Skip to comments.California’s Pampered Public Employees
Posted on 12/12/2012 7:26:49 PM PST by virgil283
"How bad is Californias public employee compensation problem? If nurses collecting $1 million in overtime pay and highway patrol officers making $500,000 are any indication, bad doesnt cover the half of it.....'accumulated vacation time that allowed one employee to collect $609,000 at retirement in 2011'....Increasing pay for prison guards and psychiatrists who deal with the mentally ill seems like a cause worthy of our sympathy and support, but politicians are more likely responding to the threat that union leaders could muscle them out of office if they dont keep the funds flowing.".....
1. Default on all public union contracts.
2. Void all pensions that are paid from tax payers’ money.
3. Fire all public employees.
4. Re-hire public employees on minimum wage, let them compete for a change.
Once the competition for labor heats up, costs will come down. And those who truly want to serve (not for money or benefits) will join the public service. Problem solved.
Yes, but the CA completely dem controlled legislature is very inclusive. They have an Eskimo, a transvestite and a woman who is orange with green poke a dots.
Federalism is great as a laboratory for society. When, not if, this experiment fails no elected public servant in another state should bail them out.
There’s no solving a problem like this. The greedy unions won’t settle peacefully. They won’t settle until there’s buckets of blood in the streets.
If I could I would leave Cali as fast as possible.
It’s blanket statements (”fire all public employees”) by people with extremely simplistic solutions to every problem that bother me.
For example, would you fire all highway patrol officers? All prison corrections officers? And the like.
Oh, I see, they would be rehired at minimum wage. Do you really think that you can have effective police forces—yes, I am focusing on public safety employees at the moment—who are paid a pittance for their work. The key word is “effective” since I’m sure you could hire unqualified people off the street. Your call for motivated people who would serve for small wages and benefits rings hollow. That’s not the way the world works.
As regards voiding contracts and pensions, perhaps the expression, “lawful contracts,” has escaped your steel-trap mind.
Goodness gracious, give me a break. You are unbelievably ignorant and totally lacking in an understanding of the complexity of social problems.
If the system is broke, you cannot just fiddle with the knobs. Take apart the system and remove unnecessary stuff (so, highway officers and EMT staff are probably not the first ones to go). Repair what is salvageable.
Public service should never be the ticket to cushy retirement. Do you expect comfy pay for jury duty? No. Why is public service jobs be any different? I even argue that all public service jobs should be free, so only those who want to perform service would be there, no the moochers who expect million dollar retirements for pushing papers from one corner to another.
I would not know how to “take apart the system.” I do think, though, that it is much too complex to address by firing everyone.
I would agree that public service should not lead to a cushy retirement, but I do think that if one works, say, 30 years, he or she is entitled to a reasonable retirement pay. I am sure that you disagree because you have a flaming animus to all government employees, perhaps because you are jealous of their benefits.
And as to your statement about “all public service jobs should be free,” well, if by that you think the functions of government should be carried out free of charge, well, that is so ridiculous as to be not worthy of comment.
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