Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hermosa Beach Police Chief and Councilman Fishman Defend $100,000 Meter Maids on Grounds "When You Outsource, You Take Away Union Jobs"


No price of labor is to high if you are a supporter of public unions. Here is a case in point: In Hermosa Beach California, Police Chief Steve Johnson and Councilman Howard Fishman defended $100,000 meter maid positions on the grounds “When you outsource, you take away union jobs.”

Note that meter maid positions do not require not much more than ability to drive a standard transmission car and have a high school diploma.

Please consider Hermosa Beach Meter Maids Make Nearly $100K

When contemplating the many reasons cities in California and elsewhere are venturing closer to bankruptcy, look no further than the relatively lucrative and often-unjustifiable salaries bestowed on municipal employees – and the lofty pension benefits attached to the high pay.

One of the latest examples comes from the California coastal city of Hermosa Beach, where some community service staffers who collect money from parking meters and manage their operations – positions once widely known as “meter maids” – are making nearly $100,000 a year in total compensation, according to city documents.

There are 10 parking enforcement employees for the 1.3-square-mile beach city southwest of downtown Los Angeles, and they pull down some disproportionate compensation, considering their job functions. In fact, the two highest-earning employees for fiscal year 2011-12 are estimated to have made more than $92,000 and $93,000, respectively, according to city documents provided by Patrick “Kit” Bobko, one of five council members and who also serves as mayor pro tem. Those two have supervisory roles. The other eight parking-enforcement employees make from $67,367 to $84,267 in total compensation.

Bobko also wrote in a memo that the retirement costs for these 10 employees “from [fiscal year 2011-12] through their retirement age at 62 was nearly $1.6 million, and the medical costs for these employees from this fiscal year to their retirement at age 62 would be $1,353,827.” Excluding salaries, the [retirement] contributions and medical costs for the 10 employees performing parking enforcement will cost, on average, nearly $300,000 apiece.”

Aside from the personnel costs, there has been criticism from Hermosa Beach Treasurer David Cohn that parking meter operations have been mismanaged. Cohn cited nonfunctioning parking meters, a backlog in disputed parking tickets and problems with the accounting for revenue.

Bobko is pushing a plan to outsource the city’s parking enforcement operations, which he says will save money, reduce maintenance costs, relieve the city of accounting functions related to parking enforcement, increase efficiency and, perhaps most importantly, increase revenue and “reduce the city’s pension and salary obligations.”

There has been opposition to the outsourcing proposal from Hermosa Beach’s Police Chief Steve Johnson and Councilman Howard Fishman. Both expressed concerns about letting go full-time city staff. Bobko accurately characterized the resistance: “When you outsource, you take away union jobs.”
As I have said repeatedly, the goal of public unions is to little or no work for enormous sums of money at taxpayer expense.

In these trying times, one might think that public union supporters would back off of ludicrous demands, at least a tiny bit.

However, statements by union nutcase supporters like Police Chief Steve Johnson and Councilman Howard Fishman show the only solution is the complete elimination of public unions.

If that sounds harsh, please note that even FDR would agree.

Message From FDR

Inquiring minds are reading snips from a Letter from FDR Regarding Collective Bargaining of Public Unions written August 16, 1937.
All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations.

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees.

A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

No surprise in the Communist Fruitcake Land of Commiefornia. Vote

ROMNEY-RYAN

Anonymous said...

Fucking union faggots bleeding this country dry.

Anonymous said...

Sign me up,who do I have to blow???

Anonymous said...

So unions think everyone else will take the austerity hit while they live large. They better hit that pipe some more.

Anonymous said...

Kalifornica, land of fruits and nuts.

Jim said...

I struggle to make a living in the private sector. Hermosa Beach sickens me.

Nevertheless cops need a union because the comminists wish to weaken the rule of law in order to attain total power over all of us.

Jim said...

I struggle in private enterprise - no exaggeration. Unions are a legal racket.

Nevertheless cops need a union. The left relentlessly attack cops w/ the goal of weakening the rule of law. Without law and order there is no civil society, no commerce, no anything.

The left wants to take over and hire lesbians like Janet Napolitano as police chiefs across the USA. Beware the lesbian cops!!!

Jim said...

I struggle to make a living in the private sector. Hermosa Beach sickens me.

Nevertheless cops need a union because the comminists wish to weaken the rule of law in order to attain total power over all of us.

Anonymous said...

face it folks a lot of municipal and government workers are way overpaid. Chicago= Athens by the lake, it will collapse, just a matter of when?

Anonymous said...

This was probably a job nobody wanted 15-20 years ago when the economy was chugging along with the dot.com explosion. Why would anyone demonize these people, they bargained for their wages and benefits. The demise of our country is good blue collar/middle class jobs going bye bye. We will soon be the rich and the poor. No middle class. When unions were in their hey day the standard of living was much better.

Only son Able said...

AND A BIG FUK YOU AND THE HORSE YOU RODE IT ON!

NEVER HEARD OF A LABOR ORGANIZATION OR A WORKING MAN.

Anonymous said...

He thinks organized labor is a line of wetbacks at a is stop who don't get on the bus!

GET ON LABOR'S SIDE AND WE CAN RUN THE WORLD AGAIN YOU BANKER!

Anonymous said...

some would say the police make too much and their union fleeces citizens...what the fuck shaved,now your bashing honest hard working union members?

Anonymous said...

Union Scumbags live the high-Life on their Members dues money. Then, after years, get their Members a 3% raise, then the Democommunists increase Taxes 10% or more, and the Union Bigshots convince the membership dumb-fucks that they are doing a great job representing them. ALL BULLSHIT.

Anonymous said...

Stockton, California=Bankrupt, State of Commiefornia=Broke, many U.S. Cities, Towns, Suburbs= Underwater. The Common Denominator?
All DEMOCRAT RUN.

Anonymous said...

My Union won us a raise just slightly over how much the dues are going up. On the other hand, I earn just enough to not be eating ramen noodles 3 days before payday. I guess we earn just enough not to bite the hand...etc, etc.

Anonymous said...

Shaved is taking applications for the Meter Maid jobs in Hermosa Beach California. It will require a $100.00 nonrefundable fee and a blow job.

Anonymous said...

Quit your whining. Don't like your union leadership? Don't keep voting for them. Oh! Didn't vote last union election? Can't bitch then.

Anonymous said...

Fuck these unions! Bleeding America and we are demanding reform now.

CPD 765

I Voted For Obama said...

Obama does not Like Kit Bonkon

I Voted For Obama said...

Sorry. Meant Kit Bobko. I am sleepy.

Anonymous said...

Hey! These union thugs are just trying to scrape by on $250k a year like every other hard working American who is on the job 9-2 for a total of 4 days a week!

Anonymous said...

" I Voted For Obama said...

Sorry. Meant Kit Bobko. I am sleepy. "

Get some rest buddy. You earned it! :-D

Anonymous said...

whats wrong with that. they bring in more revenue than the cops