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By way of introduction, I am a retired Martin County deputy. Politically I am libertarian…
- show factually that public employees are no better off than the general population
- express and support reasonable changes in the system – times do change, and we must be responsive – establishing contributory programs for NEW hires which do not harm existing personnel is one way
- show how the politicians are perverting data and issuing disinformation – that the Florida Legislature, while technically correct to use three year old data, is ignoring more current data showing how FRS is now as strong as ever
- Show how impossible it is to try to compare public service jobs such as teachers, fire, and law enforcement to the private sector, where there really are no equivalent positions.
- Do cut the role of tenure in teaching, and the ability of a union to throw its support behind any employee accused of wrong doing. We all know and have seen far too many incompetent or immoral folks remain on the job because the administration gave up in the face of union money and PR, to the detriment of the community and our professions
- Hold the legislators feet to the fire to do what the voters expected them to do – examine government operations across the board, prioritize, and wield a machete to cut the size of government. While personnel are usually the single greatest expense in an agency, it is the agencies themselves that should come under scrutiny – why does government support the arts, where are the benefits from many social welfare programs, etc. Hell, why do public agencies maintain marketing, vis a vis “public education” programs? It isn’t like they need to compete when they maintain a monopoly. Yes, people will lose jobs – but these are make work jobs that provide no benefit to the tax payer, but appeal to some special interest
- Show how the politicians wish to look productive by cutting employee benefits, when the greatest waste in government is due to unnecessary programs
- Remind the people that the employees and their unions do not set benefits or any other aspects of compensation or work rules – the agencies and the legislative bodies do, and that employees only negotiate. Further, remind the citizens that public employee unions, unlike those in the private sector, can not strike, and in many communities have worked for years on old contracts while negotiation has been an ongoing process.
- NEVER come across as negative, conflict oriented, or otherwise play into the hands of the politicians, who want pictures of workers with pitchforks massing as the gates.
Paul R. Laska
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