Last night the Burnsville City Council met to discuss a lengthy agenda which included several items of high importance which really probably should have been placed on the Regular Agenda instead of the Consent Agenda but one really stuck out: “Consider Resolution Adopting 2011 Pay Plan and Benefits for Non-Union Employees”
From the background information available on item 4. D. (p. 12):
Wages: Due to budget challenges and the difficult economic times the past two years the City eliminated the mid-year increase for non-union employees in 2009 and provided no pay increase in 2010. Non-Union employees were also impacted most directly by staffing reductions in 2009. The proposed increase would help maintain equity between union and non-union employees.
The motion was approved uncontested but Charlie did mention that while he was voting for it this year because non-union staff had not received a raise in about 1.5 years, unless the current economic situation improves they should not count on him voting for another increase in the next year.
Plenty within the community, living in Burnsville or not, may have an opinion on public workers receiving a pay increase when most of the public have taken pay cuts or outright lost their jobs. Do you believe that a 2% increase was the right thing for the Burnsville City Council to approve following the tax increase they approved two weeks ago which proved they are unable to properly control spending within the city? Whatever you think about the Burnsville City Council’s decision to provide pay raises to staff in a time when most in the private sector are either out of work or haven’t received a pay increase in years or anything else that occurred at the meeting which concerns you (like Dan Kealey’s failure to recuse himself during a discussion a Rixmann property decision), go ahead and share whatever it is you have on your mind.