Friday, November 24, 2006

LA City Union To Strut Their Stuff At LAX Sunday

They don't know a good thing when they see one, to wit:

"This summer, after EAA [Engineers & Architects Association] members had worked two years without a contract, the City Council implemented its final offer to the union: a 6.25% pay increase over three years, from 2004 to 2007." (Source: LA Times.)

[Thanks to the EAA for the logo, which I tweaked.]

Now, how many of you wage earners have seen your pay go up in the last three years? My calculations show that from December 2003 to November 2006, the average paycheck has increased from $535.34 a week to $589.95 in nominal dollars, meaning a nominal increase of 10% over a three-year period. If you take inflation into account, the figures become $280.76 and $282.11 respectively in 1982 dollars (that's what they use in the stats), or an increase of 1%.

I continue.

"The union had sought increases ... matching those granted Department of Water and Power workers."

Oh I see. So how much do you suppose the DWP workers have managed to obtain? That's scary. In case you didn't know, government workers' salaries were some of the few that actually increased over the last three years. That's because it's easy for City and Federal wage negotiators to be generous with your and my money.

"Union officials said that they reduced their financial demands in recent discussions with the city, but that the city was not willing to compromise [and raise their 6.25% retroactive offer]."

Good grief.

More reassuring is this note:

"EAA's leaders have a record of failing to deliver on threatened disruptions in the city. Before a two-day strike at all city offices on Aug. 22 and 23, the union suggested its walkout would force the closing of runways at LAX, send sewage from the Hyperion sewage treatment plant into Santa Monica Bay, and create gridlock in downtown Los Angeles. None of those problems materialized."

Nice guys, aren't they? Sounds like mafia bully tactics straight out of the Bronx.

And for all you out there in Rush's Rio Linda who are earning $20,000 to $30,000 a year, here's the punch line:

"The union represents accountants, chemists, forensic scientists and other technical professionals making from $36,000 to $126,000 annually, with an average income of $74,500."

Poor fellows. I guess they can't meet their house-flipping adjustable-rate mortgage payments.


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