DWP Rate Hike/High Salaries Cause Half The City Workforce to Demand The Same...TODAY! (Here Comes Billy Idol To Sing)
[UPDATE: SHOW UP TO THE DWP COMMISSIONER'S MEETING 111 S. HOPE ST. (DWP HEADQUARTERS) Tuesday October 2 @ 1:30pm AND TELL 'EM WHERE TO PUT THEIR RATE HIKE!]
I heard Rod Stewart - "Tonight's The Night" on the radio (union negotiations), so that must mean I'll be hearing THIS ONE tonight around midnight. "In the midnight hour...she cries, "More, more, more!" Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell"]
O.K. TODAY'S A GOOD DAY. THE DWP SHADY BULLSH*T FINALLY HIT THE MAINSTREAM FAN!
AND NOW BLOGS CAN DO WHAT THEY DO BEST: ADD THE STUFF THEY DIDN'T SAY. AND NOW MAYOR PRO-TEM ZUMA DOGG HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF SEPT. 30, 2007, "DWP IS SHADY AS F*CK" WEEK, WITH STORIES ON ALL THE CAST OF THIS HBO/SOPRANOS STYLE TV SHOW.
Maybe I can get a quote from Joe Ramallo for one of the stories, this week in celebration of, "DWP IS SHADY AS F*CK" Week, here on Mayor Sam's Blog.
ZD says, get ready for the obligatory "all-nighter" -- pulling out some (staged reluctant) agreement; and, oh well...looks like the taxpayers of Los Angeles will be picking up the tab. They'll probably do a 5-year inflated ajdusted contract with a good "percentage increase" upfront. (But what do "I" know?)
BY BETH BARRETT, Staff Writer
(Daily News) Editor's Note: If you read only one story today, I hope it will be this one. The DWP's bloated salaries, poor management and soaring rates are the most glaring example of what's wrong with Los Angeles city government. We think this is so important we've put up the salaries of all 8,500 employees here at dailynews.com.
See how your pay compares with theirs. - Ron Kaye, Daily News editor
As the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power seeks a hefty taxpayer rate hike, a Daily News review of salary data shows the average utility worker makes $76,949 a year - or nearly 20% more than the average civilian city worker.
DWP salaries are on average higher than city and far higher than private-sector workers' even as the utility has come under fire for recent power outages and another round of rate hikes: A 9%, three-year electric-rate hike and a 6%, two-year water-rate hike.
The salary disparities have emerged in recent days as a crucial issue in intense negotiations with six unions representing nearly 22,000 city workers - about half the work force - whose contracts expire today.'
[ZD: SO NOW, IT'S "TIC FOR TAC" TIME. I LIKE "NOW AND LATERS" BETTER, Y'ALL!]
Brian D'Arcy, business manager of IBEW Local 18 that represents 8,080 DWP workers, defended the pay scale and said DWP workers' jobs are unlike any others.
"It's a much more industrial environment, much tougher work, more complicated and more skill that's involved. There's not a lot of room for error over here," D'Arcy said. "Even among the clerical workers, the predominant clerical is customer service
representatives. I wouldn't want to do their jobs, take complaints."
But Jack Humphreville, a member of the Neighborhood Councils' DWP oversight committee, predicted ratepayers will resent the salary levels. "I don't think the public is going to be overjoyed," Humphreville said. "It's just another example of what's going on at City Hall with the unions dominating the political environment with huge campaign contributions."
IBEW was a major contributor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during his mayoral campaign, and he signed off on its last contract despite the controversy shortly after taking office. A spokesman said Villaraigosa has not taken a public position on the utility's rate-increase request. [ZD: HE DOESN'T HAVE TO...HE HAS HIS HOMIE JOE RAMALLO RUNNING T'INGS!]
"(But the mayor) is committed to addressing the issue of parity in a fiscally responsible manner," said defeated crybaby mayoral spokesman Matt Szabo. [ZD: CAUSE THEY DON'T WANT A CITYWIDE EAA REPEAT PERFORMANCE ON TV, AT THIS MOMENT.]
FULL DAILY NEWS STORY INCLUDING COUNCILMEMBER QUOTES AND ALL THE NUMBERS/DAILY NEWS FINE RESEARCH
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p.s. According to a study by Huron Consulting Group earlier this year, the total cost per full-time employee in fiscal 2007 was $142,400 a year including health care, death benefits and disability, workers' compensation, medical services, employee health benefits and training. [ZD: Oh good! I say pull the plug on "college preparadness" and plug in the plug on vocation training for THESE kinds of jobs! DOH!]
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