Michael Burkhardt writes:
“I would appreciate it if you would stop throwing city employee’s under the bus! These people, including me, worked for these benefits. Mike, let me tell you something: when most of took these jobs no body wanted them. They were low-paying jobs, but they had good benefits. The private sector paid much more, but myself and many other of the city employees, it was not the money or the benefits but was our dedication to the citizens of Stockton.
“I did many 16-hour days keeping the city equipment running, not to be self-serving but, letting you know what we did. What about the guys and gals out at MUD, or the tree crew coming out at all hours of the day and night to serve the citizens of Stockton? The only reason I left city employment was to save my lifetime medical. If not for that I would of stayed to serve the citizens of Stockton. The articles you wrote about the city employees were very destructive to the morale … next time write articles from both sides not just one!
Point taken. The salient of Stockton’s public employee unions has been their excessive influence at the bargaining table. That’s an inevitable perspective, given Stockton’s slide into insolvency. But Burkhardt is right. Not all unions rode the gravy train, and many public employees did an honest day’s work for their pay, or even worked their tails off, and did so with love for the city.
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