Daily Archives: March 28, 2011

Vancouver Police Commanders Win 5.1% Wage Increase

From the Columbian:

A state arbitrator has settled the long standing dispute between the city of Vancouver and the Police Commanders Union. The Commanders wages will remain frozen until July 2011 when they will receive a 5.1% wage increase.

“The arbitrator cannot consider a public entity’s ability to pay as part of the arbitration process.”

“The average member of the Police Command union made $108,984, including overtime, sick, vacation and shift differential pay. The increase will cost the city $26,233 in 2011 and $52,465 in 2012, not including overtime.”

Also on July 1, commanders will begin contributing 10% towards their dependents health insurance premiums. The city has been paying all of the commanders premiums and all but $61 of dependent premiums.

The Columbian also states, “The decision may be a window into the much higher-stakes arbitration between the city and the 179-member Fire Suppression union, set for June 1 through 3.” The Firefighters Union is seeking “8.2 percent wage increase immediately and another 2 percent hike in 2011 expected cost Vancouver $3.2 million.”

The latest records I find show Clark Counties unemployment rate still at 13% or slightly higher.

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Clack Co Car Tax Fight: A Lesson in AstroTurfing

If you’re keeping score over who’s doing what in the fast approaching May 17th vote on the Clackamas County car tax for light rail decision it’s: 6,252, the number of valid signatures turned in from Clackamas County voters; to 2, the number of nay sayers who have given money to an AstroTurfing effort against the tax. 

As one alert 5th Listener has discovered, the pro-Vehicle Registration Fee PAC goes by the name Clackamas County Citizens for Jobs and Safety.

To date it has raised about $25,500 in cash to support the campaign for the proposed county registration fee.   The fifteen largest donors account for 95% of those donations ($24,250).
Q.  Care to guess how many of those fifteen donors were actually from Clackamas County?
A. Two.

Who are these people? Let us take a look:

Look at those names and what they do in the graph below. With the exception of Multnomah County chief, Jeff Cogan, it looks as if the “Jobs” in the name of the group refers to their well heeled companies’ desire to be hired by their buddies in government for any engineering on the Sellwood Bridge/Light Rail plan. And think about this: Multnomah County’s Commission chief doesn’t want to spend the county’s money on improvements to the Sellwood Bridge–a bridge which has been neglected for years by Multnomah County– but doesn’t mind ponying up money to call for a tax on another county’s voters.

1.  Oregon AFSCME                                         $5,000  (Union PAC, Salem)
2.  CH2M Hill                                                    $2,500  (Engineering firm, Portland)
3.  Jeff Cogen                                                 $2,500  (Mult. Co. Commissioner PAC, Portland)
4.  T.Y Lin Int’l                                                 $2,500  (Engineering firm, Beaverton)
5.  CenterCal Properties, LLC                           $2,500  (Developer, Tigard)
6.  Oregonians to Maintain Comm Standards     $2,500  (Trade Union Pac, Portland)
7.  Harper, Houf, Peterson & Righellis                $1,250  (Engineering firm, Portland)
8.  NW Oregon Labor Council                            $1000  (Union PAC, Portland)
9.  Michelle Giguere                                          $1000  (federal lobbyist, Portland)
10. HDR Engineering                                         $1000  (Engineering firm, Portland)
11. OTAK Inc.                                                  $1000  (Architects, Lake Oswego)
12. Brenden Barnicle                                         $500  (financial analyst, Portland)
13. James Bernard                                            $500  (Clackamas County Commissioner)
14. Int’l Longshoreman and Warehouse Union     $250  (Portland)
15. Hatch Mott MacDonald                                 $250  (Consulting Engineers,  New Jersey)  

But as we all know, the meaning of money stories is best told in ratios because it reflects the impact, meaning and relationship of one part to the whole.

Here is another way to rank the top fifteen:

1.  51% Portland donors     
2.  20% Salem donor        
3.  10% Beaverton donor   
4.  10% Tigard donor         
5.    6% Clackamas donors 

Or another way:

1. 36%  Union donors
2. 35%  Engineers/architect firms
3. 12%  Politicians
4. 10%  Developer
5.   4%  Federal transportation lobbyist

And this alert 5th listener further explores a bit more about this new PAC created to tax Clackamas County voters and taxpayers, noting:

Funny that a PAC that purports to speak for Clackamas County Citizens doesn’t draw much support from them. Probably shouldn’t surprise anyone though, since the PAC itself is located in another county.

Committee Information
Name: Clackamas County Citizens for Jobs and Safety ID: 14912
Statement Effective From: 01/11/2011 to present Filing Type: Original
Director Name
Effective From Effective To Address Phone Occupation / Employer
Joe Esmonde 01/11/2011 Present 15937 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230

Business agent/Political director
IBEW 48, Portland, OR

 

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Clack Co Car Tax Fight: A Lesson in AstroTurfing

If you’re keeping score over who’s doing what in the fast approaching May 17th vote on the Clackamas County car tax for light rail decision it’s: 6,252, the number of valid signatures turned in from Clackamas County voters; to 2, the number of nay sayers who have given money to an AstroTurfing effort against the tax. 

As one alert 5th Listener has discovered, the pro-Vehicle Registration Fee PAC goes by the name Clackamas County Citizens for Jobs and Safety.

To date it has raised about $25,500 in cash to support the campaign for the proposed county registration fee.   The fifteen largest donors account for 95% of those donations ($24,250).
Q.  Care to guess how many of those fifteen donors were actually from Clackamas County?
A. Two.

Who are these people? Let us take a look:

Look at those names and what they do in the graph below. With the exception of Multnomah County chief, Jeff Cogan, it looks as if the “Jobs” in the name of the group refers to their well heeled companies’ desire to be hired by their buddies in government for any engineering on the Sellwood Bridge/Light Rail plan. And think about this: Multnomah County’s Commission chief doesn’t want to spend the county’s money on improvements to the Sellwood Bridge–a bridge which has been neglected for years by Multnomah County– but doesn’t mind ponying up money to call for a tax on another county’s voters.

1.  Oregon AFSCME                                         $5,000  (Union PAC, Salem)
2.  CH2M Hill                                                    $2,500  (Engineering firm, Portland)
3.  Jeff Cogen                                                 $2,500  (Mult. Co. Commissioner PAC, Portland)
4.  T.Y Lin Int’l                                                 $2,500  (Engineering firm, Beaverton)
5.  CenterCal Properties, LLC                           $2,500  (Developer, Tigard)
6.  Oregonians to Maintain Comm Standards     $2,500  (Trade Union Pac, Portland)
7.  Harper, Houf, Peterson & Righellis                $1,250  (Engineering firm, Portland)
8.  NW Oregon Labor Council                            $1000  (Union PAC, Portland)
9.  Michelle Giguere                                          $1000  (federal lobbyist, Portland)
10. HDR Engineering                                         $1000  (Engineering firm, Portland)
11. OTAK Inc.                                                  $1000  (Architects, Lake Oswego)
12. Brenden Barnicle                                         $500  (financial analyst, Portland)
13. James Bernard                                            $500  (Clackamas County Commissioner)
14. Int’l Longshoreman and Warehouse Union     $250  (Portland)
15. Hatch Mott MacDonald                                 $250  (Consulting Engineers,  New Jersey)  

But as we all know, the meaning of money stories is best told in ratios because it reflects the impact, meaning and relationship of one part to the whole.

Here is another way to rank the top fifteen:

1.  51% Portland donors     
2.  20% Salem donor        
3.  10% Beaverton donor   
4.  10% Tigard donor         
5.    6% Clackamas donors 

Or another way:

1. 36%  Union donors
2. 35%  Engineers/architect firms
3. 12%  Politicians
4. 10%  Developer
5.   4%  Federal transportation lobbyist

And this alert 5th listener further explores a bit more about this new PAC created to tax Clackamas County voters and taxpayers, noting:

Funny that a PAC that purports to speak for Clackamas County Citizens doesn’t draw much support from them. Probably shouldn’t surprise anyone though, since the PAC itself is located in another county.

Committee Information
Name: Clackamas County Citizens for Jobs and Safety ID: 14912
Statement Effective From: 01/11/2011 to present Filing Type: Original
Director Name
Effective From Effective To Address Phone Occupation / Employer
Joe Esmonde 01/11/2011 Present 15937 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230

Business agent/Political director
IBEW 48, Portland, OR

 

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Union Goons in London Call for "Taxing the Rich"

Just like in America, public unions in London don’t like that they are expected to pay their fair share in sacrificing to help pull the world’s economies out of this deep recession we remain locked into. We’ve seen it in Wisconsin and elsewhere as unions line up to demand more taxes taken out of anybody they can squeeze it out of, primarily the “rich.”

Why are tax raises always called for on the rich, who create the jobs, pay the bulk of revenues and donate the most to charitable organizations? It was all explained last Thursday outside of the Vancouver office of Washington 3rd Congressional District Representative, Jaime Herrera Beutler by a member of Moveon.org staging a rally there and caught on tape.


What would the incentive be for public unions to begin paying their fair share?

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Who Flinches First, Kitzhaber or the Teachers Union?

Interesting article in the Willamette Weekly this week on the relationship between Dr. Do Over and the Oregon Education Association, “Oregon’s teachers did not cause the state’s fiscal crisis, but because so much of their compensation comes directly from the general fund, Kitzhaber and lawmakers will balance the budget on their backs.”

You have to wonder, will they really? Kitzhaber says, “This state will not go down the road that Wisconsin has chosen,” referencing the recent roll back of some collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin to balance their budget. With Kitzhaber being a Democrat, that goes without saying.

We’re also told that Oregon’s budget is in far worse shape than Wisconsin’s, the 5th worst in the nation and that Kitzhaber intends to seek concessions from the OEA.

Richard Sanders, the new leader of the OEA says he isn’t worried as he “knows Oregonians love their schools and their teachers.”

The OEA contributed 12% of Kitzhaber’s campaign donations, some $1.1 Million to get Kitzhaber elected. That’s more than any other union in Oregon. Obviously, given the history of public unions “negotiating” with sympathetic Democrats, they expect to be taken care of in return.

Steve Griffith, a former member of the Portland School Board says, OEA would cut off at the knees any Democrat who really wanted to reform education. The effect of OEA’s bank account is to silence a discussion about accountability that needs to be had,” showing the power wielded in Oregon by the OEA.

Kitzhaber campaigned saying, “The fact is that we need to make some fundamental changes…some ‘reforms,’ if you will, if we hope to secure the future and the funding on which that future rests.”

What sort of real concessions can Oregonians expect from the OEA and other public unions? Allen Alley, Chair of the Oregon Republican Party says of the relationship between unions and Democrats, “[People] don’t understand the level of donations—and that those donations can make driving real change really difficult.”

If Kitzhaber is serious about gaining any substantial concessions from the OEA or actually reforming education in Oregon, perhaps he should rethink his claim of “not going down the road that Wisconsin has chosen.”

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