Boy testifies to Assembly how budget cuts will impact his life
A blind 13-year-old boy today told an Assembly panel that without state funding he may not be able to attend the local school where he is thriving, but instead would have to go to a special school that could cost more.
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#1 Feb 24, 2010
As a Firefighter from NJ, I agree with the taxpayers on the issue of wasteful and inefficient government. The IAFF is probably the sorriest excuse for a union that this country has ever seen. The creation of the IAFF originally had good intensions. But, recently its name has been tainted with greed which has tarnished the fire service's image as a whole. Their sole purpose is to delve further into tax payers’ pockets and to protect their own members whose actions/behavior would get any other citizen in the working world fired. They use their “hero-like” stature to back politicians into a corner and bully them into giving their members what they want – no matter how ridiculous some of the requests may be. Let me give a perfect example of this. Let’s take a small town in Southern New Jersey named Voorhees.
Voorhees NJ is an 11 square mile town that hovers around 30,000 residents. The Voorhees Fire District is a combination department that has both paid firefighters and volunteers. The department is composed of 2 stations and close to 25 paid firefighter /EMTs and 39 volunteer firefighters. Both sects are fully trained/certified by the state of NJ. The “professional firefighters”(as they so passionately call themselves) work Monday –Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM. They have off on weekends, holidays, and only work 4 days a week. Their contract that was negotiated by the IAFF allows them almost 2 weeks in sick time and upwards of 3 weeks in vacation. The top out salary for a paid firefighter is almost 85K a year (currently – with a new contract in the works that would put them over 90K) with full medical benefits. Captains and Chiefs make well over 100K per year.
While Voorhees runs close to 1300 Fire calls per year, the majority of them are nuisance calls (i.e alarm systems + other incidentals). Additionally, the statistics show the majority of the calls happen at night and on weekends when the career personnel are not on duty. But it’s this lack of activity is where the true travesty steps in. On any given day, you could walk into the recreation room or bunk room and find numerous firefighters lounging around watching TV or sleeping in a bed at 3-4pm in the afternoon.
IAFF says they are “underpaid for what they do” and are negotiating for higher salaries, more sick time, and more vacation time. Personally, I know people with full college degrees and doctorates that work 6 days a week and do not make even close to that amount. But yet the union wants to rob the tax payers even more and make sure all of these FFers make over 6 figures a year. More money for what …………?…sleeping?
To further pour salt on an open wound - they had one of their firefighters even commit a felony and threaten bodily harm to some of his coworkers and was defended by the IAFF. He was allowed to return to his job and carry on like nothing happened. If only the taxpayers could see their tax dollars at work. All of this is prime example of the IAFF’s ethos. They are truly doing a disservice to those who serve their community.
#3 Jun 23, 2010
well said think im going to become a ffers an take the rest of my life off hahaha
#4 Jun 30, 2010
Looks like no one has anything to say about that blind kid. I guess people are blind to the less fortunate and are only concerned about themselves. I think we should do away with all state pensions. they should invest their own money into 401k's instead of having us chip in to their pension. Many cases these people collect multiple pension.
To the blind kid, just be lucky that there are schools providing services somewhere. Privatization of schools would better benefit those with special needs via vouchers.
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