"I AM A LINEMAN FOR THE......"
Just received a paper in my mailbox where the City of Painesville has proposed an negotiated 3% raise for the Painesville Electric Department union employees. Do they deserve it? I believe they do. The question is the people that pay the bills can they afford this in the economic timers we are in? People on fixed incomes, layoff, hours cut, pay decreases, who do you know getting a raise in 2009? Not only individuals but large and small companies, the hospital closing, what is the city leadership thinking?
This plus the longevity pay for all employees sec.12.08
a)All employees who have  years shall receive a [2 1/2%] percent increase on their rate.
d)All employees who have  years of service with the city shall receive a [10%] percent increase on their rate.
Someone on Council or with the administration please explain why other cities are cutting pay, and layoffs and Painesville seems to be going full speed ahead?
A final note to the city employees and council read that contract very carefully a lot of things including some of your rights are being stripped out of that contract. Good Luck.