Saturday, March 8, 2008

Unions bankrupt a city!

The city of Vallejo in California has had to beg and plead with the police and firefighters unions to give up or delay some of their pay raises. The city has been facing red ink and the specter of bankruptcy because most of the city's outlay is to public safety personnel: Vallejo's base pay for firefighters is more than $80,000 a year. Last year, 21 of them topped $200,000 in salary and overtime, according to city payroll records. Vallejo city tax revenue has fallen off a cliff since the housing market took a dive. The firefighters union have agreed to take some cuts. The police union votes on the issue this weekend. See the full story at SFGate

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