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Re: “It All Comes Down to the Unions

First of all....The Tax ballot measure is only to support hiring more police officers, why would citizens vote for paying for more police? where is that helping the deficit? Second since 2002 the civil service employees have already given over 8% into their retirement and a 5% decrease in pay with the (12 mandated shutdown days), and (Cola) salary freezes. As of 2011 they want to take an additional 5% for retirement, and 5% paycut and additional increased shutdown days.....People are already losing their homes and now they really think that people can survive on additional cuts to their pay...We are talking about Employees that live in Oakland...Truth is most Police dont live in Oakland, Dont pay taxes in Oakland and Don't care about what's going on here, they come and get a paycheck and spend it where they live. The non-sworn employees in Oakland are so far behind in salary compared to others cities, we are talkng about people who work 37.5 hours per week, not 40 hours, with the imposed shutdown days and the extra pay for retirement takin out, they are making less than they made back in 2002......The port kept their COLA's, Police and Fire kept their increases, even Oakland City Council received increases. Where is the "FAIR SHARE" ...The Mayor and the City Council Members should do their part and go back to being part-time, since they all have other income streams, get rid of some of their staff, and perks, etc...Then we should talk "Fair Share"

Posted by Taxpayer on 06/15/2011 at 1:16 PM

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