PERSONNEL & INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE
Ordinance amendment to Section 4-28-22 Code of Ordinances to allow any employee, who elected to participate in the DROP program between 9/1/2012 and 6/30/2015 and whose effective date of retirement is between 10/1/2015 and 9/1/2018, to elect to “freeze” in place and suspend participation in the DROP program.
This is the mayor’s idea. It is an election year after all, we can’t force people into poverty. Well. Not everyone, especially those who we call “friends.” I haven’t looked at the DROP list yet, but I am willing to bet some recognized names are in there. So, are we going to let the others we forced out back? We see through this Mr. Mayor. Dave Booker gave a face to your carnage and we can’t go around having worry about their livelihood on camera now can we? After all, there are 1599 more stories to be told. I would love to tell every single one.
Resolution urging the state legislature to adopt legislation to outlaw the sale of organs and
body parts of aborted babies
Planned Parenthood spoke against this and said that the video was highly edited and false. Councilmen were not eager to jump on this one saying it was choosing between prolife and prochoice. So they will revisit this item.
Resolution requesting that a more robust performance review system be developed and that all employees with multiple disciplinary actions do not receive pay raises
Ah…Councilman Conrad. This is a sneaky sneaky way to attack those raises. Three unions spoke out against this one. Maybe I am reading too much in to this but what if I am not? He says he is just giving the voters what they asked for. Not really. See Police and Fire are paramilitary and handle their own discipline and when you get the public involved then sometimes you will find discipline that maybe wouldn’t have happened. Like most entities, lawsuits scare the city so sometimes they react to that instead of dishing out fair discipline.
For Police disciplinary action is permanently in their file. That is understandable if you are trying to see if a pattern develops, but it is fair to use that discipline against them in performance reviews? Meaning should an officer not get a raise because they had two incidents in a 7 year period? In public safety, you will have complaints. UM…..CLERB… need I say more? Sometimes you make people mad and in a job where no two situations are the same, how can you have measurable performance levels?
Dispatchers have hearings a lot simply because of the nature of their work. They are expected to be 911, 411, multilingual, telepathic, clairvoyant, and Christopher Columbus all in one person. When they fail to live up to what the public expects them to be, often they are disciplined. It is not an easy job. Should they not get a raise because in a 3 year period someone called and didn’t know their address and cussed the dispatcher out and then the dispatcher was able to finally get an address, it was the wrong one? Yes. People in the city DO NOT KNOW THEIR ADDRESSES. Or in a call where the person was hysterical because life was truly on the line and they couldn’t make out exactly what was said. Should they not get a raise because of this? Does it negate the 1000s of other calls they successfully took? Seems to me that it will be difficult for the city to find people to give raises to. Not because the city is filled with bad employees, but because the job they hold are not typical jobs with measurable levels of performance. So, no raises ever again right?
Ordinance amending the Pension Ordinance for employees under investigation for theft/embezzlement from the City.
This is also an interesting one. You pay into the pension and then you go into McDonald’s on city time for some ice cream on an unscheduled break or lunch. Guess what? You have just embezzled time. Now your pension is threatened. What if a co-worker gets angry and accuses you of embezzling and they launch an investigation. You can lose your pension. The way this ordinance is written, just the mere investigation of this act can put your pension at risk.
Now they said that what they mean is that they will not let you take the lump sum and run. That’s what they say. That’s not what was written. We know how that plays out. This passed with opposition from Joe Brown who said they were jumping the gun again before getting the full ordinance. Where is due process? The Constitution says you cannot take property without due process of law. This is exactly what this does. I am not opposed to taking someone’s pension if it is PROVEN they stole from the city and then and only then should they discuss if they forfeit it all or just the amount of the embezzled amount. The key word is conviction. We are innocent until proven guilty in thei country. Right Mr. Defense Attorney Mayor? We cannot circumvent the law even if we really want to!
Tomorrow we will talk redistricting and ABC. ABC……… ABC!!!!