Friday, August 10, 2012
Commuter Tax: Where Were the Public Sector Unions?
That's $225, for a worker who earns $30,000 per year.
Some County workers tell me that, even with union raises scheduled to go into effect next year, they will actually be getting less money than they do now.
And that brings me to this question - Where the hell were the public sector unions during this debate?? Since this tax has no impact on their dues, I guess it didn't matter to them.
This is just one reason why I say they're all useless.
Now, should the County add a small increase to all salaries, say 0.75%? Its workforce had nothing to do with Easton's pension woes. Yet they are being forced to pay for a problem that can only be solved at a state level.
When former Executive Reibman froze wages for three years and laid people off, three unions suddenly became eleven unions. Now, in addition to lengthy contract delays and state cutbacks that threaten even more jobs, nonresidents will see their meager incomes reduced further.
If Council and the Executive were to work on some way to get these sums back in the pockets of people who deserve them, that would certainly go a long way to restoring morale. It might even make some workers wonder why they need a union.