Labor council steps into Atherton staff layoff fray; council meets today Atherton, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Jul 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm
The San Mateo County Central Labor Council sent a sharply worded message to Atherton Mayor Jim Dobbie last week, urging the town to negotiate a "fair and equitable agreement" with the union representing 12 town employees who are almost certain to lose their jobs on July 15.
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Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm
There is not a single Atherton taxpayer on the Labor Council. The Labor Council is acting solely in the short term interest of labor and is ignoring the interests if the taxpayers. The Town Council should simply ignore this special interest pleading.
Posted by Tim Wulff, a resident of another community, on Jul 14, 2011 at 9:31 am
The issue, as I have stated before, does not pertain to personalities, circumstances or events, it has to do with the mal-design of governmental mechanisms and structures.
Union representation of government employees violates the constitutional right of taxpayers to be directly, by electoral process, represented in the decision regarding dispensation of their taxes. This is a fundamental and historical issue which was present at the founding of the nation.
Union contracts devolve to decisions made within financial constraints determined by contract law at the hands of appointed arbiters.
This structure is unconstitutional.
It is this that must be addressed in these situations.