There is a move afoot to balance the City of Kingston budget on the backs of retired Civil Service Employees by taking away their current health plan and giving them a lesser plan. This idea is brought to you by the Common Council and Mayor James Sottile.
Sottile says he supports "discussion" on the proposed elimination of the current plan called the "Empire Plan", which is a plan used throughout the state for retired public work employees. Sottile said that "everything is on the table" when it comes to possible budget cuts. He makes the point that the proposal was raised by Common Council members, not him.
According to the Daily Freeman,Sottile told them via e-mail that "This will be decided by the council and made part of their budget adjustments if they so choose."
The telling part of all of this is that the Mayor also states in the email to the Freeman that "This is for CSEA union only," and "We cannot apply this to the other unions."
So, is it "we" or "they"? Or is it "you"?
Why is it that it CAN be applied to one group and CANNOT be applied to another? What about the contract language that surely must be part of this whole issue? Wanna explain that one?
It appears that the Mayor isn't supporting cutting the budget as much as he is administering some sort of payback to the CSEA.
Before any cuts are presented for any working person, here is what should happen and we have said it before: Let the Mayor and his upper management, non-union cronies step up and offer to CUT FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS off of their salaries and increase their OWN CONTRIBUTION to their own health plans. Let the Common Council members cut their salary and do the same to any health coverage they have that the people are paying for.
Let's see the "support" for that.
After that happens, hit the ground running and make legitimate cuts to everyone and every department - let's not just hit the banks that Jesse James thinks are easy to rob.
Right now, they are all just tapdancing around.
PUT YOUR OWN MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS AND STEP UP AND BE LEADERS.