Friday, December 13, 2013
Will We Get a Veto from Gimenez on the County Commission Vote on the Union 5%? Guest Blog by Norma Rae
Everybody is waiting for Mayor Gimenez to publish his veto message. We know it is coming. The only question is how dark and dreary the message will be. For some reason, if the county allows employees to actually deposit their entire check, money that they earned, the entire County budget will supposedly collapse. Gimenez would like everyone to believe that paying people their full wages is the first sign of the end times.
Compare that to the situation at Jackson. The Jackson CEO did not ask Gimenez to veto the 5% decision. He issued a simple statement explaining that the decision by the Commission does create a financial challenge. But there is no suggestion there will be a financial meltdown at Jackson. Why? The hospital administration and the unions at Jackson have gotten pretty good at meeting financial challenges. CEO Migoya knows that his team will be able to make adjustments, because he has been working with the unions, not against them.
Gimenez would not have a crisis either, if he would only work with the employees. During the hearing last week, the workers from Water and Sewer and the Transit Agency said they knew how to save plenty of money. They see the money being wasted on consultants and contractors first-hand. If the Strong Mayor would order his executive team to do a better job of managing those contractors, Gimenez could save millions of dollars, and he could maintain a balanced budget – without blaming everything on the workers.
The word on the street is that the wife of one of the police officers shot this week told the Mayor – in front of several witnesses - that she did not want him to visit his bedside. She said if Gimenez really respected the work and sacrifice the officers make every day protecting this community, he would quit deducting money from their paychecks. And she sent him away.
We should all take note of this woman’s courageous words and actions. If the Commission does not override Gimenez’s veto on Tuesday, December 17th, we should send them all away. Every politician responsible for garnishing our wages should be defeated at their next election and sent home. Enough is enough.
THE MAYOR'S PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE VETO WAS SCHEDULED AT NOON - IT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.