posted on Feb, 17 2011 @ 12:23 AM
reply to post by Rockerchic4God
the board of supervisors sucker-punched us by circumventing the bargaining process and shoved a 9% pay cut down our throats by way of furloughs and
pension contribution cuts.
My wife, a V.P. at a banking institution, just received notice her 401-k match was being drastically reduced.
There has been no pay increase across the board (on which she sits) for two years.
Last year (2010) there was no profit sharing, as there was no profit.
I recently had to cut my entire staffs hours, from 40+, to around 32.
These people are like family to me, and I did it, literally, with tears in my eyes.
Had I not cut hours, I would have had to lay a few off instead.
My brother, a union electrician, has had 11 days off, unpaid, since Christmas.
There is just no work.
Things are tough all over, but this statement:
There's talk amongst the workers that we'll take our imposed, 10 non-paid furlough days ALL AT ONCE and see how the county and public would like to
see essential county services SHUT DOWN for TWO freakin' weeks. See if they like THAT!
pretty much sums up why unions get so little sympathy from the rest of the working class.
If my wife tried that maneuver? Fired.
If my staff tried that? Fired.
If I tried that?
Welcome to the real world.