Why in the world would you even propose an $8000 pay cut to a long time employee
and then in the next breath propose to elevate Jim Nobles nephew from a part-time
position, to a full-time one?
It’s taking the money away from one employee who already gave 25 years of their life to the city and transferring their “pay cut” to another employee with two years service. Something smells rotten about that.
It’s just not rational.
Hey, here’s a novel idea. If JOBS ABSOLUTELY NEED TO BE CUT, LET US LOOK AT THE ENTIRE CITY OF KINGSTON WORKFORCE and layoff the people who were hired LAST, in every department. That may or may not include workers in the CSEA and it may affect other workers BUT it RECOGNIZES that longevity means something.
Other cuts can be made through attrition. There are positions throughout the city - in all departments – that will become vacant due to retirements that do not have to be filled. That is also a cost savings over the course of this budget. Even departments such as fireman who have contract provisions guarding against layoffs would be able to do their small part in this crisis.
To just throw darts against the CSEA,which is obviously a “Bullseye” to the Mayor, shows that no thought went into his proposal. Let’s hope that the Common Council can see that trimming the crust off the pie first is the answer – and cancel the whip cream while you are at it.