“Department of Water and Power workers are paid bonuses for being part of car pools, riding a bicycle to work and for operating the heavy-duty equipment for which they were hired …”
—The L.A. Daily News. Paid a bonus for operating the heavy equipment you were hired to run. That one’s a lulu.
There’s more. Writes a reader:
“This month, you can expect a number of labor union measures to get snuck through the legislature. They do this every year by gutting and amending dead bills at the last minute for items the legislature would prefer not get a full vetting from the public. Here’s one of the beauties that they are trying to shove through to silence the voice of local government.
“Here’s another one they’ve been more upfront about that would cost cities a lot of money.
“While we hear all these cries for pension reform and fiscal sanity, the legislature continues to do whatever the unions tell them to do. Here’s another beauty, AB410. ”
“This one allows a retired firefighter that goes back to work to continue to receive retiree medical from his original employer when he retires again. Since your retirement medical is based on your final employer, you typically wouldn’t want to change jobs late in your career if the new employer offers less in the way of retiree medical…and most cities have really cut back benefits for new retirees.
“Under this bill, a firefighter could un-retire and go to a city with a lesser retiree medical benefit and not be penalized.
“Why would a firefighter un-retire? Probably because he has found a high paying management position that would allow him to spike his PERS. For example, say you retire as a Batallion Chief, making $115,000 per year. Now there is a great opportunity to become the Fire Chief near your retirement home…and it pays $150,000 per year. All you need to do is work one year at the $150,000 and that becomes the new basis for your retirement. You just bumped up your retirement by $30,000 per year ($35,000 increase times 90%).
“ The only downside may be that the new City requires you to work 5 years to get full medical, or it may be a city that doesn’t offer full retiree medical. Now you can have the best of both worlds.
“It hasn’t made it through the legislature yet…but give it time…”
I hope you have time to read the links. If we disengage, public employee unions will transform your government into their welfare state.