Mayor referring to the DPW Supervisors letter of understanding. He made reference to it on several occasions when the council was having the first reading of the Department heads early out come back to work ordinance. Not what it’s called but what I’m going to call it.
Well the DPW supervisors letter of understanding is chuck full of all kinds of goodies. First thing that struck me is they are getting yes Getting for Free 3 years. Know correct me if I’m wrong, but the council said they did not want to give that to the department heads and that they voted that down and that is why the Mayor offered to bring them back at full salary. He said at the meeting that they already approved it for the DPW and this was the same thing just making it into an Ordinance for the department heads to get the same thing.
STOP!!! Put on the breaks here people did you not say you did not want to give them 3 years? On page 2 number 7 Amendment to Retirement Article 17. Section 2. Subsection A.8
A. Service Credit
i. Any Member who has not yet achieved thirty (30) years of service will be granted three (3) years of service credit at no cost.
That’s clear right? They are getting 3 years for free. Now if the council doesn’t want this for department heads as the Mayor said they voted against it. What is he doing saying the agreement is the same thing they agreed on for DPW and he already signed that. Council I say again be careful. So what other little goodies did the council give to the DPW? Well let’s see
all members will have his or her 2011 longevity benefit based on his or her base wage the Member received on July 1, 2011.
All Members will have his or her 2011 longevity benefit based on his or her base wage the Member received on July 1 2011 factored into his or her Final Average Compensation.
All Members will continue to receive longevity in 2012 and each year thereafter.
Eligible members will now get two (2) personal days making it 4.
Now at one time longevity was taken away right? Now if they want to come back and work for the city they have to give the city (36) months they will get their pay from what I see they can’t acquire any more credits towards their pension. Things just get better and better don’t they? Last I heard the DPW supervisors had not given up 10% I can only hope that this was given to them to get a 10% salary reduction like most of the other city employees did.
So just to wrap up, the Mayor wants the council to make an ordinance for department heads the same as this letter of understanding with the DPW supervisors. After saying at a public meeting that the council did not approve giving them (3) years great proving once more it’s not what he says it’s what he does, or in this case what he wrote. No wonder he’s in such a hurry to get them to sign off on this. As I always say when he wants something done yesterday you just know something is wrong. In this case I would say very wrong.