Unions are not all-powerful engines of rapacity. County workers have been struggling with layoffs and furloughs in the county, courts and cities. Unions and their members are addressing state and local government issues responsibly.
In response to the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) asking its members if they might be interested in a brief collective work stoppage, Under Sheriff John Scott sent a memo out to all OCEA represented department members. He instituted a new policy, effective immediately, that any employee represented by OCEA who calls in sick must have a doctor’s note to return to work.
Former State Senator Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana) is proposing that the Board of Supervisors adopt a major reform of the Orange County political environment by regulating lobbyists and themselves thus establishing more transparency in the way county government decisions are made.
I’m sure that the fact that Williams personal attorney Phil Greer has represented all of the sitting members of the Board of Supervisors except for John Moorlach couldn’t possibly have played a role in the decisions of Supervisor’s Bates and Nguyen to oppose the solution recommended by CEO Tom Mauk (snark). Bates proposed looking into the matter further when the Board discusses the next County budget in May.
There were two public meetingsÂ Tuesday nightÂ whereÂ public employees showed up to express their interest in resolving the budget shortfalls affecting both employers. One at the Capistrano Unified School District Board meeting, and one at the Anaheim City Council meeting. The employees were met with dramatically different responses from their governing officials. From the Orange County Register,…
An IT Working Group, which had been chaired by Supervisor Janet Nguyen, was disbanded in 2008 just as it was starting to uncover these very contract issues. While the task force was being stonewalled by Mauk and Ajmani, Mauk recommended it be disbanded. Now it looks like we know why.
There continues to be a great deal of criticism leveled at Public Employees regarding their pay, benefits and pensions. The criticism is largely based on false information and misleading facts. One of the biggest critics in Orange County has been the Orange County Registerâ€™s editorial writer Steve Greenhut. Mr. Greenhut has released a new book…