Hard Working Women At City Hall..

Taxpayers in Dearborn Heights don’t know the back stories of City Hall. All we as taxpayers are concerned about is.. trash being picked up on time, streets that are well maintained, police respond on time when we need them, and a strong fire department. The day-to-day operation of the City is of little concern to the taxpayer. Some would say it’s not our concern what happens behind the scene. There are those who would argue so what if some are mistreated in the City that’s their problem. The residents of the City have no idea the favoritism, nepotism, and cronyism that is wide-spread in this administration. Those benefiting from these things certainly don’t want the taxpayer to know about it. Many would say ‘including myself’ that this happens in every City, every administration all the way to Washington.

As a woman however I’m disgusted with the targeted mistreatment of women in this administration. Women who are afraid of losing their jobs and don’t have the financial capabilities to fight. The mistreatment of women by this administration doesn’t extend to every woman working for the City. If you’re one of the lucky few  a department head, or the even fewer in the inner circle you have nothing to fear. The women I’m talking about are for the most part union employees. They don’t hold the tittle of department head they just make the department heads look good, I’m talking about the women who the Mayor has no idea who they are, or what department they work in.

Women denied overtime while the men in certain departments are given that overtime freely.  Women who go about their day-to-day job keeping their heads down just to keep a job. Woman working in the DPW department told to get their CDL (commercial drivers license.)  Woman in the DPW department told to do this so they could drive the trucks. They wanted to plow snow and get in on the over-time that the men have always gotten. These women did get those CDL’s, but do they get the call to come plow the snow? Has any woman with her CDL ever been behind the wheel on the job in any of those trucks? Has one woman in the DPW department been given the opportunity to log one hour of over-time? To my knowledge the answer is no. If there are please let me know in the comment section.

Women denied jobs because that job is going to someone’s relative. Women told to sit their                       “Fat Assess down” and shut up during union meetings. Part-time employees “men” who’s 6 months have run out and should be leaving the City. They don’t…time is extended to them by the City approved by the union. According to the union contracts there can be only so many part-timers for only so long. Woman hired part-time for the most part don’t have their time extended. I’m not saying every part-timer is a good employee. Over the years however there have been several “women” hired part-time that should have had the same done for them as with the male part-timers. Except for a very special female hired a few years ago by the mayor-to my knowledge the only female ever extended such measures. I guess she would have fit into the favoritism group.

Has This administration fostered a working environment that shows total disrespect for women? I don’t expect the Mayor to be in all places at all times. He’s not superhuman. I would expect him to notice after all these years in office a pattern. I would expect him to do a survey of how his employees are doing. Anonymously nothing done electronically so it couldn’t be traced. Allowing for employees to say what ever they want about whom ever they want. After he studies these things he should then sit down put a plan together put that plan in action. Make the necessary changes and have a dam meeting with all employees.

Many times the Mayor has said he “cares” he ran on that in this last election. Well start caring about those that work under you Mr. Mayor. Pay attention take a few weeks and show the people working for this City that you do “care.” Talk Is Cheap Mr. Mayor you’ve talked, now do the walk. You have a problem stop ignoring it and take care of it. You Mr. Mayor not your assistant…

To the many woman working for the City of Dearborn Heights I thank you for the job you do. 

 

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21 thoughts on “Hard Working Women At City Hall..”

  1. If the innuendos and rumors are only partially true then our city is in big trouble because that means millions of dollars that could have gone to worthwhile projects in our city have been used to fatten the pockets of a few. I don’t like working with innuendos and rumors but at this point it is all we have to work with and my mom used to say “where there is smoke there is fire”. What is needed is a third party objective investigation into the matter.

    This city administration does not want the facts known and the council is afraid to talk. Last October, a resident got up and asked the council point blank to give us the facts about the alleged conflict of interest between the people negotiating for the city and union. Paletko remained quiet. The council did the same except for a faint murmur ” I am afraid to” emanating from the side of the table where the clerk, councilwoman Horvath. councilman Berry and councilman Kosinski sit.

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  2. Grandma Suzanne, usually in local politics elected officials don’t agree on local controversial issues. Time will tell if those issues will be forgetting and buried. Those controversial issues are not hurting the elected officials, the taxpayers may be paying collectively for some extra benefits or more taxes to cover approximately $11 millions of general fund spending above the general fund revenue between 2008-2011. In Dearborn Heights taxpayers are accepting to pay, only few cares about the extra few hundred dollars of property taxes. Those issue will become real ones only if there are factual evidences indicating misconducts or missuses of municipal assets or violation of public trust, or violation of any laws or regulations. Usually local officials in those situations start exposing each other for political gain or seeking new elected seat. its very hard for average Joe to but heads with municipal governments if all are as one group. Its very hard and unusual for them to do that unless they are somewhat sure about the facts and acting in the best interest of the city. May be those controversial issues are without bases and just allegations without merits. But its very damaging if they suspicion of been valid and choose to ignoring them and not acting according to their oath of office obligations “Public issues will not go away if been ignored by public officials” .

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  3. Grandma Suzanne, usually in local politics elected officials don’t agree on local controversial issues. Time will tell if those issues will be forgetting and buried. Those controversial issues are not hurting the elected officials, the taxpayers may be paying collectively for some extra benefits or more taxes to cover $11 millions of general fund spending above the general fund revenue between 2008-2011. In Dearborn Heights taxpayers are accepting to pay, only few cares about the extra few hundred dollars of property taxes. Those issue will become real ones only if there are factual evidences indicating misconducts or missuses of municipal assess or violation of public trust, or violation of any laws or regulations. Usually local officials in those situations start exposing each other for political gain or seeking new elected seat. its very hard for average Joe to but heads with municipal governments if all are as one group. Its very hard and unusual for them to do that unless they are somewhat sure about about the facts and acting in the best interest of the city. May be those controversial issues are without bases and just allegations without facts.

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  4. Justice,

    The problem is that the citizens cannot address an issue because we are stone-walled at any attempts to find out the facts. Unless one has all the facts you cannot make a case. The Paletko Circus/PC with the council of clowns/COC impedes anyone looking into this matter by calling it “confidential” when in fact, it is just plain secrecy. The case surrounding an alleged conflict of interest between the city and union negotiator has been brought to the COC and PC several times over the past few years and it has been ignored every time. Justice, what more can citizens do? If you have an answer please let the rest of us know.

    We know the PC and COC can be motivated; however, only if it fits their political agenda. The PC and COC worked very hard when they took on the clerk. However, the only reason they did is because both the PC and COC were motivated by revenge for the clerk when he made them look very bad during a speech the clerk gave in the spring of 2013. Had these poor women made the same claim against a “favored one” in the PC or COC, nothing would have been done about it and more abuse would have been piled on these women. Do you see anyone from the PC or COC coming to the defense of other women who are being discriminated against or abused in other circumstances? Bringing the hammer down on political foes and bloviating for the cameras is not what they were elected for.

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  5. bitsy08: As rule of thumb in municipal/union collective bargaining negotiation, the municipal management negotiators are hired by the city for fee to bargain in good faith for the best deal to serve the best interest of the tax payers. In case they are a city employees they should be working for the municipality under a contract with fixed terms that will not be effected by the outcomes of the collective bargaining contract at all. Collective bargaining negotiations are black and white no gray color allowed. All terms and definitions must be clear and defined without any guessing or confusion.

    If you feel that there was an issue about how a contract was negotiated, you can address that with the city administration in any way you think will satisfy you better.

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  6. Of the two drivers who came down my street to plow the snow, one was a man, one a woman. BOTH of them drove much slower than the usual clip and as a result you didn’t have a huge bank in your drive or on the corners – where I, too, live, Grandma Suzanne. As to the negotiation, I’m a little confused, Justice. You said in your first e-mail that the administration must negotiate what’s best for the taxpayers first and foremost. When you’re negotiating and you BENEFIT personally from those negotiations, how can you choose what’s best for the taxpayers over what’s best for yourself? The person doing the negotiating must be of a high caliber and to negate any question of impropriety, I believe that ANYONE on OUR side who negotiates shouldn’t benefit directly from those negotiations. Perhaps I’m wrong and this is how all cities do it but not only was our negotiator not schooled in union negotiations but only has a high school education and a “friend” on the opposite side of the table, but also benefited personally from what was negotiated. And as to the administration coming to this website, I’ve been told by “his honor” that he NEVER comes here. Too bad. He may learn something. Of course, if I was in office, you’d better believe I’d want to know what was being said. He may not pull up this site but that’s not to say someone else in his office doesn’t.

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  7. Grandma Suzanne: Historically women did wonders around men, made a lot of them heroes, leaders, historical figures, but at the same time did the opposite also for a lot of them. according to the wide range and historical believe, the starting of the human live was initiated by “EVE” the mother of humanity. Woman landed on the moon, become head of states, queens and emperors, win wars battles, and walked toe to toe with man in every field and corner of all human life. But for ages male dominate the public live and dined woman their basic rights to vote, Examples when woman reclaimed their right to vote:
    1893 – New Zealand ;1902 – Australia ;1913 – Norway;1918 – Britain and Canada; 1919 – Germany; 1920 – U.S.
    1930 – South Africa, 1932 – Brazil; 1944 – France; 1945 – Italy and Japan; 1947 – Argentina; 1950 – India; 1952 – Greece; 1953 – Mexico; 1956 – Egypt; 1963 – Kenya; 1971 – Switzerland; 1984 – Yemen.

    Up to this days there are places were woman can’t drive or even votes. Woman should work hand to hand worldwide to help them gain their basic rights. Woman who hold political power should pressure the governments of the countries who practice that and encourage them to stop democratization against woman.

    There are probably few woman still alive in our country they were at voting age but were not allowed to vote before 1920.

    History records preserve facts for future remembering.

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  8. Kathy, I believe as you do. The amount of snow over many days was the driving force for the use of women snowplow drivers; however, we can always hope they let the woman drive because they came to the conclusion to do the right thing.

    I must say what a difference. We live on a corner and the men drivers come up the main street so fast they actually throw the snow on the sidewalk, over our fence and many feet into our backyard. However, when the women did it they went at a slower pace and the snow ended up where it should, on the area between the street and sidewalk, plus the street was cleaned better because of the slower speeds.

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  9. drheights48127.

    According to history: The person who betrayed “Jesus” turn later to be a “Jesus” follower. Humans are dynamics not statics, and we all change for whatever reasons!

    All I’m saying here is: I hope the administration learn from the bloggers on this website and implement some of the good ideas presented here.

    Happy and blessing new years for all.

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  10. Justice

    I don’t think this blog had anything to do with women plowing the snow. I think the amount of snow that needed to be removed was the driving force. This administration stays true to one thing. They never listen. They certainly wouldn’t start now, and certainly not with an idea coming from this blog.

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  11. bitsy08, if the person is a union negotiator it will be “kosher” because they should be negotiating in good faith to get the best deal for them and the other members. Another post showing a video clip for councilwomen Horvath in big dispute with the mayor about hiring an employees! Its a good news that finally a “women” was driving a snow removal truck! I guess they read this block and act as they see fit. And finally participating in city council meeting may result in some changes. Just remember: In Dearborn Heights a primary election was won by “one” vote few years ago.

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  12. I put in a comment yesterday and it didn’t seem to take. My comment was to Justice. The “person” negotiating the contract last time VERY MUCH benefited from the negotiation and made sure this they got those benefits as soon as the negotiating was done. As to the union and women, two trucks from the city came down our street yesterday to plow the roads. One was driven by – wait for it, folks – A WOMAN! Perhaps they read our comments? And as to Marge sticking up for us? The only time she sticks up for anyone is herself with us on this blog. She doesn’t seem to have much of an opinion lately about anything. Henry Ford said: “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” We’ve got some old people on this council.

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  13. Most women in the city frankly don’t care if anything improves. They take whatever is thrown there way. Now when they do stand up for the wrong doings in there departments they have no representation from the hr or from there union. While the heads that are doing the wrong doings continue with the disrespect and there for lack of care for the women. When the women do speak politics come into play to where discrimination for employment comes in.. Let’s take for example the city clerk has a grievance from multiple women have been filed on him for his sexual harassment of his coworkers those coworkers speak up and in the process from the recent complaint have a spouse who is removed from hiring within the city 2 days after a formal complaint is placed. Some would say it’s just coincidence but not when you already have been placed a conditional offer. Corruption is evident but yet still nothing will change because frankly no one cares to fix the problem at hand.

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  14. Thank you for shedding light on this situation. Perhaps if the City was hit with a few lawsuits by these women who are being mistreated by the Administration and misrepresented by their union, then maybe the situation will change for the better. It’s a damn shame that in this day and age discrimination and retalitory measures are still practiced, and absolutely nothing is done about it!

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  15. May be councilwoman Horvath will help them, she use to be out-spoken about what wrong with the administration, just wondering what happen to her transparency philosophy? I hope she is not under a gag order of any sort.

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  16. Generally speaking, the relationship between municipalities and their labor unions is very sensitive and requires the highest level of transparency and clear terms. Those relationships are defined by collective bargaining contracts, those contracts are negotiated in “good faith” between the union representatives and the administrations of the municipalities. The unions want the best possible deals for their members, but the administrations on the other side must negotiate professionally for the best interest of the tax payers. Any apparent collusion in that process must be cleared and resolved before ratifying any contract. Politicians in general like to have positive relations with labor unions seeking their financial supports and voting blocks. Therefore careful and very defined negotiation processes are essential to produce collective bargaining contracts free of any allegations of misconducts or collusion. Union negotiating teams bargains in good faith to benefit themselves and their unions members VS the administrations representatives who must represent the taxpayers interests and not sign off on sweet terms that personally benefits from them (Its a very fine line). The administrations representatives should have defined contracts not effected by the terms of the collective bargaining contracts that they are negotiating. The treatments of unions members are defined by the civil services commissions rules and regulations and all other applicable laws.

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  17. The: You CAN fight city hall and a “few” of us are starting now at the council meetings. As I’ve said before, we were hoping that with Janet getting elected those problems would go away and all the others would be handled. Sadly that wasn’t to be but now it’s time for US to stand up and let the public know what’s going on. We can’t get our person elected because so many have been kept in the dark. No longer. Come to the council meetings with us and stand up and voice your complaints. He and his “person” have gotten away with so much in the last several years. Time for a light to be shined! And Grandma Suzanne, I, too, was incensed that union officials would allow union members to be treated like this. There must be someone they can go to who is above their union officials.

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  18. Kathy,

    Thank you so much for bringing this issue out in the open. Unfortunately, many of the city hall employees have become complicit, complacent or compliant in all the activities that are going on. There are several women who have been “black balled” because they chose to stand up for what was right. I do not see a resolution or an end to this because “you can’t fight city hall!” The culture of the work environment needs to change, and that starts at the top. I don’t see that happening. Again, thanks for your support.

    Grandma Suzanne & Bitsy: thank you!

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  19. Unfortunately this problem will remain as long as we the concerned tax payers are kept in the dark. I hear innuendos, rumors and whispers but never the whole story. I know these women fear for their livelihood but as a group they need to go to someone they trust, like you Kathy. Then Kathy could go to the citizens she trusts and confidential meetings between these women and the group of trusted citizens Kathy identifies, should be held. No council members, no mayor, no department heads, no union heads or any of the mayor’s minions will be allowed to attend. These ladies will be able to dictate who attends and who doesn’t attend.

    The meeting dates, time and places will be kept strictly confidential and anyone not on the list of those invited will not be admitted. These ladies should not have to work under the conditions Kathy describes. This type of behavior from the city administration doesn’t surprise me but as a former union member I am OUTRAGED at the fact their union is not protecting these women but are verbally assaulting them when they try to voice their complaints.

    My dad was one of many who walked along Miller Avenue and got shot at by Ford’s goons during the massacre at Eagle Pass when factory workers of all races and both sexes were trying to form a union and were holding a peaceable march. He helped carry the wounded and dead away. He was in the first group to wear their union pin on the outside of his overalls instead of inside their coveralls as many did for months because they were afraid to show they belonged to the UAW. My dad bled union blood and he taught me respect the union. He and the many others who walked that day along Miller Avenue would be OUTRAGED AND ASHAMED to hear the way the unions in Dearborn Heights were treating their union sisters.

    It is clear the union my dad was ready to die for is not the same as the one’s working today in Dearborn Heights. These unions better get out of bed with the city administration and start advocating for ALL their members and not just those who have their gonads dangling outside their bodies.

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  20. One question I have is when we got the last big snow, how come it took the city 4 days (I believe it was) for the snow plows to show up and clear the streets? I was asking myself that question when one of my neighbors asked it of me – except it was at that time – where the hell is the city and why haven’t they cleaned the streets? I was just getting ready to call the DPW when they FINALLY showed up. And don’t tell me it’s because they have a whole city to clean. It’s NEVER taken them this long to do their job. Besides. We’re talking about the DPW here; one of the mayor’s and his assistant’s favorite departments.

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