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Friday, November 13, 2009

City of Aurora and Firefighters Announce $125,000 Labor Cost Savings for 2010


The City of Aurora and Aurora Fire Officers Association (AFOA) have agreed to a "wage freeze" for 2010 that will save an estimated $125,000 for 2010.

The union, which reflects the upper management of the fire department, consists of 29 people and would have had a 3.5% automatic salary increase on January 1, 2010.

The city is currently negotiating with several unions on labor contracts.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

That will do it

Anonymous said...

$125,000? That's all they could squeeze in savings???

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like they should cut at least 5 out of those 29 positions for starters, plus wage freezes and furlough days for everyone.

Anonymous said...

I take it back. They should cut reduce that group of people to 20. You don't need all these assistant chiefs and captains and this and that. They are bloated.

Anonymous said...

How about the mayor and all the alderman take a wage freeze?

A fireman

Anonymous said...

I hope the CVity is not boasting about a mere $125,000 in savings. Sounds like a symbolic cut, not a substantial cut.

Anonymous said...

You could probably save that much by firing incompetent people like John DoBran.

Anonymous said...

Roads closed this weekend -

For those of you who might be traveling in the area, be advised:
Portions of I-64, I-70, I-29 and I-94 will be closed this weekend.
Expect long delays along these interstate highways plus major traffic disruptions in

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St Louis , MO ,
Kansas City , MO , and

Omaha , NE.
A 500-ton piece of coal is being moved from West Virginia to South Dakota so that President Obama can be added to Mt Rushmore

Anonymous said...

Like pissing in Lake Michaigan when you budget is over a million dollars a day.

Anonymous said...

1:23 - I don't care who are, that is funny!

Anonymous said...

The workers foot the bill. We are paying for the city council's incompetence and mismanagement.

The city has been spending like drunks for years.

Anonymous said...

The workers always have to foot the bill. We are paying for the city council's incompetence and mismanagement.

The city has been spending like drunks for years.

Can we please vote for good people in the future??

Anonymous said...

Can we please vote for good people in the future??


No such thing.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think giving away over 2 million for a bar that serves Guiness on tap was a wise investment by the city. And squeezing 125K out of highly paid fire professionals was shrewd and cunning.

Anonymous said...

My guess is if most city workers were employed in the private sector they would get a minimum 50% pay cut.

Anonymous said...

11/15/12am You are right. However just be glad that you don't live in Cal. Where they have many retired fire chiefs making 300,000 plus per instead of Aurora's 8 or 10 only making 125,000. For sitting on their ass and then going for another political pay and retirement. What a system. Its called SCREW the Taxpayer.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know the justification for 29 upper echelon managers in the Fire Department. Are there studies that justify it? The incidence of fires is way down thanks to lots of things like improved Building Codes that kick in at construction or that require big upgrades when changes are made. Required fire and smoke alarms help also. So why the need for all of these people? Are they breaking up giggly pillow fights in the fire barns between subordinates or judging chili cook offs between the companies? I'd like to see somebody challenge the Department to put a finger on it. I am all for fire safety but I feel like the ability to work one day and be off for two has gotten a little out of hand along with the placement of so many executive types. It's what's being asked across the country so why not here? Why the need for almost thirty managers?

Anonymous said...

Mayor Hill was the only one who ever stood up to AFD and their more than generous contracts and working conditions. He refused to be shaken down by their old school union tactics. 29 members of upper management is ridiculous and laughable. Get out the scissors and start cutting. Also cut the overtime candy store at the APD, and get rid of the guys who want to fight and wind up costing the taxpayers god-only knows how much because that information is never released to the public. I also suggest a freeze on spending millions of dollars for Irsish bars.

Anonymous said...

Never been in an Irsish bar that I didn't love.

Anonymous said...

That was after a few pints.

Anonymous said...

1:46 please detail or flesh out your comments about APD overtime and fighting with enough info so FOIA can be used to expose things. thank you.

Anonymous said...

It's called reading the local newspaper, and being told things by members of the force.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that if overtime is cut at APD, there will be significantlly fewer cops on the street. Late calls and court are part of the job as are vacations and injuries. If officers are not hired on overtime to fill these spots, there there will be nobody to answer your calls for help. And, if your going to snap back that the response time is already bad, it will only be worse with fewer officers working. According to Department of Justice stats, Aurora is already approx. 200 officers short of the amount they should have for a city of nearly 200,000 people. More cuts will only mean longer waits and a reduction in the quality of service.

Anonymous said...

The cutbacks at APD will turn a high crime city into a high crime city. With all due respect, most of what APD does is supervise the clean-up and/or the paperwork neccessary for a crime that has already been committed.

Anonymous said...

That is sad if that is all you think that the police do........So sad

Anonymous said...

12:40 so other people cannot be used to do the tasks that many highly trained police officers currently do? For instance is a highly trained officer needed to take a bicycle theft report or a car that was broken into at the shopping mall?

There are many. many tasks officers do that do not require highly trained law enforcement people. I have done many ride alongs and can attest that many of the duties are clerical in nature, and you can use far cheaper personnel to perform these tasks saving the police officers for higher level duties.

I am for adding cheaper resources in order to supplement our law enforcement instead of using very expensive law enforcement resources to do procedural activities.