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Friday, January 14, 2011

AFSCME Local 1514 Trades $300K for No Layoff Guarantee

The City of Aurora, still negotiating with several unions on concessions, has come to an agreement on with AFSCME Local 1514, which represents 125 equipment technicians, maintenance, snow truck drivers, water meter repair and other production staff.

In exchange for about $300,000 in cost savings, the city will guarantee no layoffs in 2011, even if services are cut back.

The savings amount to approximately 7 furlough days of concessions in the form unpaid time off.

In December, the Aurora City Council voted to increase the tax rate as the city faces an $18-20 million deficit for 2011.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

AFSCME took the pay cut to save their members.

Police union sacrificed their members rather than take a pay cut.

Which union understands the meaning os solidarity?

Anonymous said...

How does the concession solve the problem? What are you going to do next year?

Anonymous said...

Point is AFSCME should not have to do concessions to save their members while the mayor and his staff spend money they should not be. I am an AFSCME member and I don't think we should have taken any concessions. Instead we should be doing what APPO is doing and demanding the city start being responsible with their spending. I gave up 80 hours last year as did everyone else in my union. What did they do with those 80 hours? SPENT MONEY ON CRAP WE DID NOT NEED. Perhaps when the economy turns around, the mayor and his staff will give me an extra 176 hours. 80 for last year and then 96 for this year. I won't even ask for the raise I forwent..... you know when they are doing well..... you know since I agreed to sacrifice for them in trying times....so I should assume that when times are good they will give it all back to me right....... What ever. Mayor should be in jail for his recklessness.

Anonymous said...

9:09 sums it up. If these guys can't see that he is just rolling the concession money over for non essential expenditures, I can't help them. baaaaaaaaa,

said the sheep

Anonymous said...

Seriously... and why isn't anyone talking about the brand new $8000.00 kitchen that Leisner just had installed in his city hall office? Or about the city workers he paid overtime to work on the kitchen, so he could have it done in time?

Anonymous said...

There's a kitchen on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Why is "Little Tommy" so special?
Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

There's a kitchen on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Why is "Little Tommy" so special?
Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

Or how about the $38,000 SUV the city just bought Tommy

Anonymous said...

At least the Firemen are doing thier part. They are shutting down stations. Hows that for cost savings. Keep paying wages, but take away protection. SMART

Anonymous said...

8:35 so what do you want them to do? Layoff fireman so that they don't have enough people to man these stations anyways. Your comment shows how ignorant you are.

Anonymous said...

No Mr. Ignorant lay of Superviors like Chiefs. If you shut down stations then you don't need as many chiefs do you. Then you don't have to take away public protection. Or how about take one of those desk jockeys doing nothing and put them on the trucks again so you can protect us taxpayers who pay you to sleep. You must be a fireman. 911 is over.

Anonymous said...

I was just waiting for a mention of 911.

We knew who the nineteen jackers were, and it was suggested that we take out their families overseas,mom, dad, grandma, Grandpa, Etc. we would have killed about 400 people, a small number if you thank about it.

Then invite any of them to come to America and do it again. How many would come to America, knowing that we would kill each and every member of their family. A small price to pay, but it was cruel and in humane so we initiated two wars that killed thousand. Many of our finest young Men.

Thank about it.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Wiesner

retired City of Aurora,
retired Mayor of Aurora
retired Tollway auth.

Estimated Pension Over $500.000.00 per year. Citizen of Aurora Illinois 0.

Let hope that the State takes away your Pension before you retire,

Anonymous said...

10:41am, You are the ignorant one. I can hardly believe how stupid you truly are. I was reading your post with some delight until I got to that very last sentence. After reading that, I took everything you said and decided you are an idiot, and your opinion, regardless of what it may be, is completely irrelevant. I would lay money down that you don't have the balls to run into any buildings, be it September 11, or any other day of the FN year. Because you are a vagina! I hope you rethink you ignorant statement, and if you are able to find your balls, post an apology. I hope you never forget what those on September 11th did. And perhaps you can think about the type of people we lost on that day. I wonder if they were desk jockeys on September 10th? STUPID.

Anonymous said...

9:55

Lets stop with the self-congratulatory rhetoric. The truth is you are over-paid for what you do. You sleep at work and get paid a huge salary, while others slave away. I've talked to many firemen and know the difficulty level of your occupation. It is on par to being a sanitation engineer (garbage man) or worker at Caterpillar. Yet you want to sleep your life away, be worshiped by the public for a disaster that took place in NewYork, and get paid like a lawyer. Keep it up, you are very replaceable.

Anonymous said...

I am 9:55. I am not a fireman. I have no firemen in my family. My best friend is not a fireman. My neighbor is not a fireman. In fact, I can say that although I do have occasion to communicate with Fireman, I hardly know any fireman on a personal level. With that being said, If you are in fact the one that made the ignorant comment about September 11th I reiterate that you are an idiot and still a vagina. If your are not the same, than you too are an idiot. Comparing a fireman to a garbage man? That should sum up your opinion to the rest of the public.

Anonymous said...

2:38 PM Hey I'm a garbage man, I work very hard. I guess your just better than me because you have a fancy college degree or something. This is what is wrong with this country. The people up on the ivory tower are better and know better than us lowly workers.

Anonymous said...

I am a fireman and here is my take. After 911 I was very uncomfortable with all the attention put on us. I did not want it and I did not want to disrespect the memory of those FDNY members by associating myself with their supreme sacrifice. I personally do not consider myself a "hero" or my job any more important than anyone elses, it is the job I chose. I have done everything I could to make myself better at my job and I know I would lay everything on the line if it were called for, because I already have. That being said, I am not ashamed of what I do or what I make. When I started we made aobut $17,000 a year, so please don't tell me that we are all here for the money. No doubt, we are compensated well, but you need to take your arguement to the City Council if you have a problem because they are the ones that approve the pay rates. I respect the fact that you think we are paid too much, but I would still bust my balls to save you if you needed it and insulting people who are trying their best to do their job isn't really advancing your cause, it just makes you look disgruntled.

Anonymous said...

Hey, is Lieutenant Toby still meeting Tom for lunch? What a cozy couple.

Anonymous said...

9:37- What a stupid comment... Maybe you should grow up.

Anonymous said...

We need to vote out Gill and Jackman Self serving Jackman gets a cush desk job he negotiated for himself.

Anonymous said...

11:38 How are you planning on voting them out? Unless your in local 99?

Anonymous said...

I am you dumbass and It's time for Change

Anonymous said...

Here's an idea, grow a set of nads and say what's on your mind at a union meeting instead of spouting off on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Why so the Union President can take me outside. Nice threat, and lack of professionalism our board has. Sleeping with Hal and Tom can only last so long. besides Gill couldn't punch his way out of a wet paper bag, and Jackman would stroke out climbing the stairs.Real unions would fight to keep Stations open, and eliminate the Chiefs that sit around doing crossword puzzles.

Anonymous said...

5:49- Your the dumbass that doesn't have the balls to bring it up at a union meeting. You probably don't even come to the meetings. You know that no one would back your dumbass.

Anonymous said...

Unions can't control manpower, so you are a dumbass. So, in all your infinate wisdom, what should they have done? This should be interesting. Maybe hold out and watch young guys get laid off? You sound like the kind of piece of shit that would let it happem to protect your own interests. Gutless weasles like you are a scourge and make me vomit. Stick to the openline blog where little bitches like you can safely spout off.