Friday, February 06, 2009

Lead by example

With the city facing a fiscal crisis Mayor Correia has proposed that all municipal employees take an 8% pay cut for 2009 and a 10% pay cut for the 2010 fiscal year. Without these cuts the Mayor says the city will be forced to layoff close to 200 city workers. Correia is also proposing that the school department waive a 2% raise due to them at the end of 2009.

For many city workers a 10% pay cut next year is going to be a real hardship, still it's better than not having a job.

Lefty's View: If Mayor Correia is counting on the sacrifice of city employees to help weather the financial storm he needs to lead by example! Has Mayor Correia stated that he is taking a pay cut? Bob Correia makes a base salary of $118,993. That's a lot more than most families in Fall River make! I propose that the Mayor take a 25% pay cut. That would still leave him with a salary of just under $90,000, and that $29,000 might just save the job of someone who is struggling to get by.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about the same for our part time lawyers?

Anonymous said...

With Benefits.

Faye Musselman said...

The Mayor did not indicate cuts from his office but he ought to start with his driver. Doesn't she make around $50,000 a year? How essential is *that* service to the City.

I sometimes wonder if Americans truly "get" how bad the economy is and how ugly it will get for a long time. It takes about 1.2 million new jobs each year just to handle the numbers of new people entering the work force. We've already lost 3 million jobs. The stimulus is supposed to create 3 million new jobs over several years. Pholks: That math don't compute.

WWII got us out of the depression because it got people working. Makes me worry about the future of America in these times of middle east threats - on both sides. It remains to be seen if WW3 will transform the world economy. Incredible things happen - Iceland has a gay female as its President...voted in because of their economic crisis. Transformation.

Anyway, back to the FR economy. Many of us who read New England Bites got Laura Monteiro's email this morning of her layoff and reaching out to us to let her know of any job opportunities. How many of us get these every day from friends?

It's gonna get uglier. And I believe it will transform America as it will the entire world-wide financial landscape. Is the solution another world war?

Call me a radical, call be crazy, but I say this:

Given our history - don't count that option out.

Anonymous said...

The "$50,000 a year driver" meme was manufactured in the local blogosphere. Another reason why the local blogs only have credibility with the Correia bashers.

Anonymous said...

Anon, Nice spin

Prove otherwise that he doesn't have a 50k driver it is a fact and the mayuh has admitted so but of course adding she does other things for him ( I guess that means carrying an umbrella and getting his coffee)

Colleen Whipp

Anonymous said...

Guys, cut it out. I'm tired of hearing that the Mayor's driver makes 50k a year.

Colleen Whipp Director of Inter/Govern
Base $52,000
Benefits $ 9,130

So there you have it, she makes 52k. So get over it already. She has other jobs. No one seems to know what they are, maybe someone can enlighten us?

Anonymous said...

The southcoast today has an article about new bedford taking a cut as well, however, they provided a link to show what every city employee makes!!! We have the right to know this public information can
you publish it ??



FY 2008 New Bedford City Salaries
Click here to the pay figures for New Bedford city employees for year ended June 30, 2008 (excludes School Department)



http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090206/NEWS/902060341

Anonymous said...

Oh she is a director at 50 ++ I feel sooo much better.

Getting coffee, holding umbrellas and not attending LNG meetings, that would be the job description. Unless you can prove otherwise and justify the position.

Anonymous said...

It takes a bit to download, but it is all in here.

http://www.fallriverma.org/pdf/FY2009budget.pdf

Anonymous said...

You guys should run the city. You have such great ideas on how to deal with the 2.8 M shortfall. Cut one position. That's really going to do it. All talk no action.

Faye Musselman said...

Thanks for posting the 09 Budget anon. I spent about 45 mins going reading the whole thing and skimming thru the salaries. I chuckled that the entire police department only had 50 more people than there were lawyers! (150 to 100). But I suppose most of those lawyers write contracts for services and handle out of court settlements. (crack on sidewalk, twisted my ankle, sued for $100,000, settled for $15,000)

Anyway, the salaries of the rank and file employees are low compared to the national average of cities the size of Fall River. And, typically, there is fat to trim in the Mayor's office. The deference on major maintenance on heating and cooling systems, building infrastructure - will be costly in the long term. And I also note that permits and fees have been raised.

Fall River. You're in a world of hurt - budgetarily speaking. But you're not alone...same story with municipalities, counties and states all across the country.

I think what you need is a Big Event to make yourselves feel good. :)

Anonymous said...

A Big Event huh? Well it's an election year, I'm sure there will be plenty of "Times" and "Chow Mein Sandwichs" to go around. And when Da Mayuh gets re-elected, maybe he'll have another Inaugerational Ball where we can all get down and kiss the ring. That's not just a Big Event, that's HUGE!!!

I've got a ring the Mayor can kiss, it's the brown one in the center of my @$$!

Anonymous said...

LEFTY FOR MAYOR .....Fall River needs to take back city hall ....Either RUN or Shut Up

Anonymous said...

Lefty has right to express his opinion without being a candidate. I wasn't aware that freedom of speech only applied to candidates.

city employee said...

The employees being asked to take a 10% pay cut are mostly middle class. They do not get help with their bills, yet they are not wealthy enough to feel financially comfortable.
If my husband and I took this cut (we both work for the city) we could not afford the 2 college tuitions we pay. we already have loans and do NOT qualify for financial aid like lower income people do.
Where is the guarantee the city would not lay off people anyway?
Once you give back an amount like that it would take YEARS to gain it back.
Also, the next time money is tight the precedent has been set and they will ask again... and again.
I do not want layoffs, but until every other option has been explored, I say NO cuts.
Why don't we try to get some of the surplus in Iraq back and send it to AMERICAN cities?
We are being forced into a situation where we are pointing fingers at each other when we should be saying "not on the backs of the middle class". There aren't many of us around anymore.

Anonymous said...

Just read the city budget for 09. Lots of vacant positions still in the budget!

Anonymous said...

Vacant positions are not getting filled, so count those out.

Anonymous said...

They are probably vacant in the budget and being used in one of the consolidated jobs that others in the administration are supposedly doing for zilch.

Anonymous said...

ALL FALL RIVER BLOGGERS NEED TO EITHER RUN FOR OFFICE AND GET RID OF THE PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE WHINING ABOUT OR JUST SHUT UP

Anonymous said...

Dear anonymous 10:23- I agree- you should shut up.
We bloggers (aren't you blogging as well?)are the reason much of the news is NEWS.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Bob gave up the car just like Poulin suggested plus now he is talking about selling the schools to raise money and putting the money aside for education just like Poulin suggested. What more do you people want?

Lefty said...

Anon 10:23,

I don't think you're going to see any of Fall River's bloggers run for office just to excercise our freedom of speech. I think that's protected in one of those pesky amendment things.

And anon 1:07, I appreciate your support but I think it's more accurate to refer to bloggers as people who run blogs or write blog posts and those who leave comments as commentors.

I'm not sure why people jump to the conclusion that bloggers are against the Mayor. In this post I'm not bashing the mayor for his proposal. I think times are pretty grim and a pay cut is better than a job lose. Lots of communities are looking at the same thing. Heck, so is private industry. My point is let Bob lead by example. He can afford to take a big pay cut! A 25% paycut gives him a salary of 90k a year! Most Fall River residents can only wish to make that type of money in our city.

If Bob were to make such an effort you would have to agree that he was putting his money where his mouth is. You would have to give him credit for being willing to take a bigger sacrafice than anyone else.

If you don't agree feel free to say so.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:23: Here's everyone's opportunity to stop whining and make a difference:
Join Mayoral Candidate Will Flanagan for his "Campaign Kickoff," Thursday, March 5th;
7:00pm; Waterstreet Cafe; 36 Water Street; FR. Let's all "stop whining" and get involved! Let's take our City back, with new hope and integrity at the forefront!

Anonymous said...

Waterstreet cafe? That sends a great message to the average voter in the city. Kick off your campaign at a place where the overwhelming majority of city residents will never set foot. The only other choice that would be as bad is the Abbey Grill.

Anonymous said...

The kick off event is free and open to all interested in getting involved in Will's campaign.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't anyone asking the Mayor where the 11 million in free cash has gone? When Correia took office this was the amount certified in late 2007. We have never heard what the free cash amount certified in late 2008 was? Before we start cutting salaries of employees I believe full disclosure of our finances are needed. How about bargaining to change health insurance providers with the unions instead of cutting salaries? The Herald News is right the Mayor will try to lay this at the feet of the unions.

Anonymous said...

Why is waterstreet cafe sending a bad message? It is not politically connected and it is a dining and music establishment. Please explain when you comment.

Anonymous said...

Waterstreet Cafe isn't bad except that Will is not part of the political establishment so they need something, anything to pick on him for no matter how weak. Apparently every event should be a fundraiser and should be held at McGovern's for $100 bucks a person, otherwise you are doing something wrong.

Blech said...

Just don't ever eat the recycled bread......

Lefty said...

What does Will Flanagan or the Water Street Cafe have to do with this post? Is Will willing to take a 25% paycut? If so he should contact me and I'd be glad to mention it.

If he or his campaign wish to promote their events they can send an email to either aviewfrombattleshipcove@gmail.com or fallriverblog@gmail.com and I will consider posting it. Otherwise stop hijacking blog posts.

Anonymous said...

Will Flanagan? Are you people serious?

This is a guy who has never done ANYTHING for the city. He doesn't show up at any events, and he never goes to meetings.

Tell me exactly what are his qualifications to run for Mayor?

Anonymous said...

1.) He's not Bob Correia 2.) He has a law degree and passed the bar exam. So far so good.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, those are some great qualifications. Seriously, where has he even been for the past several years? He is just running to raise his 'profile' and get name recognition.

I'm also not Bob Correia, does that give me half the qualifications for Mayor?

You guys should be careful not to blow your wad on this bozo, just because he 1. Isn't Correia, and 2. Is running, doesn't make him the best choice. He is just the first to put his name out there so he could get press over it.

You are just as bad as the people who vote for Correia without doing any research.

Anonymous said...

Hope he's got thick skin!

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't going to the Water Street Cafe to see what this guy has to say be a good thing? Hearing what the candidate has to say can only be considered research, right? After all, going to see what he's all about doesn't mean that you're going to vote for him if you think he's a nut job.

Anonymous said...

You're just trying to pack the room. I know what he is about, I've seen what he is capable of. Nothing...

He's barely even had a carreer, why should I even consider him?

Anonymous said...

Hello fellow bloggers. I did a litte research and if the pay cuts are retro active from July 08 that would be a 25% pay cut. So the police chief say would be giving uo 1,400 a month and the trash collectors would be thrown into poverty.Nice plan Mr. mayor.If I were in there situation I would lose my home!!! This is true.

Anonymous said...

Who said they were retroactive?

And you are not a blogger, you are a commenter...

Anonymous said...

Hey Anon at 7:22 and 10:16, I'm listening to you, if Flanagan isn't the guy then who is? Are you going to be voting for Correia again? Maybe Steve Camara or Ray Hague is your guy instead? Don't give me none of the above, name someone that has announced or that hasn't announced yet that you would back or are you just a hack in disguise for Bob Correia?

Anonymous said...

Flanagan, another "boy wonder" with a flimsy resume that thinks he should start out at the top.

Anonymous said...

"another "boy wonder" with a flimsy resume that thinks he should start out at the top." Why, have there been other "boy wonders" with flimsy resumes that thought they could start out at the top? I could only think of Correia's City Administrator. Boy wonder, never been an administrator or assistant administrator before but got the top job anyway. I would have to agree with you on that one.

Anonymous said...

Hello anon 11:12 did you read the HN article about the 8% being retro active!!!! The mayor was trying to slip a fast one by us. Even this afternoom city councilars didn't know the media did't know. Hell until today most of the union reps didn't know. I KNEW AND TRIED TO WARN EVERYONE.

Anonymous said...

Yeah and did you read that Correia tried to deceive everyone about it being retroactive but then his "boy wonder" a.k.a. Bob. Jr./Chapdelaine went into spin mode to defend his beloved leader?

Faye Musselman said...

Sorry, but I don't know where else to put this.
Here is a link to a very cool site called STIMULUS WATCH that shows all the "shovel ready" projects submitted by all the cities states, how much they would cost, and what they would do. I've selected the page for Mass. so you can all see that absolutely nothing was submitted for Fall River.

What's cool about this site is you can click on a state or category, i.e., energy, water, transportation, community development block grants, etc. and see who submitted.

I find it incredible that Fall River submitted nothing. So it would seem the governor has no make no decision while reviewing all the MA projects under the stimulus legal guidelines.

Who dropped the ball on this one, Fall River?

Anyway, some of these projects are plain, damn laughable - others downright genius. One can spend hours perusing this. It will be intersting to track and refer back to as it is revised whenever the timetable kicks in and the checks get written and distributed.

Enjoy!

http://www.stimuluswatch.org/project/by_state/MA

Anonymous said...

That site only contains 10 out of 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. Nobody dropped the ball, you jumped the gun!

Faye Musselman said...

hmmmm. Perhaps I did. Mea culpa. However, I can't find Fall River on this site either. Perhaps someone can point me to a better site?

http://www.usmayors.org/mainstreeteconomicrecovery/stimulussurveyparticipants.asp

Anonymous said...

Fall River asked for $150 million and New Bedford asked for $350 million. Did we ask for too little or did they ask for too much? Are there a hell of a lot more shovel ready projects in New Bedford? Is there Economic Development team doing that much better at their jobs?

kendall said...

how is the fire dept going to protect the citizens of fall river with 58 less men. guess what people once the ISO finds out about the cuts to public safety watch your insurence bills go through the roof. mayor (i won't raise taxes) correia just raised your insurence bill