Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Manager Pens Latest Missive on the Fire Union

    Over a year ago when the war drums first started about taking on Big Fire, I suggested the manager tell the story in public as cackling in executive session was perhaps therapeutic for some but didn't move the ball in the bid to topple manning in the CBA.
    For many cycles, CM's and the City Attorney maintained a timid attitude toward negotiations, insisting adjustments on prescription copays were a big deal.
     Now at least there's a little spunk in the fight to contain costs.
     Where I differ a bit is on the obsequious view towards the police union as in they are free of sin.
     The whole system bleeds the taxpayer, but for now the Third Floor is going after Fire.
      http://www.newzjunky.com/news2016/0531city_manager.htmhttp://www.newzjunky.com/news2016/0531city_manager.htm

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

The only thing that came up about the police is that the fire union should drop down to the cop's level of gravy sucking. That is not to say the cops don't suck at the gravy, its just a benchmark she is shooting for.

Hurray !!! for the city manager and new mayor for having the courage to do this. Hopefully he is done in four years and you can take the job back...but learn something from this one issue.

Anonymous said...

Too bad everything she wrote is only half the truth, if that.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure that releasing any contract proposal that is in negotiations is a major no-no and my guess is the city will pay dearly for it. The manager has no experience dealing with municipal employees or contracts and her in-expertise will cost us taxpayers dearly. Sick of hearing about the whole thing and just wish the two sides would sit down and iron out a deal and quit spending our money on lawyers, they are the only ones that will win. Maybe her salary and benefit package as well as all management employees should be made public, and compare it to previous managers.

Anonymous said...

BRAVO Ms. Addison!!!

Anonymous said...

CO's and Police also abuse OT, vacation and sick days. But, 77 work days a year? Where do I sign up?? Hell, I could keep my current job!

Anonymous said...

Stevo calls it a "savo". That's so kewl. I want to be a libtard website aggregator when I grow up. My specialty will be sensationalizing shootings.

Anonymous said...

Take the job back? As in all of this was solved in the prior 20 years?

Please, we need new people in office, it's not made to be a full time career.

Anonymous said...

Great press release ! Keep it up and stop this Union madness.

Anonymous said...

Here's one for you, along the way of "gravy sucking" Person works undercover for MJDTF, retires from the City PD, then works for the DA's office in the same work he did before......at a Salary of over 40K.

Anonymous said...

The city manager and the new mayor deserve much credit for looking out for the taxpayers. 6:49 is exactly right.

Anonymous said...

As with illegal immigration, municipal unions were/are just another Democrat voter recruitment tool sucking the taxpayers dry.

Anonymous said...

Watertown is not the only city going to war with the local heroes meh, cities all over are fighting the overtime abuse, excessive vacations and other retirement enhancements games that have been ignored for far to long. None in the name of safety or never would a fireman let his own family sleep protected by volunteers... yet over half do. Lastly take a look at how white and male it is. Not at all represents our culture other than maybe a kkk family reunion with a couple of token servers

Anonymous said...

Maybe some good investigative journalism would uncover why she is so fond of the police department, After all their budget is very very close to the firemens but they are adding positions there? Hmmm, now why would that be??

Anonymous said...

Hey, While we are at it, how about the Sheriff Dept. the blood sucking double dipping Sheriff and her newly hire from the retired NYS State Police.

There should be no double dipping, no retirement after 20 years and it is downright unsustainable.

The Democrats have been in power too long, they can't even agree that pension forfeiture should is an ethical issue.

Hey, remember us your neighbor small business owner, drinking establishment owner, florist/owner, gift store owner, franchise owner, carwash owner, we are paying for your friggin healthcare insurance and I don't have enough money in my own pocket to live
your lifestyle.



Anonymous said...

Bravo itis About time someone stood up for taxpayers , THIS gravy train is off the rails .

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

City Manager Addison is in way over her head on this raw attack by comparison of the FD and PD ... why is that do you think? It certainly is more that "protecting taxpayers money."

1. Equipment costs? No mention of that?

2. Number required for response (serious spreading fire vs. say a bank/hostage situation). Why is that?

I could go on and on but to me it is clear and has been for some time, this is more than just looking out for the taxpayers.

Nay, this is some sort of personal vendetta but, I'm not sure what is driving her to such depths.

Can't wait to see her next round of releases that she has already alerted us about to look forward to.

Kind of like a real mini-series in the making right here in la-la land or as the former Mayor says "On the third floor."

Plus, this is great PR stuff (or stunt should I say). But, for whom I seriously ask — for whose benefit?

Anonymous said...

Dan is usually a bit off from my thoughts but he is right when saying who is benefitting?? This should not have gone public. No way. It will end up costing more in the end than getting these negotiations done behind closed doors as they should be. This is why Mr. Butler was elected..to get rid of this infighting and public "transparency" that isn't that at all. Who is right? Who is wrong? And mostly, not many would even care if it wasn't out there in the press everyday. Not the CM is getting into the public feud. Not good. Reminds me of two little kids fighting "he did it." Maybe Drew Carey was right.

Anonymous said...

7:36, all you have to do is take out your obama phone and you will have more room in your pocket for work money.

as Ms. Macaluso was coined with setting a barrier to the council for something stupid on her part, i believe the CM is doing this now to relieve some of the tension around her HR ploy.

Anonymous said...

Danny, the difference between our city manager and you, is that she can swim and you can't. But that doesn't stop YOU from getting in over your head everyday does it. You wouldn't know a competent manager or competent leader if she bit you on your a$$.

Anonymous said...

What's Danny's point re: Equipment Costs. FD equipment costs many, many, many, many, many times more than PD equipment costs. Vehicles 10 times more. Portable Equipment 10 times more and then some!!

Anonymous said...

The only people who don't like this being made public are the fire sponges and people on the public dole via tax free pensions and such.

Anonymous said...

Not you, right 7:35? You'd never collect a government pension, as it were.

Anonymous said...

7:36, SMC is "loaded" with double dippers. It's beginning to look like the pentagon with all the retired military being hired there.

Anonymous said...

You have to admit, Dannie is consistent. He's consistently wrong, controlled, biased, and out of touch with people who have to work for a living. With tax breaks, free healthcare, the ability to buy from the PX, and with no financial worries, it's easy to bend over and say whatever your party owners tell you to say.

Anonymous said...

Hey, 10:42, what stopped you from joining the military - except for the obvious, fear.

The majority of us feel Dan is due what he earned and was promised. Also tired of you making it sound like the guy never worked. Not to mention he's in his 70's somewhere I'm assuming.

Grow up, no doubt you're sitting there with a state pension, why not give that up??

Anonymous said...

Hey 1042 I joined the military get a pension and a COW pension, and Social Security......I'm going to the PX.

Anonymous said...

If you earned it, enjoy it. But you don't sound like you were ambitious enough to work that hard, as it were.