Mayoral Negotiating Skills

13Mar09

Step 1. Do NOT do this:

From: Jim Miron [JMiron@townofstratford.com]
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 11:24 AM
To: POIRIER MARIANNE; All
Cc: mchc5@juno.com; ‘David Kennedy’; dlocon197@att.net; ‘Janice Andersen’;
jcollier83@aol.com; jodime2@aol.com; robertdcody@aol.com;
barks@optonline.net; ‘John Buturla (E-mail)’; ‘John Norko (E-mail)’; ‘Lisa
Pippa (E-mail)’; ‘Maurice McCarthy Jr. (E-mail)’; ‘Ned Winterbottom’; ‘Susan
Pawluk (E-mail)’; ‘Suzanne Ryan McCauley’
Subject: RE: 2009 / 2010 Budget update

Dear Superintendent Cornish,

Dear Irene,

On March 10, 2009 your e-mailed me, in response to an e-mail from me,
following one of our in person meetings:

“Thanks, Jim. I certainly understand the constraints you operate under. I
also understand you have to take the complete picture Town and Board into
account. I am available tomorrow up until 3:30 p.m. I would like to talk
further if that’s ok about approaches and strategies as we present the
budget. I would really like us to present a united approach. I think the
townspeople would find that refreshing and responsible. We shouldn’t add to
everyone’s stress level with a lot of useless bickering. I think people want
a more collaborative, mature approach to leadership during these times.
Please let me know what time is convenient for you on Wed. Maybe lunch? I
think I promised you lunch a couple years ago. Please know that I truly
appreciate your willingness to meet with me and hear about the needs of the
school system even though money is very tight. Irene”

I cannot overstate how happy I was to receive that e-mail from you as I
could not have agreed more with what you wrote, and I told you so. As you
know, we met subsequent to that e-mail and, based on the e-mail below that I
am responding to, you have apparently decided to ignore your own words of
March 10th. How disappointing.

Sharing our private conversation is simply unethical, or at least grossly
self serving and sleazy, particularly since you have only shared portions of
our private conversation. I now know that if we are ever to speak privately
again (and you have damaged the trust I have in you so as to make that
extremely difficult) we will have to have “ground rules” as to what is “on”
or “off the record”.

Perhaps what is most disappointing and surprising is that I now know that
your March 10th e-mail was meaningless and that you will stop at nothing,
including distorting the tone and complete facts of our conversation, to
achieve whatever agenda you have. Here, it is obvious that you seek division
and for that I am truly surprised and immensely shocked and disappointed. As
the Superintendent of Schools and the highest paid employee in the Town of
Stratford I would expect much, much more from you.

How could you think that sharing selected portions, out of context, of our
private conversation accomplished the goals of unification and
non-divisiveness?

Did you think I would not respond to your misleading e-mail with the
complete facts of that conversation?

Well, for the record, please allow me to respond:

You have conveniently left out the portion of the conversation, the majority
of the conversation in fact, where I speak mostly about the pressures and
constraints on the municipal side of the budget.

You have conveniently left out the portion of the conversation where l share
with you the rationale on how we got to where we got, which is very
important to the discussion.

You have conveniently left out the portion of the conversation where leave
out the part where I state that a zero increase is a true sacrifice for any
employee to take but that these tough times requires shared sacrifices.

You have conveniently left out the portion of the conversation where l share
with you how painful this budgeting process is since it requires difficult
choices that will affect everyone and that everyone will have to share in
them.

You have conveniently left out the portion of the conversation where I
praise the teachers for past concessions.

You have conveniently left out the portion of the conversation where l
acknowledge how important our school system is to the Town.

You have conveniently left out the portion of the conversation where you
defiantly state you will take your raise because you earned it and you have
a contract and (since I do not selectively edit) how you will donate it to
schools of your choice.

You have conveniently left out the portion of the conversation where you
shared your displeasure (disgust?) with “the 3” that voted against the BOE
budget and how their amendment was, to paraphrase, wrong.

You have conveniently left out the portion of the conversation where
……….

You know, I can go on and on, but I think I made my point.

Irene, wake up. The world has changed. The sub prime mortgage crisis is
real. The decline of the real estate market is real. Rising unemployment is
real. The collapse of the financial markets is real. Home foreclosures are
up and they are affecting real people in a real horrible way. Federal, state
and municipal revenue is down, which is a fact that matters greatly in
deciding next years budget.

A zero tax increase budget is not some wish list. Nor is it an election year
ploy. Rather, it is absolutely a requirement under these tough economic
times. The taxpayers of this Town have asked for from their Chief Elected
Official AND THEY WILL RECEIVE a tax break in the form of no increase in
taxes in this dramatically changed economy that is affecting us all (or at
least most of us).

HERE IS AN IMPORTANT FACT YOUR E-MAIL NEGLIGENTLY OR WILLFULLY LEFT OUT. IT
IS IMPORTANT CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND TO SOME OF WHAT I SAID TO YOU:

I do not want to see one Town or Board employee let go due to the economy.
My administration has figured out a way to preserve every job and continue
the high level of services we deliver to the people who pay our
salaries,health benefits and retirement/pensions (THE TAXPAYERS). In order
to accomplish my goal of a ZERO tax increase we will need ALL Town and Board
employees partner with us AND sacrifice a cost of living raise this next
fiscal year. IN MY OPINION, any body who does not do this and is okay with
the less senior members of their bargaining unit losing their jobs and is
okay with negatively impacting services is indeed selfish.

Irene, I hope that my reply is sent to everyone who gets your e-mail. Your
e-mail was reckless and divisive. My response deserves to be read by those
you are distributing your e-mail to.

I am calling on you and everyone who reads my e-mail here to demonstrate
leadership and unity.

Now is not the time to divide. Rather we must work together for the
collective good of all of Stratford.

I remain ready, willing and able to work with everyone to accomplish that
goal.

To everyone reading this e-mail – please join me.

Sincerely,

James R. Miron, Mayor
Town of Stratford
2725 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
Telephone: (203) 385-4001
Facsimile: (203) 385-4108
E-Mail: mayor@townofstratford.com
Web: http://www.townofstratford.com

Step 2. Do NOT send a copy to the entire BOE. Custodians, aids, secretaries, department heads, teachers and anyone who has a BOE email account

Step 3. Do NOT call the person responsible for formulating the BOE budget “grossly self serving” and “sleazy”.

Step 4. Burn your bridge after you cross it, not before.

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32 Responses to “Mayoral Negotiating Skills”

  1. 1 mikereynolds

    Wow…

    You are aware that you posted both of the Mayor’s email addresses.

    I wonder how full his inbox is going to get.

  2. 2 nomoreyears

    Well played Irene! You played miron like a fiddle. He comes off looking reactionary and illiterate. Typos galore too. Loved the name calling. “Sleazy”?

    The fat lady is singing mr. mayor.

  3. 3 nomoreyears

    Rumor has it that mr. mayor wants to be BOE chairman if he’s re-elected. Imagine, james r. miron, mayor and chairman of the BOE? The above email says it all.

  4. 4 nnanerak

    We know Miron is reactionary. It’s called a knee-JERK reaction–emphasis on the JERK as usual.
    Of course he doesn’t WANT to lay off anyone, as he has already spent 3 years hacking away at the only people that knew what they were doing. The only ones left are the ones he has bought and paid for in political favors–can’t “can” them he needs the favors in Nov. again…..
    I’m thinking that the mayor needs to show some “physical” restraint within his own budget line. How about putting the “washington” cash back in the mayor’s fund for starters. then how about elinimating the no show jobs–yes it is plural-in your office-and NOT put them on perdiem express to boost em a raise. that would be a nice start. right there is almost enough money to fund 1 year of veterans tax cuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joe Mc Neil is right–the mayor has to lead by example–and he has proven that he is incapable of that, the is no doubt what so ever….

  5. 5 1george1

    Anyone sent these to the press?

    How does this play to the uneducated Town Resident,
    who only knows Taxes are too high, the economy is
    uncertain, and has no idea about the nuances or truth?

    In reading this, Irene hit Jim big time.

    However, Miron makes it appear that he cares about the
    people and may be a reactionary pretext to the Richetelli
    TAX CUTS, which Mike Reynolds or Sudds posted?

    So I suggest we re-read the above, NOT as MIRON HATERS,
    but as people who NO NOTHING about ANYBODY, except
    they want LOWER TAXES.

    Hmmmm.

    Haven’t I been BLOGGING that as my Central issue for what ??
    2 years ??

    I still love the reason the Playwrite endorsed me:
    EVERYBODY IN TOWN HALL HATES GEORGE MULLIGAN!

  6. 6 justanotherreader

    Sounds like somebody forgot to take his meds. This is classic Jimmy, unprofessional and immature. Can someone post Irene’s email that triggered this little temper tantrum?

  7. 7 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “You are aware that you posted both of the Mayor’s email addresses.”

    I just post ’em how I get them. That’s the way he sent it.

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Just,

    “Can someone post Irene’s email that triggered this little temper tantrum?”

    You can tell that Dr. Cornish sent it. No typos, correct grammar, no misspellings and no name calling.

    From: POIRIER MARIANNE
    Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 10:23 AM
    To: All
    Cc: Helen Craye (mchc5@juno.com); James Miron (JMiron@townofstratford.com); David Kennedy; David LoConte (dlocon197@att.net); Janice Andersen; Jean Collier (jcollier83@aol.com); Joseph Dimenno (jodime2@aol.com); Robert Cody (robertdcody@aol.com); Susan Barksdale (barks@optonline.net)
    Subject: 2009 / 2010 Budget update

    Dear Colleagues,

    I learned today (March 11, 2009) from Rich Weizel, CT Post reporter, and later in the afternoon from Mayor Miron that he (the Mayor) has reduced the proposed Board of Education budget from the 2.65% requested to an increase of 1.13% or $985,940. This is better than the zero percent increase he had promised in November, but still not enough to allow us to maintain the status quo and meet our contractual obligations. At this point we are short $1,328,247 from the Board’s request.

    The Mayor was very firm in his statement to me that he expects all unions to take a salary freeze. He said that all Town/Board employees should be grateful they have jobs and they wouldn’t have those jobs if it were not for the Stratford taxpayers. He went on to say that the taxpayers are struggling and they need relief. He stated the unions can be part of the solution instead of a major reason for the problem. He ended by saying he considers anyone who does not take a pay freeze during this economic crisis to be selfish and greedy. He vowed to veto any budget from the Town Council which represents a tax increase for Stratford residents. I encourage you to read the Mayor’s introductory budget letter to the Town Council once his budget is posted on the Town website.

    I remind you of the Board of Education budget presentation to the Town Council Liaison Committee scheduled for March 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Center School. I hope you will be able to attend.

    Some of you have spoken to me recently about your fears that you will not have a job next year; or that you are the sole support of your family now that your spouse has lost his/her job; or that you are a single parent struggling to make ends meet, too. Please know that I will continue to advocate for the 2.65% increase the Board requested and that I very much value the contributions and sacrifices you continue to make every day and have made in the past.

    For those who are fearful, try to quell those fears and focus on the children we educate and the families we serve. Remember our children are feeling the stress, too. What really matters is how we treat one another as we move through this difficult period. If we treat one another with respect, compassion, and understanding rather than callous disregard, I am confident we will emerge a stronger and even better school community.

    Irene Cornish

    Cc: Board of Education

    H. Craye, PTA Council

    Mayor Miron

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Editor’s Note:

    Just a couple of facts which seem to be in short supply between now and June 1.

    1. The Budget is due (by State Statute) on May 31, 2009.
    2. It must be a balanced budget. That means revenues equal expenses. Nothing else.
    3. A mayor’s signature is not required (Mayor Moron did not sign his first budget either).
    4. A vote of 6-4 by the Town Council is required to pass the budget.
    5. A vote of 7-3 is required for the Town Council to override a mayoral veto.
    6. The last three budgets have passed by 10-0.

    Although you will hear PLENTY of election year bluster, remember that a mayor does not pass a budget. He merely signs it…..or not.

  10. 10 1george1

    Part of last year’s HSA program was $ 2 million given to the union
    participants for $ 2,200 Family and $ 1,200 individual Health Savings
    Account.

    It is unheard of for this to be done in the private sector.
    Normally there is about a $ 5,000 deductable,
    The Tax Payer can set aside $ 5,000 for an IRS Tax Deduction,
    and thus have enough money for the deductable.

    I believe it is the plan all along for the Board of Ed and Union to
    magically come up with a heroic sacrifice of something that was
    GIVEN AWAY, to SELFISH, SPOILED PEOPLE, who do not care about
    people making far less than they do and have no Benefits.

    Stuff going on in Stratford would be ENVIED by the UAW or by the
    KGB Communist Party for the extras given to the Party Faithful.

    There is a difference between good pay, benefits, and pensions,
    and what has been going on in the Public Sector.

    Unfortunately, I believe EVERYONE will be double crossed and 2010
    will make the last 3 years and the last 8 years look like a picnic.

    The Private Sector is supposed to Constructively make things and
    provide goods and services.

    The Public Sector does NOT make Constructive goods or services,
    but is supported to be an infrastructure to protect, serve, and to
    be a fair arbitor and resort / alternative to Private Sector issues.

    However, political people have distorted everything and all of a sudden
    I expect there will be huge problems, where the PENSION / BENEFIT /
    COMPENSATION ISSUE are sitting there like a TIME BOMB.

    I have been reading, seeing, and hearing more and more about expected
    social unrest and rebellion, which I am against violence as not productive.

    However, with the trend, I forsee SUICIDES and FRAGGING of Public
    Officials, where Police, Military, and Mercenaries may be used vs.
    American people.

    I foresee Pensions being repudiated.

    I foresee massive losses of homes.

    I foresee huge changes in basic employment and compensation, to cause
    the changes the power that are want to see changed.

    Those people created UNLAWFUL WARS, OVER RAN the COUNTRY with
    COCAINE, and destroyed the FABRIC of American families and societies.

    And the Police / Politicians / Public sector actually believe that they too
    will NOT be double crossed?

    Just look at the way certain people have money thrown at them and others,
    hired just a few years later, will get a fraction of what the others have in
    a guarenteed Defined Benefit Plan, while the last ones have 401s which are
    invested in Markets with NEGATIVE RETURNS.

    Who does NOT believe there will be PEOPLE who will go after the DEFINED
    BENEFIT PLAN?
    Who believes people yet to retire in the DBP will see anything like the
    GRAND THEFT PERPETRATED, by FRIENDS of ……?
    Who believes there was NOT FRAUD and / or CONSPIRACY in renegotiations,
    for the purpose of creating people to get the power, to be able to turn
    around and repudiate things, to make themselves look good to the Public?

    In the Irene Cornish e-mail, she looks good to the Public Sector employees.
    However the Tax Payers will look at Jim Miron’s comments differently.
    ALL PLANNED!
    ALL on a TIME TABLE!

    At least I tell you the truth, and I have a more equitable program for the
    people in the union, regardless of when they retire to get far better than
    social Security, though no wheres near the ABSURD and UNVIABLE BRIBES.

  11. 11 1george1

    One more point:

    I vastly prefer Irene and Ben to Jim/Dick/John/Joe et most.

    However, the BoE is also a political animal, with abuses that I
    believe were less than the prior Superintendent.

    Most of the Mayor’s statements at the top of this post wer eobvious
    political postuting. However, they are also pretty correct reality
    of what is going on in the private sector.
    I dislike giving Miron credit, but if I do not give praise when it is due,
    then I cease being credible, at least in my own self image.
    > I do continue to try to point out the Mayor contributions in causing
    the very problems in which he claims to want to solve.
    > Further I try to point out those ways and places they were caused
    with putrid priorities.
    > I make some suggestions on improving poop priorities.

  12. 12 jezebel282

    George,

    “Part of last year’s HSA program was $ 2 million given to the union participants for $ 2,200 Family and $ 1,200 individual Health Savings Account.
    It is unheard of for this to be done in the private sector. Normally there is about a $ 5,000 deductable, The Tax Payer can set aside $ 5,000 for an IRS Tax Deduction, and thus have enough money for the deductable.”

    Didn’t we do this last year? I am sure we had the same discussion. It is not unheard of either. When you work for an extremely large corporation, many times they chose to be self-insured rather than pay outrageous premiums to insurance companies.
    You left out the same points as last year too. The first point being that this plan, even with the paid deductible, is STILL less expensive than the previous plan to taxpayers. The second point is that this is not free money given to covered employees. It is to be used to cover medical expenses until the deductible is exhausted. BOE employees still have the same amount of copay deducted from their paychecks.

    You must remember that this “group” has well over 1,000 covered members. That is a lot of negotiating power. The wise thing to do would be to cover all town employees in this plan. Unfortunately, there is no trust of the mayor or the council (controlled by the RTC & DTC) to administer this plan fairly. So only the BOE participates.

    The last point is that until there is universal health care available in this country, we are all subject to “group” size restrictions and the profitability of the companies that we work for. Receiving benefits through employers is simply a ridiculous legacy policy left over from the 50’s when health care expenses were $20/month and doctors made house calls. The government requires companies to provide health care insurance to employees because the government does not want to deal with it. Yet.

  13. 13 mikereynolds

    My coworkers in Toronto and Montreal aren’t too thrilled with Canada’s universal health care. They say we have it better here.

  14. 14 jezebel282

    Mike,

    LOL!

    They should try Walmart’s health plan: Medicaid.

  15. 15 sudds

    Sorry Jez… but I’d much rather have things like they are now than have Universal coverage!!!

    I agree that there are a HUGE number of people who abuse the current system… and also HUGE numbers that are not coveraged as much as they should be…

    but my service has been (knock on wood) top notch thus far in my life… so why should I want an ENORMOUS down-grade in service so a crack-wh0re in Bridgeport can get the same service that she is getting now???

  16. 16 1george1

    Jeze,
    Your post reminded me of one of my posts – a little confusing. 🙂

    With over 2,000 people getting coverage (part or full) with BoE between
    Workers and Retirees, AND with 600 Town Retirees + 450 – 550 Workers,
    there are about 3,200 people to use to negotiate with Health Care Co.

    Until the report was given to the Town Council Monday night, I could NOT
    (ETHICALLY) cite what I learned in the FAC.

    Town / Education HEALTH INSURANCE COST $ 18,000 a person
    Worker and Retiree.

    Because of 3,200 person BUYING POWER and resources such as SELF
    INSURANCE and all kinds of Government programs, I believe Stratford
    personnel could get very good quality Health Care for $ 8,000 a person.

    I am NOT looking to make anyone PAY through the nose, nor put huge
    holes in coverage, nor expose anyone’s homes and valuable life savings.
    I simply believe that in this competitive environment, coupled with all of
    the Government programs for Seniors, and supplemental programs, and
    BUYING Power, just of Town/BoE and perahps with State …..

    The difference between $ 16,000 per and $ 9,000 per x 3,200 people
    (some BoE lack full coverage) is about 4 Mils or $ 19,000,000.

    The PENSION COST between BOND and SHORTFALL is 3.3 Mils.

    Go after Annuities, kited fees, BID waste, etc = 1 Mil +

    If AVCO was transitioned in 1992 = 1 Mil

    Other Economic development – wasted 2 Mils

    > Would you rather pay 18.5 Mils or 30.5 Mils?
    > Which is more likely to increase Business coming to Stratford?
    > If more significantly Businesses had increased the Tax Base,could
    our Mil Rate been around 17?

    > Oh – ECS = $ 56 Million unpaid of our $ 160 million Town Debt
    > Feds pay 14 % for Special ed on No child left behind.
    Legal Mandate = 40 %
    > If BoE Special Ed Salary and everything is $ 10 million a year for last
    10 years ($ 100 Million) then Stratford and other Municipalities are owed
    $ 26 Million by BUSH & Big OIL who took that money from Handicapped kids.
    It might be double that amout?
    > Unfunded Manates like ECS, SPECIAL ED, DOT, SUPERFUND, ECON DEV, etc
    may be equal to the Town Debt, which cost 2 to 3 Mils per year.

    Hey Republicans – If your party was on the ball and competent, and NOT
    as DISHONEST as the DEMONcrats, wouldn’t you like a 14 to 15 Mil – Mil rate?
    Instead of 30.5?

  17. 17 jezebel282

    George,

    $1,500/month (or $18,000/year as you put it) is about right for a family of 3 health insurance in the private sector nowadays. That is with a couple of copays (Dr visits, drugs, etc.).

    $8000/year or $660/month is minimum coverage if you are single and in your 20’s.

    Ask any hr person in any company and they will tell you that healthcare insurance is the biggest non- productive burden on any company.

    Universal healthcare is the only solution.

    Sudds:

    Since it is St. Patrick’s Day….paag my hoyn.

  18. 18 sudds

    Now Jez…

    I thought you Socialist-transvestite types were supposed to be a peace loving people!!!

  19. 19 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    It’s an old Gaelic sentiment. Definitely not the language of Socialist transvestites. Who else would care about crack whores in Bridgeport. Certainly not you, my self interested friend.

    If something should happen to the crack whores in Bridgeport, where would politicians like Miron find companionship? Would you want someone like Miron dating your daughter?

  20. 20 sudds

    “my self interested friend”

    Hello pot… this is the kettle!!!

  21. 21 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “Hello pot… this is the kettle!!!”

    Really? And what, pray tell, have you ever seen written by me that selfishly promotes something for me? Healthcare for everyone? Equal protection of the laws? The first amendment? Transparency in government? Ethics?

  22. 22 1george1

    I am surprized no one picked up on the potential double entendre:

    Bridgeport was able to get 18 fire fighters onto the island on boats.
    But, they were only armed with shovels and “hoes.”

    =

    Then Jeze & Sudds got into it:

    Who else would care about crack “whores” in Bridgeport.
    Would you want someone like Miron dating your daughter?

    Maybe the fires were a result of some partyin goin on?

    I am goin ta faint. Jeze usin terms I use, where normal scope
    was limited to police this or fired supervisor that ….

    Healthcare for everyone?
    Equal protection of the laws?
    The first amendment?
    Transparency in government?
    Ethics?

    FOS would be going BONKERS….

    QUICK: How do you turn BUSH / CHENEY / RUSH into a LIBERAL?

    Put then on GITMO with NO RIGHTS to an ATTORNEY or other RIGHTS.

    FORCING a CHANGE in DIALOG:

    JEZE:
    $1,500/month (or $18,000/year as you put it) is about right for a
    family of 3 health insurance in the private sector nowadays.
    That is with a couple of copays (Dr visits, drugs, etc.).

    $8000/year or $660/month is minimum coverage if you are single
    and in your 20’s.

    Ask any hr person in any company and they will tell you that health
    care insurance is the biggest non- productive burden on any company.

    = The above is what Russ Hayden, who did 90 % of the FAC Healthcare
    Work has for his company – about $ 12,000 a year, per.
    Stratford has $ 16,000 to $ 18,000 a year, per.

    His company has 65.
    Between the BoE & Town, with retirees and workers there are 3,200
    or so potential insured.

    Seems to me the Town and BoE, should be NO MORE than $ 12,000.

    Yet with their BUYING POWER, RESOURCES, ability to SELF INSURE,
    access to Government assistance to MEDICAID, finding supplemental
    payment programs, rather than ful bore …..

    It is beyond the scope of imaginate that 3,200 Town & BoE workers
    and retires could have GOOD BASIC Health Care, for $ 8,000 per,
    with Town self insurance ability adding $ 1,000 per, to cover most of
    the special cases.

    Jeze, The HSA Insurance Company presented themselves to the FAC
    as being recommended by “NORM.”

    Hypothically – subtract:
    * NORM’S finder’s fee
    * BURTURLA’S finder’s fee
    * POLITICAL PARTIES contributions
    * INSURANCE COST of fancy add-ons that are rarely used by most people

    Anyone out there believe, Stratford Tax Payer is probably paying
    double what a STRONG BASIC HEALTH CARE COVERAGE should cost,
    including APPROPRIATE SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPLEMENTS for union nego…?

    Isn’t HARTFORD our STATE CAPITAL?

    Isn’t HARTFORD the INSURANCE CAPITAL of the WORLD?

    Suggested Reading:

    “The Power Broker: John Moran Bailey” by Joseph Lieberman

    “So Damn Much Money” by Robert Kaiser (washington post)
    (The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of the American Government)

  23. 23 1george1

    Correction Russ Hayden’s company pays $ 12,000 a year, with his employees oicking up 30 % of the Premium or $ 3,600 = leaving $ 8,400 company cost.

    Stratford $18,000 a year has 12 % Premium or subtract $ 2,160 = $ 15,800
    Town / Education Cost.

    Blogs & Websites of the Probusiness / anti-municipal union:

    http://www.pensiontsunami.com

    http://www.americanteaparty.com

    http://www.lincolninstitute.com

    http://www.americanenterprizeinstiture.com
    might be google AEI
    as in O U nothing (Owe You Nothing)
    That is the 915 Abbreviation of Federal Court House
    @ 915 Lafayette Boulevard, Bpt.
    9 = I
    1 = A
    5 = E

    no “0” – no “U”

    Editor’s note: The spam filter caught this due to the numerous links.

  24. 24 jezebel282

    George,

    “I am goin ta faint. Jeze usin terms I use, where normal scope was limited to police this or fired supervisor that ….”

    I have many positions which are probably similar to yours. However, as I have reminded you a few thousand times, this is a blog about Stratford politics.

    “Work has for his company – about $ 12,000 a year, per.
    Stratford has $ 16,000 to $ 18,000 a year, per.
    His company has 65.”

    And your point is that he hires mostly young, single workers?

    “Seems to me the Town and BoE, should be NO MORE than $ 12,000.”

    Have you included the copay each employee pays as well?

    “It is beyond the scope of imaginate that 3,200 Town & BoE workers and retires could have GOOD BASIC Health Care, for $ 8,000 per, with Town self insurance ability adding $ 1,000 per, to cover most of the special cases.”

    George, most of this is covered by collective bargaining agreements. The non-union employees piggy back on that.

    “Jeze, The HSA Insurance Company presented themselves to the FAC as being recommended by “NORM.””

    Perhaps. However the story I get is that the negotiation between the BOE and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield went on for over a year mostly due to a scheduled huge increase in the previous plan. Sounds fiscally OK to me.

    Yet again, the largest single non-productive expense for any company or government is healthcare. Walmart overcomes this by hiring part time employees who get zero coverage and a pamphlet directing them to the local Medicaid office.

    We pay the most per capita for healthcare of any industrialized nation yet we are ranked 28th in overall health. Something is wrong with that picture and it will not be solved on this blog.

  25. 25 jezebel282

    “You have conveniently left out the portion of the conversation where I state that a zero increase is a true sacrifice for any employee to take but that these tough times requires shared sacrifices.”
    -James R. Miron to Irene Cornish, March 13th 2009

    Maybe Irene was reading Mayor Moron’s proposed Budget and she was confused by the CAO’s, Finance Director’s, HR Director’s, PW Director’s and Police Chief’s raise.

    She might have even been concerned about a grant writer that draws $67K in salary but only managed to bring in $100K in Federal aide.

  26. 26 1george1

    MASSIVE and INCORRECT ASSUPTION by JEZE, who seems to believe
    US Companies pay $ 18,000 a year for Health Care for family of 3,
    which most Industrial companies I market, barely pay $ 12 – $ 16 hour.:

    And your point is that he hires mostly young, single workers?

    “Seems to me the Town and BoE, should be NO MORE than $ 12,000.”

    ================================================================
    (Jeze appears disconnected to PRIVATE SECTOR pay/benefit world)
    ================================================================

    Jeze: Have you included the copay each employee pays as well?

    GM: As noted by Russ Hayden in his HEALTH CARE REPORT.
    As noted in my blog post above.

    His company pays $ 12,000 annually for Health Care.
    He and employees, pay 30 % premium.
    I forgot the copay, but it is much higher than Town / BoE

    TOWN / BoE pays $ 16,000-$ 18,000 annually for Health Care.
    Employees, pay 12 % premium.
    I forgot the Town / BoE copay, but it is much lower than RUSS’S company.

    =============================================================

    I believe over 45 % of Americans do NOT have Health Care.

    I believe Union membership is down to about 12 % Nationally of
    all workers. Most of those are in Transportation and Government.

    I do not like being manipulated into a choice like NATIONAL
    HEALTHCARE.
    That appears to be one OBJECTIVE of DEMONcrats.

    =============================================================

    In post # 25, it appears that JEZE is making note of those people that
    my Stratford Star detractor, “Adam Brill,” was claiming that Mayor Miron
    uses MERITOCRACY and everyone else is envious or MAD from
    “being kicked off the BUS.”

    In defense of a Grant writer, Grants and Sales sometimes have cyclical
    time lines and deadlines, where Grants must be submitted in advance,
    and some take time to process.
    Town Budget Process is starting & ends May 31
    State Budget Process must be complete the month after Municipals and
    ends June 30
    Congressional Budget Process, takes affect after State & Municipals.
    It takes a while for certain Grants to be issued

    CONVERSELY –
    There were other grants writen and in the pipeline.
    Not a very good ROI of $ 100,000 for $ 67,000 SALARY and 40 % BENEFITS
    ($ 27,000 = approx) = $ 104,000

  27. 27 jonbest

    LET’S WORK TOGETHER

    The election of the next Mayor of Stratford is fast approaching.

    My name is Jonathan Best, I have decided to run for Mayor. I am a person who has a belief in the greatness of our town. I am totally focused on the future, and I will bring to work every day the belief that today will be better than yesterday, Twenty four hours a day seven days a week I will be there for the residents of the Town of Stratford.

    The Mayor must be someone who can lead our town and has the ability to manage the bureaucracy that is town government. The Mayor must be experienced and well versed in municipal government operations. The Mayor have an understanding of running the business of government. The Mayor must be able to face adversity without becoming overly emotional or vindictive. Most importantly the Mayor must have life experience. The type of experience that promotes values people can respect. These values are

    Respect – Understanding the point of view of others and respecting their ability to either agree or disagree

    Teamwork – Working together towards common goals. Believing our mutual success is dependent on one another.

    Integrity- Maintaining high ethical standards and creating a code of conduct. Insuring that people act in the interest of the Town and not for personal gain.

    Accountability – Assuming responsibility and acceptance of both the accolades and the disappointments.

    Compassion – Caring about the people of our Town. Recognizing that everyone makes contributions to the process. Everyone is important.

    I choose to be involved because I do believe we can do better. I believe that Stratford, and the people who live here. I believe in the values listed above. We have much going for us. Our strength lies in the diversity of our citizenry.

    Stratford has a choice this year to work together on a future that is bright and full of possibilities. I want to lead that process.

    I need your help to win this election. Contact me and lets talk about what you can do. In November of 2009 the choice is yours.

    http://www.bestforstratford.com

    JONATHAN BEST

  28. 28 jezebel282

    Mr. Best,

    This is a warning.

    You have already posted this. It is your homepage, in fact. Unless you have something to specifically say or contribute to the discussion, and Lord knows there is plenty, I will begin editing your posts for redundancy.

  29. 29 mikereynolds

    Our mayor is at tonight’s Soundtigers game wearing his Teamsters jacket. Think he’s trying to mend fences?

  30. 30 jezebel282

    I hope somewhere there is a Teamster tonight that rips that jacket off of him.

  31. 31 mikereynolds

    Well, I’ll give him this:

    Everytime he shows up its a great game and Bridgeport wins.

  32. 32 1george1

    I have not checked recently, but:

    Does Berchem still list on his Website as clients?
    Bridgeport – litigant on Airport
    Stratford – potential Airport buyer / potential defendant

    Does former Town Manager Feeney still work for Bridgeport.
    He might know some things about the Airport SHAEKSPEARE, AVCO,
    and the I – 95 / Ground Water / Flooding issues.
    Actually a pretty good hire by Bridgeport.

    Mike good observation about Bridgeport wins.

    However, when Bridgeport wins, what is the effect on Stratford
    and on Berchem, and I am not writing about Hockey?


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