Letter: City employees should volunteer pay cuts
The expression "Biting the hand that feeds you" comes to mind in today's world when our governments are looking to the taxpayers to keep afloat.
Why should taxpayers allow more taxes when our city, state and federal elected officials are not doing one thing to curtail the public employee system give-away program.
It is time for taxpayers to speak out against taxation on residents and businesses. No more taxes until the outrageous salaries and retirement and health care benefits of public employees are dealt with fairly and comprehensively. Officials who have taken support and money from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other public employee labor unions to get elected need to regroup and get back to the notion that they represent the people — the taxpayers — not these unions. To consolidate, cut the fat, and get in step with the private sector should be their goals.
The SEIU and associated public employee unions ought to stop biting the hands that feed them and start voluntarily making concessions. The out-of-balance employee expense line items in our government budgets are coming home to roost and if these union leaders continue to ask for more and refuse to cut back, their members will end up with nothing. Cities will file bankruptcy and there will be no jobs along with unfunded retirement and health care benefits.
Elected officials and union leadership need to give the taxpayers a reasonable and sustainable plan before we are willing to throw more money into the pot.
Hermosa Way, Menlo Park