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Government jobs: justice at last!

Original post made by Finally!, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2010

It looks like the public sector is about to get some adjustments and start seeing what the private sector has been through for a while now.

Once the money runs out, there is simply not money left to continue to pamper public employees:

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"State officials have already deeply slashed funds for programs and services, so the only place left to look for savings is payroll, said Raymond Scheppach, executive director of the National Governors Association.

Earlier in the recession, state officials tried to reduce employee expenses by instituting hiring freezes or furloughs. More than half of states proposed or instituted unpaid leaves in fiscal 2010, said Todd Haggerty, policy associate at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

But now that they are into their third year of tax revenue declines, states have little choice but to shed workers."

Have they even figured out that it is their unreasonable pensions and perks that are the root cause of the problem?

Comments (10)

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I can't say I enjoy American citizens loosing their jobs.

Posted by HHR
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I think that instead of cheering over someone's loss you should do something about american jobs being shipped to China and India. That and the deregulation craze are the root causes of where we are now.

You sound envious.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 19, 2010 at 9:55 am

Eventually the state will realize furlough days and hiring freezes are not what the public is requesting.

Union employees know that those that have been around for a while are low on the "cut" list so they will always vote for someone else to lose their job over taking a pay cut to allow more employees to remain much for the "we're all in this together" collective.

No service oriented business would approach the problem in this manner. The "product" would be the last thing affected by cuts. The state could learn something from this.

Posted by W.E.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Such sweeping generalizations. My husband's company (private sector), service oriented- did exactly what many others are continuing to do - raise prices for their services- no one in the company took any sort of pay cut to save my husband's job. Now we are all "paying" for it in raised fees every time I turn around- this idea that private sector is somehow doing things better than public is a joke.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm

W.E. - if you're willing to divulge, I would be interested in what company (or industry) your husband worked for, as in my experiences, that has not been the common approach the private sector has taken.

My company initiated paycuts (not furlough days, real cuts) across the board - every employee was hit. The percentage of the cut was based on an employee's paygrade. Benefits were reduced or eliminated as well. Our product price remained constant, and in all actuallity went down as options customers previously paid for were included for free in order to keep the business.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 23, 2016 at 7:57 am

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

Private sector companies that just raise prices to cover rising costs typically have a stronghold on the market. And even then there is usually a substitute or new technology/good/service that becomes price effective.
It does happen, it does work - to a point. It's not a long term successful model.....unless you're an oil company.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 23, 2016 at 8:01 am

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

I'm not happy people are loosing their jobs. The government is approaching the problem the wrong way as,another user said. The mentality is to keep what's in place and just reduce services - it needs to be a how do we do more with less approach. How can tech help improve efficiencies so the government can do more with less. This problem is no different than what private sector companies fight with yearly. It's tough, but survival is dependent on it.

Posted by Sam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2016 at 11:26 am

W.E., you've got it all wrong. You're forgetting the fundamental difference between the public and private sectors. I have the ability to vote with my dollars when it comes to the private sector. I can go to Lucky's, or Safeway, and once there, I can buy the fresh tomatoes or the cheaper canned variety. I don't have that choice when sending my kids to school or hopping on BART.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

This topic is five years old. Did anything change?

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 23, 2016 at 8:06 pm

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

No. And that's the problem

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