Wednesday, July 1, 2009
GRUDGE MATCH JOEY KING VS ACT 47
The HUDDLER likes it when one utilizes his or her hands when they talk. It spices up normal, ordinary conversation. Call it theatrics?
SO- THUMBS up to the majority of City Council who passed the Act 47 recovery legislation. Our City is on the brink of financial disaster. We have billions of dollars in debt, and shrinking monies to pay the bills and reduce our debt.
THUMBS down to City Council Members, Doug Shields, Patrick Dowd, and Darlene Harris.
And a DOUBLE THUMBS DOWN to the ACT 47 RECOVERY BOARD, or as Mark R calls them the overlords, who kind of remind the HUDDLER of VOLDEMORT from the Harry Potter series, AKA Governor Rendel's henchmen. To take away bargaining rights from organized labor, with the stroke of the pen is simply not right.
While the HUDDLER supports the words of Firefighter President Joey King, when he promises to make this a legal fight, the HUDDLER questions the law on this one. What all public employees must realize is that when your municipality goes broke, the rules change. Therefore it is now more important than ever to live within our means and work to improve government, in ways that do not cut services or jobs.
If this means using less utilities, raw materials, or simply by doing more with less, to perform our duties then so be it.
All of you boys and girls already know that the HUDDLER lives for organized labor and has the highest respect for public safety employees. Let's face it - times are just tough right now.
Alot of USAIR employees once lived by the same creed as some public employees. "The employer can't live without us." This is partially true, but as soon as bankruptcy hits an entity - all bets and LABOR CONTRACTS are off. And the pillaging and plundering begins.
Before we fight for more, we must protect what we have!
As far as who will win the fight of Joey King et al verse ACT 47 the Huddler can NOT predict, however we need to remember what is at stake, and that is the long term vitality of the City of Pittsburgh.