The Answer To The Light Bulb Question
Earlier today I asked "How Many DWP Employees Does it Take to Pass Out a Light Bulb?" Manhattan Beach Mongrel (no relation to Zuma Dogg I presume) has the definitive answer:
It takes one if they're non-union.
If they're unionized, it takes a lot more. Here's the breakdown:
1 Teamster to transport the bulb to DWP.
1 AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) to process the accompanying paperwork.
1 EAA (Engineers, Architects, and Accountants) to process the purchase order for the bulb from the manufacturer.
1 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) to clean the bulb.
1 AFSCME to print installation instructions (including warnings to not swallow the bulb, disposal instructions, and compliance instructions).
1 Teamster to drive the printed instructions to the warehouse.
1 SEIU to package the bulb, and include the installation instructions with the packaging.
1 SEIU to warehouse the bulb.
1 Teamster to operate a forklift inside the warehouse, both for storage and for transport to the loading dock.
1 Teamster to load the DWP vehicle with the bulb.
1 Teamster to drive the DWP vehicle to its destination.
1 EAA to install the bulb if the resident is a special-needs person.
1 EAA to process fuel expenses.
Total DWP Employees: 13
For the record, all DWP employees are paid a higher salary than City employees with the same job classification. According to the DWP, their employees are paid higher due to hazards not encountered by City employees.