By: Diane Benjamin
Bloomington’s AFSCME Union is actively campaigning on Facebook for their jobs:
Of course they are worried about losing jobs, so are State Farm employees. The difference is SF employees can’t do a thing about it. AFSCME gets pay, benefits, and pensions with taxpayer dollars, but they expect you to lobby for them!
The AFSCME employees believe they are entitled to their 2-3% raises every year, find their on-line comments. It;s very clear why pension spiking at your expense hasn’t been stopped.
I wonder if the Council has seen this?
This is a memo written by Jim Karch listing capital spending for Public Works. This is what was spent this year on equipment just for picking up garbage, recycling, and brush:
Privatizing has two problems though:
- Union employees are the Council voting base, would they have the guts to lose votes?
- All the money saved would just be spent somewhere else. Tari has no problem coming up with ways to spend it.
How did a lot of citizens get brainwashed into thinking the private sector can’t do the job at least as well. EVERY city around us has private service. They are somehow different from Bloomington-Normal?
The way to control pension cost is outsourcing. Everything possible should be outsourced.
Electing people who won’t is the real problem.