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City union pact has raises, pension change | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 115 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 12, 2011, titled City union pact has raises, pension change | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A new union contract between Columbus and about 1,200 professional, technical and supervisory employees will save the city money on pensions and include raises of less than 3 percent each year for the employees.

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the truth

Quitman, AR

#1 Jul 12, 2011
Like good dems hey are spending and counting the chickens ( and makes Ted and the unions happy, union made chicken coops for all ) before they hatch. Just like the man child Marxist in DC. Anyone that votes for these fools is getting what they deserve no job, no food, no home and crime inc.

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Taxpayer

Columbus, OH

#2 Jul 12, 2011
IN 3 YEARS the employee portion goes from 10% to 11% AND there are raises of NEARLY 3% EVERY YEAR for the NEXT 3 YEARS and these are NOT Police or Fireman BUT PUBLIC SERVANTS????

THOSE $$$S should be going to server the NEEDY, HOMELESS and MENTAL patients of the Columbus!!!!

SHAME on the public employees for offering, demanding and accepting such a contract!

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Collins44

Pickerington, OH

#3 Jul 12, 2011
Liberal Democrats and Unions don't serve the tax payers they only serve themselves at tax payer expense.

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same for ohio congress

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 12, 2011
Collins44 wrote:
Liberal Democrats and Unions don't serve the tax payers they only serve themselves at tax payer expense.
Same goes for ohio congress, proven by the removal of the language for pay cut for ohio congress members but it seems that is okay as demonstrated by the people's lack of outrage on this.
Hayduke

Marysville, OH

#5 Jul 12, 2011
Again....Public employees are doing their "share" by ONLY taking raises of 2.75% instead of a whole 3%.....Come on folks, can't you feel their pain!!!
Help them repeal SB 5.....
Congrats

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 12, 2011
Good job, Mayor Coleman and public workers. I'm glad to see that you can collectively bargain for a fair deal. In the private sector, the corporate warlords dole out pay and benefits with an eyedropper and convince their slaves that they're lucky to have a job.

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HAHAHAHAHA

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 12, 2011
the truth wrote:
Like good dems hey are spending and counting the chickens ( and makes Ted and the unions happy, union made chicken coops for all ) before they hatch. Just like the man child Marxist in DC. Anyone that votes for these fools is getting what they deserve no job, no food, no home and crime inc.
Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, TROOF! I see you're up an at 'em this bright, early Tuesday morning! HAHAHAHAHA! Or do you even know it's Tuesday? Or morning? How was the rehab this time? I hear yer into moonshine now, mixing that with your promethazine. WOW! Didn't they tell you that's stronger than Dr. Pepper? Yer better watch out! Hehehehehe! Yer might end up back in the clink, and they'll have to drag you out of yer double wide... Ya better Marx my words! Ahahahaha! Village idiot!
Separate budgets

Columbus, OH

#9 Jul 12, 2011
Taxpayer wrote:
IN 3 YEARS the employee portion goes from 10% to 11% AND there are raises of NEARLY 3% EVERY YEAR for the NEXT 3 YEARS and these are NOT Police or Fireman BUT PUBLIC SERVANTS????
THOSE $$$S should be going to server the NEEDY, HOMELESS and MENTAL patients of the Columbus!!!!
SHAME on the public employees for offering, demanding and accepting such a contract!
Could you be any freaking STOOPIDER if you tried?
No hope and change please

Powell, OH

#11 Jul 12, 2011
I missed the part about how much they cut taxes and how the union contract compares to the private sector workers that pay the city workers benifits and salary.
Dems do not get it

Columbus, OH

#12 Jul 12, 2011
DemocRATs out of control in Columbus again.

Coleman and Council gave in to the unions to get their endorsements for the upcoming elections. Plain and simple.

When this city needs to cut and maintain spending they give out raises that are far beyond what they should.

Another bonehead move by the Moron of a Mayor and his tax stealing City Council.

The taxpayers are tired and soon all of you will be fired.

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Since: Dec 09

Columbus

#13 Jul 12, 2011
So spending $1.2 million over 3 years is saving the city money.

Nice to see everybody carries the same weight in this economy.
really

Columbus, OH

#14 Jul 12, 2011
It's a good start but not enough. We pay a lot more in the private sector for those same benefits. This is a city council that whines about not having enough money but gives away huge tax breaks to multi-billion-dollar corporations.
Where are the protests about that? Here's a hint: When it involves Democrats, the left doesn't protest things like war and corporate welfare.

Since: Dec 09

Coshocton, OH

#15 Jul 12, 2011
Look like another "emergency" income tax hike on the docket for 2012. This is why we need SB5. Dems take the donations from the unions and give it back in spades when it comes time for contract negotiations. Its like walking into a car dealership you own and "negotiating" for a new car.
Hayduke

Marysville, OH

#16 Jul 12, 2011
Hayseed strikes again wrote:
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Oh, and now the peanut gallery from the mighty metropolis of MAREESVILLE is weighing in! Go ram another corn cob up your backside, Hayseed!
People from "MAREESVILLE" who work in Columbus, pay Columbus City income tax [though we're not allowed to vote in your elections]....
But we CAN vote to uphold SB 5........

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the truth

Quitman, AR

#17 Jul 12, 2011
coleman paying back unions while others lose jobs homes and freedom
FYI

Columbus, OH

#18 Jul 12, 2011
For those who need a little help in their math skills...

The contract(or lack thereof) that the city has had the past few years offered no pay raises, no merit increases, nothing. So PAYCUTS have been taking place with the cost of living going through the roof. That said, the current contract that you are reading about offers each city employee a 2% increase for the first 2 years and a 2.75% increase the last year of the contract ending in 2013. At the same time is TAKING away the pers contribution that all of the city employess signed on with when they started which in comparison to other jobs, put the city at the same level in pay with the private world and other governments like ODNR/State/OSU. Therefore, while granting a 2%/2%/2.75% raise they are taking 1%/1%/2% from pers and a even more with healthcare increases. So, with the cost of living increasing every year by 2-3% the City employees are taking PAYCUTS...I'm sure by some of your comments you still do not understand that but if you had an education you would probably not be unemployed and have all day to think up comments that an 8th grader could figure out. Why should the city workers give their hard earned money to folks sitting around drinking beer and smoking crack all day? You get a paid vacation at employees expense? Get an education and get a job then you can complain about your DECREASE in salary that every city employee is getting every year.
noneya

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 12, 2011
god forbid 1200 educated people get a 1% raise! get over it. it wasn't too many years ago that the private sector was making much more than the public sector. i'm still earning 15% below market rate. maybe if your bosses trimmed down their 6 figure salaries there would be a little extra for you. jealousy gets you no where.
Hayduke

Marysville, OH

#20 Jul 12, 2011
No hope and change please wrote:
I missed the part about how much they cut taxes and how the union contract compares to the private sector workers that pay the city workers benifits and salary.
Public worker unions way of "cutting pay & benefits" is...
We ONLY take 2.75% increase instead of 3%.....Therefore we've "cut" our pay & benefits .25%......
It's because of this mentality that we need SB 5
reality bites

Columbus, OH

#21 Jul 12, 2011
Congrats wrote:
Good job, Mayor Coleman and public workers. I'm glad to see that you can collectively bargain for a fair deal. In the private sector, the corporate warlords dole out pay and benefits with an eyedropper and convince their slaves that they're lucky to have a job.
In the real world, we are not spending other people's money and we need to be accountable and yes, people do feel lucky to have a job right now. But we have the satisfaction of making it on our merits.
unfair

Reynoldsburg, OH

#22 Jul 12, 2011
FYI wrote:
For those who need a little help in their math skills...
The contract(or lack thereof) that the city has had the past few years offered no pay raises, no merit increases, nothing. So PAYCUTS have been taking place with the cost of living going through the roof. That said, the current contract that you are reading about offers each city employee a 2% increase for the first 2 years and a 2.75% increase the last year of the contract ending in 2013. At the same time is TAKING away the pers contribution that all of the city employess signed on with when they started which in comparison to other jobs, put the city at the same level in pay with the private world and other governments like ODNR/State/OSU. Therefore, while granting a 2%/2%/2.75% raise they are taking 1%/1%/2% from pers and a even more with healthcare increases. So, with the cost of living increasing every year by 2-3% the City employees are taking PAYCUTS...I'm sure by some of your comments you still do not understand that but if you had an education you would probably not be unemployed and have all day to think up comments that an 8th grader could figure out. Why should the city workers give their hard earned money to folks sitting around drinking beer and smoking crack all day? You get a paid vacation at employees expense? Get an education and get a job then you can complain about your DECREASE in salary that every city employee is getting every year.
That's the TRUTH, Truth!!

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