October 27, 2009

TAX PAYERS OR TAX EATERS?:

Loyalty test: Managed competition: Will City Council side with unions or voters? (San Diego Union Tribune October 27, 2009)

Despite a bogus opposition campaign that depicted government outsourcing as both sinister and untested, San Diegans voted decisively three years ago to allow City Hall to consider using private companies for many services whenever it was “determined to be more economical and efficient while maintaining the quality of services.”

So far, however, zero city jobs have gone private as a result of this vote. [...]


The main reason, however, has been the refusal of these unions — the Municipal Employees Association, which represents about 4,600 white-collar workers, and Local 127 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents nearly 2,000 blue-collar workers — to acknowledge voters’ wishes.

Today, the City Council is expected to decide whether to allow the mayor to proceed with his managed competition plan or to force him to continue with fruitless and pointless negotiations with the unions. Boiled down, this is the question facing the eight council members: Do they side with voters or public employees?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 27, 2009 5:52 AM
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