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San Joaquin County employs 483 people who make $100,000 or more

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Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2010 12:00 am

In 2009, San Joaquin County employed 483 people who made $100,000 or more. That's up by 33 positions from the previous year.

And the number of $100,000-plus earners will continue to rise unless the county's labor unions agree to concessions, according to County Administrator Manuel Lopez.

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  • posted at 6:48 am on Sat, Mar 6, 2010.


    Unions have successfully ran thousands and thousands of jobs out of the United States because they ran up the cost of labor. I will be the first to admit at one time on our history organized labor was essential. In today's global economy, they are as antiquated as the 8 track tape player. They especially have NO place in our civil service organizations. All they do is manage to increase the cost of everything they get their hooks into. SEIU wants the WHOLE American workforce unionized and are working voraciously with the Obama stooges to make it happen. It will be a cold day in hades when someone forces me to join a union and take dues out my paycheck against my will. Hopefully there are enough people that feel the same way.

  • posted at 3:44 am on Thu, Mar 4, 2010.


    Clark County, NV: In 2007, a firefighter raked in more than $600,000 through all sorts of creative and flexible goodies that have been added to the contract over the years. :-)

  • posted at 2:39 am on Thu, Mar 4, 2010.


    The CEO of UnitedHealth makes $11,000 PER HOUR -- and they're raising my premium by 15% again this year. Guess it's time the guy got a raise?

  • posted at 2:26 am on Thu, Mar 4, 2010.


    Regrading the Deputies that make over $100,000, they do so because they work a lot of overtime. If you do not need the the postion over 90% of the time, it is cheaper to do it on overtime. The cost of retirement and benefits are so expensive it is cheaper to pay overtime then it is to hire another full time employee. That is only offset if you can use that position over 90% ot time. There are a lot of positions such as watching inmates who are hospitalized or trials where the defendant is in in custody that require extra manpower but not on an every day basis.

  • posted at 6:24 am on Wed, Mar 3, 2010.


    In your first line of the article, you state in 2009, SJ County had 483 people who made over 100,000, up by 33 positions. I add up AT LEAST 103 positions that were nearly doubled from overtime. Had those positions been filled, the OT would not have been needed. And might I add that it takes some mighty dedicated people who would do THAT MUCH OT, you certainly don't get it in your check, Uncle Sam does.

  • posted at 8:32 am on Tue, Mar 2, 2010.


    Journey wrote "I recently read in a Las Vegas newspaper that the firemen there make $118,000 and up. That's a couple of years at a community college. Not a bad deal, huh?"Journey: The number of years in college does not always equal higher worth in their chosen field.

  • posted at 2:30 am on Mon, Mar 1, 2010.


    Get all you can now, unions think there is a bottomless pit of cash to wallow in, it's gonna be brutal when the hammer falls.

  • posted at 5:17 am on Sun, Feb 28, 2010.


    Judy-Huh, no. Subbing out work is the way of business. And will remian so. When the contractors start asking for more you find another contractor, it's that simple.

  • posted at 8:44 pm on Sat, Feb 27, 2010.


    Subcontracting jobs out will only save money on the original contract. Contractors will bid low to get the contract. After contracts are awarded, look for costs to sky rocket. It may take a few years, but it will happen. Any contractor, no matter what the job, is going to raise rates so their profit, after all costs are paid, is high. All you have to do is look at many businesses throughout the country and they are for profit - LARGE profits. Jobs have been contracted out for years in many areas in the private sector, and costs are high. Because of personal experiences, I don't usually defend administration, but Manuel Lopez, County Administrator, can be compared to the CEO of a company with nearly 6,000 employees. What company with that many employees pays a CEO $245,000? CEO's salaries are usually in the millions. I no longer work for the county so contracts will not affect me. I do think you will be surprised what happens to costs if county jobs are contracted out. Unfortunately, greed rules in this country. You can't just say this is what we've got, who wants the job.

  • posted at 1:20 pm on Sat, Feb 27, 2010.


    I can solve all of this. Subcontract the work. Put it all out for Bid.. at least what we can. Tell them this is how much we got and see who wants to do the job.

  • posted at 1:07 pm on Sat, Feb 27, 2010.


    This article sounds like the rank and file workers (clerk typists, eligibility workers, public works street workers, etc) make the big bucks and if they don't negotiate on their contract, there will be layoffs. The positions listed are NOT rank and file workers. In 1992, county administration promised the rank and file workers that they would save their co-workers from being laid off if they gave up their raise. We voted to give up the raise, and our co-workers were still laid off. I was one of those laid off. There are various unions representing county workers. The positions listed above are NOT represented by the same union as the rank and file workers. Some county workers have been making so little in salary and have had their benefits reduced so much that they now qualify for food stamps, etc. distributed through county welfare. As in many businesses, the top salaries go to administration - not the working man/woman. Admin also gets cafeteria plan, plus other benefits. Those are the people who should be laid off if they don't take contract cuts - not rank and file workers.

  • posted at 8:34 am on Sat, Feb 27, 2010.


    BTW journey, no college required but in these competitive times it's a wise move. They don't start at 118k either, more than likely that's their top or just about. FF start in the 50's and BC's and Chiefs get up there pretty good. But like a lot of other gigs the money is in the OT. Now that's were they rake it in and pay for the boat and RV. A couple of strike teams down to SoCal in the fire season and you've got yourself a nice chunk of change.

  • posted at 8:29 am on Sat, Feb 27, 2010.


    Journey-Easy my friend, you're comparing apples to oranges. FF put their lives in harms way, while everyone else is running out they're running in. Not to mention the time away from home, the constant training and testing, etc.They deserve every penny.

  • posted at 8:21 am on Sat, Feb 27, 2010.


    Why aren't any of you complaining about what your city leaders make? For the lousy job they've done and are still doing they should be taking 15-20% pay cuts themselves until the economy warrants their high salaries. And then they should go on merit pay.

  • posted at 6:05 am on Sat, Feb 27, 2010.


    I recently read in a Las Vegas newspaper that the firemen there make $118,000 and up. That's a couple of years at a community college. Not a bad deal, huh?

  • posted at 2:51 am on Sat, Feb 27, 2010.


    UNREAL!!!...besides the doctors/lawyers....LNS should have put their college degrees/credentials beside their $$$...OUTSOURCE these jobs....lol...I know there's someone who'll do a better job for the fraction of these salaries!!!

  • posted at 1:50 am on Sat, Feb 27, 2010.


    amazing how much these doctors are being paid to work for the state.What is even more amazing is the 140 to 150K that the deputy sheriffs make...I thought government workers made less than the private sector...oh that's right monopolies set their own price and then compare to each other.What I can't figure out is when the hammer is going to fall on SJ county and the cuts are going to be massive.

  • posted at 11:37 pm on Fri, Feb 26, 2010.


    Doctors make more than Lawyers? Maybe the Lawyers should sue!



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