Update: Council is selling out taxpayers tonight

No discussion!  Passed 9-0 along with the rest of the consent agenda.


By:  Diane Benjamin

Citizens are OUTRAGED that City employees have been allowed to spike their pensions by accumulating sick days.  The costs to taxpayers is close to $2 million.

Tonight the Council will approve a new union contract, with a $200 signing bonus..  The departments affected (PDF page 47   http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15652 ) are:

Remember Emily Bell?  She was the head of HR, so now HR is making sure they still get to spike!  This is  AFSCME Local 699.  They are getting a 2% raise and longevity bonuses:

So nobody has to discuss the contract, it’s on the consent agenda!

Instead of recognizing declining revenues, State Farm layoffs, and rotten roads, the City chose to get a slight decrease in how many hours employees can accumulate:

If they cared, the contract would have stated spiking is OVER!

The decrease only apply to new hires.  The contract is for two years, so 2 more years of taxpayers forced to pay spiking penalties so City employees can retire richer than they should.

More proof the City of Bloomington exists for government employees, not you.

Does the Council care?  I’m sure they discussed the contract details in Executive Session, so that would be NO.





10 thoughts on “Update: Council is selling out taxpayers tonight

  1. It’s a big club and you aren’t in it, citizens… but you do get to pay for the parties! With hundreds of State Farm X employees leaving the town/area within the next year… what do you think the tax revenues will soon be? Maybe we will have a temporary gas tax revenue spike as the moving vans gas up on their way out of town?

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    1. indeed.
      The only ones to get the jobs are the ones so well connected. Being so well connected they don’t even realize the effect on the rest, or don’t care.
      “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it”.
      Frédéric Bastiat

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      1. Excellent quote – and those who dwell in the bubble have no idea what is going on outside of it – the bubble is so pretty and fun you know.

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  2. “A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”
    ― Theodore Roosevelt


  3. I believe the contract says the salary can be renegotiated next year even though it is a two year contract. HR believes the City has a benchmark for the needed number of employees.

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      1. The union will negotiate upward. It’s time to tell them, it is unsustainable–if they want to keep their job, accept what is offered or leave.

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  4. This is what the state of illinois did tosecure the union employees into the democratic party and we see how well that did for the taxpayers of illinois. We are screwed!

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