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Friday, December 12, 2014

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner Takes Thousands in Campaign Cash From Firefighters In Exchange for Automatic and Retroactive Raises to Make Pension Crisis Worse



Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, who has taken thousands in campaign cash from the Aurora Firefighters Union, gave at taxpayer expense a 3 year annual raise at 2.25%, retroactively starting January 1, 2014.

The Aurora Fire Department is one of the most bloated units of government anywhere with layers of management with six-figure salaries while a much smaller number of firefighters are actually on the front lines "risking their lives."

At the same time he's increasing costs, the mayor is saying the city can't afford the skyrocketing pension costs and health insurance for police and fire.

The measure was rubber-stamped by the city council without any debate or discussion at the city council meeting.

Who pays for this while Weisner pockets the cash and the firefighters get their automatic raises?

You, the taxpayer.

Hope you have plenty of money to burn in the coming years.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see Openline again publish the salaries of all Fire Dept. Personnel by name and rank making over $100,000/yr. It also would be interesting to know if they receive overtime pay or comp time for working more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours each week.

Anonymous said...

Aurora Fire Department is massively bloated.

Anonymous said...

What other departments are top heavy?

Anonymous said...

The City has lots of chiefs, directors, assistant directors, managers, sergeants, superintendents, captains, lieutenants, commanders, coordinators, assistant chiefs, deputy chiefs, battalion chiefs, auxiliary battalion chiefs, clerks, deputy clerks, specialists, aides and nincompoops.

Anonymous said...

So the city pays the Fire and Police departments retroactive pay. Not only do they get retro pay back to the actual time of the expired contract, they get months prior to that. ( This helps to hide the true total raise from the dumb public). My question is this. How come the Mayor couldn't pay the other unions their full retro pay? I mean they worked for it too. Are they not as important to him? I wonder what it would be like if those other employees did not come to work? The city would shut down! I think that would have been great to see. I guess you get what you pay for right Tom?