June 02, 2008

Letter to the Editor

In the late 1960s, during contract negotiations, Bruins defenseman Donald Awry told team executives that he wanted his salary raised to $50,000 per year. When questioned as to why that salary, he simply stated that, “You just signed Bobby Orr for $100,000, and I’m definitely half as good as he is.” Good logic and simple reasoning.

Therefore, I would suggest to City Manager Michael V. O’Brien to expect our police and firefighters to ask for a 12 percent raise the first year, as opposed to a 2 percent raise, simply because they are certainly half as good as the city manager’s cabinet members. Most people would say probably as good and maybe better.
Good logic and simple reasoning.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the writer is employed in a gov't job or a private sector job or a job that requires continual public funds each every like many non profits do?

And in the the interest of a balanced blog here's a piece from Todays Boston Herald letters to editor:

I found the article “Hub coughs up big bucks in sick time” (May 28) both appalling and insulting to the thousands of dedicated Boston employees who serve the public on a daily basis.

I have worked for the city for nearly 20 years in one of its three public safety entities and, like so many others, learned early on in my career that 911 responses never take a holiday. Serving the public in our great city requires a 24/7 commitment year-round, which we all have willingly accepted.

Sick time is precious and is accrued on a monthly basis in accordance with each entity’s collective bargaining agreements. There are thousands of employees who throughout their double-digit careers have made that extra effort to come to work. These are the people who repair a broken water main at 3 a.m. in subzero temperatures or the firefighter who climbs an icy ladder to reach the outstretched arms of a trapped person. These include the police officer who without hesitation becomes involved in a foot pursuit down a darkened alley or our EMTs and paramedics who treat and comfort the sick and injured regardless of where and when.

Yes these are the same people who at the end of long dedicated careers end up with hundreds and sometimes thousands of unused earned sick time hours which the city will only buy back a portion of. For me personally it’s 35 percent of nearly 2,200 hours, which means that I will be forced to forfeit nearly 65 percent of a year’s pay. I wonder how the bureaucratic bean counters who never work beyond 5 p.m. or on weekends and holidays would feel if they were forced to forfeit 65 percent of their money.

- Tom Alfieri, Wakefield

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In the interest of full disclosure, I too have fixed broken water lines, worked in sub-zero temps, and even once captured a bad guy.

I never had any sick days given to me in the performance of those jobs and tasks and one of them was even unpaid.

Time for these so called public servants to lose prima dona complex.

Find a new job if you re unhappy with your current employ