Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Gregoire & Union Playing Personal Roulette

Last week Gregoire cut 1,000 middle managers in Department of Revenue. This week its DSHS who will be cut by 1,000 in middle management. Well let's see, that is a 2,000 job cut of high payed managers, right?


This is a cut in the lowest paying jobs, Don't be fooled by the job titles. This is a fast shuffle to create the illusion that BIG CUTS are being made in State Employees.

How it works is easy. State employees are Union. Those middle management personal have seniority, so they bump a person who has less seniority. And it go's on down the line until the bottom of the food chain is reached.

This is a good time to create a new bureaurcracy, so the Union will not lose membership.
Or it gives the Union a chance to get rid of the non Union personal.

DSHS tops list for manager cuts



Their boss, the governor, says their ranks are bloated, too many are pushing paper and at least 1,000 of them could be cut from state government without the public's noticing.
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"I think people hear 'middle manager,' and they think of a person who sits there and does the same thing an in-and-out box could do," said Evelyn Greenwalt. "I don't think they think of a person who has a lot of responsibility."

Gregoire said excessive management is inefficient and takes money and attention from the citizens who need the services the state provides.

Greenwalt, a retired Department of Transportation worker from Olympia, spent the last five years of her career in the Washington Management Service, which includes most of the state's middle managers.


At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It actually helps unions.

If a middle manager position is eliminated, several things happen. The individual who held that position bumps someone because he/she had seniority. But while that individual didn't pay union dues in the previous "management" position, he/she now pays union dues in the "non-management" position.

The amount of dues is determined by taking approximately 1.37% of the employee's salary (before taxes.) The individual may or may not be earning less than what was earned in the "management" position. But it is likely that due to their seniority, the individual is still making more than the junior individual bumped.

So that position is now likely paying more in union dues. For each person bumped, the senior employee will pay more in union dues than the junior employee for that same position.

Union dues collected increase, and non-union positions decrease.


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