This wasn’t goin’ to be the post for the day but when I went online to grab the link I wanted, I ran across this headline: Emanuel: 625 city worker layoffs if union won’t accept reforms
I’ll try to keep it short and offer some advice. Per the article, our new mayor is threatening the unions with layoffs IF they don’t meet his demands. Well, it wasn’t stated that way. Part of the article reads, “He insisted that job cuts will not be necessary if organized labor will “be my partner” on $20 million in work rule changes …”
Here’s my advice:
- Have a nice long talk with the old mayor, not the unions. He got us into this mess. Partner up with him and solve your problems. Internally.
- Stop making unions out to be bad guys. A signed agreement is a signed agreement. Honor it. It was in your office when you got there. Show decency. Show respect. Give it and you’ll get it.
- Be honest. You want money, not partners. There’s a former mayor out there with a nice circle of wealthy partners. They’re “worth” talkin’ to.
- Stop humanizing this inhumane demand for moey. Going public with this threat… it’s embarassing.
- Learn how to manage my 26 yearly contributions to the city. Either that, or let me operate in the red as long as the city does.
- Afraid to bite the hands that feed you? Go talk to your business partners. Tell them to cut their salaries and profit margins for the sake of balancing a city budget. What’s wrong? They bite back?
- Stop bullying the working class of this city. We’ve given. You’ve taken, and you’ve mismanaged. How is that our fault?
- Can you be civil and reasonable? I feel like I’m witnessing a hostage negotiation.
- Have you given that zero-based budget thing a try?