He made the trains run on time and controlled the Unions
Fascism is recognized to have first been officially developed by Benito Mussolini, who came to power in Italy in 1922. To sum up fascism in one word would be to say "anti-liberalism"................Socialism and Democracy. Political doctrines pass; peoples remain. It is to be expected that this century may be that of authority, a century of the "Right," a Fascist century."
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First, I don't know the whole story.
I don't know what kind of fight our brothers and sisters had to fight. This article is not about what they did but about what our government will try to do to us very soon.
The average pay of a State worker is $35,000.00.
Many State employees could make more in private industry and raises have not kept pace with inflation.
Why work for less? State employees have always taken less money for the same jobs because of the trade off. State employees have a pension system and health insurance, along with benefits paid from their dues such as income protection unmatched by any employer funded plan.
We did not get huge raises, but we negotiated at the same time that Union members and SEIU staff were fighting a battle to protect State employee health care.
Compare N.H. and
State employees have traded lower pay and raises as a trade off to keep health care and a solid pension plan. This year the N.H. Union said the trade off wasn’t worth it anymore.
"It's wonderful that everybody can go to the doctor when you're sick, but if you can't afford a house to live in, what good is it going to do you?" said Diana Lacey, chair of the State
Employees Association bargaining team.
As a member of the SEIU negotiating team for the last two contracts, I have told members that maybe some aspect of the contracts were not great but “it opened the door”. The legislators in
The Union said "In order to make the wages more competitive, you've got to adjust the health care plan as well," said the head of the N.H. team. We don't know what kind of attacks they faced or how hard these decisions were to make, but we can be sure that they made the decisions that they felt were best for the membership. The trouble is that our legislators will see this as weakness and they will come after us. "Do you want some candy, Union member? "
To quote a N.H. State Worker "We don't make that much money, it was always the benefits. And now that door's open," "They're chipping away, chipping away."
Monday, July 2, 2007
Susan the Bruce: NH State Employees
Humor, laughs, Union, and all with a highly skilled writer. Go take a look. If you don't know what is going on next door, you won't know it when it knocks on your door. Click Susan the Bruce, the title is the link.
The county will stop paying $30 million annually for health care for thousands of current and future retirees.
New Federal rules will require public pension systems to list among their debts all future health care benefit payments to retirees. Listing retiree debt will make pension plans a prime target for “debt reduction”.This is not a pleasant thing to do, one politician said after voting to kill benefits that had been promised. They keep saying that very few private companies offer guaranteed retirement benefits, and almost none promise retirement health care, as if that makes it OK to break a promise.
GM and the UAW last year agreed to a court settlement requiring union retirees to pay part of their health-care costs for the first time. The accord included a $3 billion fund set up by GM that requires union contributions to help defray retirees' expenses.
February 13, 2007
The plan is for consecutive cutbacks in 2009 and 2010 and then a freeze.
The administration is willingly proposing massive cuts in VA health care with no care for the vets he has maimed in this illegal war.
MSEA-SEIU Members Successfully Protect Health Care
I have a hard time finding success stories anywhere but Maine. Here, we won. Next time?
Keep your eyes open, the legislature will be working on the next set of attacks on our wages and benefits in a year, not 18 months, not two years. The next budget is started at least a year ahead of July 2009. The more success they see with other States cutting benefits and the less they hear from you only encourages the greedy &()*%$$#S.
Late on May 24, legislative leaders reached agreement on a two-year state budget that protects the health care of current and retired state workers.
Legislative leaders rejected demands by some legislators to shift over $20 million in health care costs onto current and retired state workers.
June 15, 2007: After being hit with healthcare cuts for the third time in a year, Local 814 members went to the June general membership meeting and demanded answers.
N.H. SEIU gets 10% raise-----or not. VOTES TO BE COUNTED JULY 9.
The agreement between
And it offers them a 3.5 percent pay hike in 2008. A 5.5 percent hike in 2009, but to get that raise, state employees are going to have to begin paying part of their health care premiums at 25 dollars per pay period going up to $30.00 a pay period. Let’s see, the raise this year is $20.00 a week, they get to keep $7.50 a week, which is about a 1% raise. I don’t know but if the average wage is $35,000.00 then $30.00 a pay period is about 2 ¼ percent of the raise. 3.5 minus 2 ¼ equals a 1 and a quarter percent raise. The third raise 5.5% is now is about 3.5%.
Let’s sum up, in the first year there is a 1% raise, second year a 1 ¼ percent raise and at the end of the contract a 3 ½ percent raise. Total 5 ¾ percent over two years and that doesn’t factor in the health care going to $30.00 bi-weekly during the contract. Do you think they will ever close that barn door? How much more will the legislature want next time? I read what the employees say, not the Union and they are screaming. The door is open!
Steve Norton of the
Steve says, the
“This opens the door to a broader conversation about the mix of wages and benefits” “that’s historic, it obviously hasn’t happened in the past”. Looks like they have developed a big appetite for State employee take aways.