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Pigs Get Fed. Hogs Get Slaughtered.

Sep
13
2004

It’s looking as though Contra Costa County is on its way to becoming the cautionary tale of all cautionary tales for greedy labor. For Republicans like Gov. Terminator looking to crack down on the state’s payroll expenses, this couldn’t come at a better time.
The CoCo sitution could become a very big political fight because unions support much of what happens in the California Democratic Party. They’re the money and they’re the muscle. If they’re seen as the enemy – hard to believe but it is happening – the party is weaker. And it’s not like Schwarzenegger’s losing any steam.


Last week, the CoCo Times carried a story saying, in essence, that the county had massaged its pension funding to make the books look better. Now, the county is going to have to cut services and programs to make up for budgetary sleight of hand. Who’s getting the blame? A labor-friendly pension board who took — and took a lot — while the taking was good.
This isn’t the first time this has happened. Back in March, the Chron had a piece about the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s employees’ retirement benefits. In a deal struck in exchange for teachers taking lower salaries, employee health insurance is covered by the district – 100 percent – for life.
It’s way to early to predict how this is going to go but it’s certainly good news for Republicans and anyone else worried about the state’s budgetary woes – ‘cause greed ain’t pretty.

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