Wednesday, December 18, 2013
County Commission vote on 5%: Hypocrisy Unites Them. Guest Blog by Norma Rae
Yesterday Carlos Migoya admitted that none of his senior staff at Jackson contribute 5% of their salary, like all the other employees at the hospital. He said he would implement the 5% policy for his staff on January 1, 2014. We do not think that is right. Rather than wrongfully taxing the senior staff, we just want to get rid of this wrongful income tax for everyone. The unions are not about tearing other people down to reduce their earnings by equivalent amounts - that smacks of communism. We would like everyone to enjoy the fruits of their labor, and take home their entire paycheck. We just want to be given that simple dignity. We don't want Migoya to start taking money from his senior people. Just quit taking it from everyone at Jackson.
According to a September 30, 2013 official county document, most of the Commissioners who voted to impose the 5% payroll contribution on county workers don't ask their own employees to make the 5% contribution. And, most of the Commissioners who supported the county workers have been deducting the 5% from their employees. That's just not right. We don't think anyone on the commission staff should have to give up 5% of their earnings.
We want the Commissioners who supported us yesterday to quit deducting the 5% from your staff. Please stop taking the 5% from your employees, Commissioners Jordan, Monestime, Barreiro, Moss, and Souto. And, we do not want the hypocrites who voted to deduct the 5% from our paychecks to take it from their employees. We are fine with the fact that you treat your immediate workers fairly and give them the dignity of taking home their entire paycheck. Don't start penalizing your workers just because you are being exposed for being duplicitous. Reform your ways. Treat all of us with the same dignity.
The hypocrites: Commissioner Heyman (the biggest hypocrite), Lynda Bell (who's chief of staff drives a Mercedes), Zapata (who attacks county workers in the press) and Bovo (consultant to Dade Medical Scam College) do not currently deduct the 5% from their employees' paychecks. And we don't have a problem with that. The 5% income tax is not right. We support them for treating their employees fairly. But, why can't they treat everyone else that works for the county the same? Hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy. These commissioners need to learn that integrity is not a four-letter word. It is OK to be consistent with your policies.