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Local Governments need to take a pledge
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by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood,
on Feb 21, 2010
Faced with dropping revenues and unsustainable employee pay and retirement costs local governments need to act NOW. While negotiating changes with unions will be necessary over the long term there is something that each local government could do today to begin controlling its long term costs.
They could take this pledge:
"Given the economic pressure which we face and our inability to quickly change our agreements with our employee unions, we therefore pledge to hire no new or replacement employees after 31 December 2010 until we have been able to negotiate new, more affordable retirement programs for the positions involved."