Thursday, December 14, 2017 22:52

The Battle WAGES On

Over on Clintonmass.com there’s a discussion going on regarding emergency services, this would include the Police and Fire. The discussion centers around the reductions in Police and Firefighter staffing and minimum staffing levels. Less Cops and Firefighters = lives lost says one poster.

I’ll say what I’ve been saying all along and it’s to the BOS, If they’d gone and negotiated a wage freeze many months ago with ALL EMPLOYEE’S…ALL meaning Unionized, Management, Administrative, Non-unionized in a word EVERYONE, with all on the same page, a wage freeze for all, no acceptations, jobs would saved for now. then see what the fiscal landscape is next year.  If this scenario  took place this discussion wouldn’t be happening!

Sure, that would mean reopening contracts but staffing wouldn’t suffer like it’s going to and folks would likely keep their jobs. Now it’s every man and woman for themselves, No one knows what the others deal is, are “Union A” getting a 3% increase while us in “Union B” we getting nothing? It’s pretty straight forward that a united front, straight talk and the same deal for ALL from the BOS is the correct answer. However not with the rudderless  reactive BOS we have now. In my opinion they are are suffering from “common sense paralysis”.  No ideas…accept from Selectman William Connolly who I will quote:

“I’m advocating for keeping as many town employees on the job as we can. I don’t care if they belong to unions or not. They need their jobs & we need the services they perform. I’m pretty comfortable with my ability to communicate with the unions. I think they know I’ll always tell them what I think even if its not what they want to hear”.

This is the straight talk and common sense we need from our executive branch of government, the rest of them aren’t worthy of reelection and deserve the door! We as a town deserve leadership and teamwork, people that can bring all our employee’s together and salvage jobs, this is what many would say call “Clinton Spirit”…Helping each other save their livelihoods and jobs, lending a hand in these trying times!!

Another poster who’s opinion I respect said:

“The current municipal finance system is broken. New growth is no longer enough to cover the annual increases in basic costs for the town’s budget.  This Town (and just about every other town in this state) needs to figure out a way to do things more efficiently and cheaper.  Everything but fear mongering should be on the table.”

I agree with this and wonder where our NEW Economic Director is? We need someone that’s a super-strong advocate in bringing jobs and grants to town…There are none you say! Well many companies who want to stay competitive would love to relocate to a facility that costs them much less, that said how many would move here into our empty buildings to save money. Certainly enough to help offset the lack of “new growth“.  And again our leaderless BOS is still sitting on this and should have filled the position as soon as was humanly possible, after Don Lowe’s departure. How many missed opportunites have passed us by? How many grant applications have we missed out on? This is completely unnaceptable.

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5 Responses to “The Battle WAGES On”

  1. PJ Chamberlain says:

    I am a Clinton Firefighter currently on “the chopping block” as the junior man of the department. If the BoS and a certain member of the Finance Committee (Tomolo) get their way, myself and another brother of mine as well as three of Clintons Finest over at the Police Department and four of their dispatchers are out of jobs. Jobs that we all love to do. It is an honor to serve the people of Clinton. We take great pride in our professions.
    Staffing levels are set for a reason. Safety. Not only safety for the people of the town we respond to, but safety for the professional first responders who are on the call. We run with a minimum of 5 per shift. We at the FD go with 2 on the Ambulance and 2 on an Engine for manpower for all the lifting we do day to day and one to run the desk. A vital We are already shorthanded losing 2 positions through attrition. The PD are in the same boat. If the BoS and Mr. Tomolo get their way and make these layoffs they are putting people in danger. Reducing the number of people does not reduce the number of emergencies responded to. The BoS decided to waste money on paying overtime rather than hire 2 more firefighter/EMT’s to bring us back to a full staff. Now they are complaining of the overtime being caused by us being short handed.
    What the newspapers do not write are the steps being taken by each union behind closed doors. There are a lot of people who are all for a wage freeze “if” it means saving jobs. The BoS are not guaranteeing anything. If we are the only union to take the freeze they will not guarantee our jobs. So what would the point be to take a freeze if we are the only union doing it? We have had informative meetings, but we still do not have all the information from the BoS to make a final decision. I believe we ALL need to be on the same page. It should be across the board as you mentioned. It will not work if one union takes a freeze. We all would need to if the budget is as bad as predicted. Until the numbers come out, we can not give a definitive answer because of the threats made by the BoS. All I can say is positive steps are being discussed. Don’t buy what the newspapers are selling. We are taking steps to ease the budget in these difficult times, but as I said, we will not be able to make the decision until we have all the facts. Thank you for your time and hopefully I have enlightened people to some facts that you might not have known.

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  4. Clifford Blake II says:

    Bill-

    There is talk that the BOS took back their salaries for this year( I know, I know a whopping $2500- less 30%) instead of abiding by the 4-0 you all did to forgo them this year. I know you are on the “other site” and most people think this is a “sleazy” move and doesn’t show good leadership, especially in light of needing to negotiate with the Unions…

    What gives?

  5. Clifford Blake II says:

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    Bill-

    There is talk that the BOS took back their salaries for this year( I know, I know a whopping $2500- less 30%) instead of abiding by the 4-0 you all did to forgo them this year. I know you are on the “other site” and most people think this is a “sleazy” move and doesn’t show good leadership, especially in light of needing to negotiate with the Unions…

    What gives?

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