This week U.S. District Court Gary Freess ruled that the City of Los Angela’s must pay it’s police officers for the time it takes to put their uniforms on. ”
Unions Put Overall Membership At Risk By Demanding Monetary Compensation that non civil servants don’t receive.
The Los Angelia’s Police Protective League http://www.lapd.com/ is the union that negotiates wages and work terms for the LAPD officers. While I know the union’s job is to advocate for their membership. I personally believe that fighting for such de minimis benefits which I think are trivial make the union look greedy. In these times of un precedented economic hardship this will cost the city millions they can’t afford and make Officers seem as they are immune to sharing the pain and have a sense of entitlement. Here is another fact LAPD members get $975.00 per year to purchase uniforms , not too shabby. See Everdayhtml.com/salary.joinlapd.www://http
Millions of Workers Put On Uniforms Don’t Get Paid For It, Neither should Police Officers.
The facts are that everyday, many businessman have to ” suit up” tie, pants, jacket shoes shined etc, all to keep a professional image. Airline Pilots , stewardess’s also must dress up in a uniform.
Civil Servants Now Compensated Better Than Private Sector.
In this troubling economy civil servants should be grateful for employment, benefits and a pension which are the envy of most tax paying citizens. A recent review of Michigan employment revelaed this to be true http://www.mackinac.org/article.aspx?ID=8207
Unions often posture and use the compensation of Executives to justify their own compensation as non greedy. http://www.nupge.ca/node/790
A Tipping Point Pensions Earnings Are Dropping And Taxes May Have to Rise to Pay for Civil Servant Pensions.
However the real problem in this descaling economic market is that the generous public pensions have benefited from the previous economic expansion. Now that the stock market is in decline the projected investment earnings have fallen and will require hire taxes to maintain public pensions. See http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2009/04/1_trillion_state_pension_hit_c.html
Public Unions Double Standard Feeling No Pain A Sense of Entitlement.
As the public is already overtaxed, unemployment rising, real wage growth declining , real estate, wall street and the auto industry in a slump how long to union leaders think they can sustain such trivial benefits. In Toronto see http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpmagazinedaily/archive/2009/01/23/double-standard-in-a-recession-unions-civil-servants-living-in-another-world.aspx