An interesting article from the New York Times regarding the failure of Detroit. The highlight of the article is where they lay the blame for the failure of the system….. where it belongs! With the leadership that took the opportunity to line their own pockets instead of actually leading. From the article….
Who was to blame for this? Not the unions. They did what they were supposed to do: ask for higher pay and more benefits. No, the fault lay with the top corporate managers: it was their job, as capitalists, to deny such increases if they were not justified by productivity trends.
via What Really Ails Detroit – NYTimes.com.
Thanks Kim for pointing out the original article.
Interesting article in the Sun-Sentinel… Miramar has enough reserves to offer its employees a bonus. And this is before they even begin the negotiations on their contracts.
Miramar awards bonuses to city employees – Sun Sentinel.
Yes, Miramar is smaller than Hollywood (slightly). Yes, Miramar has fewer employees than Hollywood. Yes, Miramar apparently has better managers when it comes to finances.
Whatever the reasons, good for the employees. And good for the City Leaders of Miramar to pay attention to their residents AND their employees.
The Sun-Sentinel has a nice article today focusing on the Mayoral candidates as well as Districts 2 and 5.
As it rebounds from last years $38 million budget shortfall and with every seat up for grabs, this city has 18 candidates clambering to serve as mayor and commissioners of districts 1 through 6.
via Hollywood elections: A city activist challenges the mayor, seven candidates vie for two open commission seats. – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.
Follow the link and read more. And, if you missed it, you can see who Local 2432 is endorsing this year here.
This year more so than any other it is important that we as Citizens, Residents, and Employees make our voices heard. Vote on November 6!
And we can now consider the Election Campaign Season as fully open.
Hollywood Circle Magazine has a write up on the recent Candidates Forum for Districts 2 and 3, you can read it here: Shootout at the OK Corral Redux.
There is no one take-away moment from the article so read the whole thing and form your own opinions.
And don’t forget to tell your candidates what you expect them to do if elected.
Reading an interesting article from the Minnesota Star Tribune about smaller municipalities switching away from people and to automated phone systems….
…Smaller cities are increasingly finding the receptionist a luxury they can no longer afford.
via Out of the office: City Hall receptionists | StarTribune.com.
The quote was the most chilling… Employees are now considered a ‘luxury?’ And an expensive luxury to boot?
Yes, the receptionist might be the lowest pay grade out there, but it is still a person performing a job and not some luxury item that only the idle rich can afford.