This year, Monterey Park City Workers got a special holiday surprise: an end to furloughs. After nearly three years, SEIU 721 members and other city workers convinced the City Council to end furloughs nine months earlier than expected.
This weekend SEIU 721 Riverside County leadership sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors in response to two items on the Tuesday, June 5, agenda which would result in increases in pay and benefits for elected officials and upper management, outside of compaction issues. This is an outrageous proposal made either for completely political antics prior to election day or lack of good judgement by management during a time of layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts to front line workers who provide essential public services.
Anti-worker politicians like LA City Councilman Bernard Parks say they can save money by firing the public service workers who monitor our water quality, clean our parks and maintain our birth records. But here's a better way to save money: hire more workers.
Drastic budget cuts to the LA City Urban Forestry Division and Bureau of Street Services have crippled emergency response times. This was demonstrated when a 50-foot tree crushed a Granada Hills home on Oct. 25 and injured a resident. The tree was removed days later after media reports.
In bargaining a new MOU with the City of LA, professionals contend that long-term reductions in employee benefits are not a proper response to a short-term economic downturn. Instead, long-term structural changes should build more efficient delivery of quality city services.