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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:08 am, Thu Jun 23, 2011.

Galt’s police officers and non-sworn employees have agreed to furloughs and other concessions in a 3-year contract the Galt City Council ratified Tuesday night.

The city’s public services unit and various department heads agreed to concessions as well. The City Council approved the agreements by a 5-0 vote.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:09 am on Fri, Jun 24, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Frederick stated...I agree that a flat out reduction would have been better, however I doubt they went for that simply because the Galt PD has always been at the low end of salaries for the area and retention has been an issue

    Frederick... great point!
    I'm glad you brought that up. I have thought for years that Federal, State, City and other government employees live in a cloud and have a false sense of reality. When they assess and measure fairness of compensation and benefits, they only select the same kind of employees who are in employment situations similar to themselves. So in the example you stated, “the Galt PD has always been at the low end of salaries for the area”, they probably felt slighted and treated unfairly.
    However, if these same police officers were to compare what they got with other industries that were non union and in the private sector, they would notice what they get is superior and fantastic in comparison.... instead, all you get in grumbling. In my view, they should be appreciative and thankful that they have it so good. Just their pension alone is out of this world... I would ask any city employee if they would trade their retirement for social security... answer... None would... in other words, they have knowledge that they have it good.

     
  • Frederick Goethel posted at 6:06 am on Fri, Jun 24, 2011.

    Frederick Goethel Posts: 50

    Darrell,

    I agree that a flat out reduction would have been better, however I doubt they went for that simply because the Galt PD has always been at the low end of salaries for the area and retention has been an issue. Of course, with most departments laying off, I don't think retention would be an issue at the current time. They may have been looking out for the future, which is purely speculation on my part.

    Recently, I have wondered what the City Manager and Council have been thinking when they do some of this. We fire the Park and Rec Director, along with the Redevelopment Dir. because the City reserves are falling through the floor, yet several weeks later they funded a study by an outside consultant to determine what it would take to silence train whistles as they go through town.......really!? Priorites people....just like in a home budget!

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:01 pm on Thu, Jun 23, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Darrell, on this issue we can agree on. To me it contradicts the labor laws by allowing an employee to choose when they can be paid for work done in the past. Will they next be demanding interest on those "deferred" wages? A 15% pay cut across the board would be in line with today's economy.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:02 pm on Thu, Jun 23, 2011.

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    Frederick Goethel posted at 9:54 am …All offered and encouraged the use of compensatory time off rather than overtime. It's common practice in many industries. It's actually a better deal for the taxpayer

    Frederick... I would agree with you in making a comparison between overtime and compensatory time off... the later would be better but still has problems that Doud addressed. But what I was eluding to was the point that Doug made, which is, why not a direct salary reduction off the top. That would be even more fair to the tax payer.
    In addition, when I see furloughs that are stated in terms that supposedly result in a 3.5-percent salary reduction , I think it is disingenuous and scam like. In actuality, the employee is working less and as a result of working less gets paid less... That is “not” a salary reduction. If the employee reduced wage but worked the same amount of hours, that would be an actual pay cut...
    I think the deal struck here was far in favor of the employees.... not the tax payer. In fact, the deal was an insult.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:12 pm on Thu, Jun 23, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Goethel, what would you expect from Ms. Payne and her old cronies that have dominated Galt for quite some time? Copensatory time off is just another easily abused system and more often creates overtime for others when an employee using that compensatory time decides to book out during rush periods, leaving that gap to fill with overtime employees. It's been tried in the construction trades and it was a complete failure. What's wrong with those employees just taking a 15% pay cut, like many others are forced to do? Shouldn't all share the same pain? Lodi and Galt PD keep crying wolf when in all reality, IMO, these are just small, condensed towns that have too many supervisory policepeople that should be on the streets instead of playing desk sergeant. Why is it that there are so many law enforcement in such a small territory? Why does there need to be a standard of so many police officers to every thousand residents when these residents are confined to a city limits that 2/3 of the force could cover? So it makes sense to say that if either Lodi or Galt were to grow within the same city limits, that additional officers would be required to protect the same area, unless the crime statistics shot up dramatically?

     
  • Frederick Goethel posted at 9:54 am on Thu, Jun 23, 2011.

    Frederick Goethel Posts: 50

    Darrell,
    I don't know what your work experience is in the private sector, but I have had three jobs over the years that were hourly that included overtime. All offered and encouraged the use of compesatory time off rather than overtime. It's common practice in many industries.

    It's actually a better deal for the taxpayer. The compensatory time off can be taken when things are slow and it doesn't require the use of added funds on top of the base salary. In fact, if more fire depts. switched to it, we wouldn't have so many Captains making $200,000 a year or more. In addition, it doesn't boost the employees salary for pension calculations.

    I'm actually rather irked at this whole thing. Galt passed a sales tax increase to fund more police officers. The intent was to get staffing up. By using fuloughs, they are cutting the staffing while staying within the technical leaglity of the the tax measure. It's a sneaky way of cutting service that we pay extra for and defeats the purpose of the tax measure.

    Another example of our leadership not following the wishes of the public!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:37 am on Thu, Jun 23, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    The Galt Police Officers Association agreed to furloughs that result in a 3.5-percent salary reduction and taking compensatory time off rather than overtime

    "compensatory time off" ? I vote for that!! Let all employees in the private sector take time off "with compensation".
    I do not blame the union for attempting to get such great deals, but how in the world does the city think that is fair to the tax payer. I think they just expect the tax payer to bend over and enjoy.

     
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