Cornwall Ontario – Call it a Million Dollar Solution! Even CUPE knows that Cornwall is in a budget crisis, but sometimes you need dramatic solutions to dramatic problems.
You can’t blame city workers and their union for trying to improve their lot. It’s part of what they do.
The entire blame for this lies in a labour rigged council and a management team, that since Geoff Clarke replaced Robert Menagh, that has fallen into sad disrepute. In fact looking at Clarke’s salary rises surely only aggravated a situation while he led a wage freeze. Who would be happy about a wage freeze while their boss was seeing double digit raises? In fact Clarke has failed so badly that his chika Maureen Adams brought back a position eliminated by Menagh for nearly as much as Clarke was making instead of simply replacing Clarke. Heck, she could’ve brought back Menagh who was not terminated for cause as his record here in Cornwall was of wage control and overall success which included reducing a few management positions.
So this writer’s million dollar solution is a 25% pay cut across the board for the 30 or so City Managers working for the City of Cornwall which would help the budget by about $1M per year. While those managers would have to agree, we taxpayers could certainly see, before an election, where people’s loyalties lie.
It would be a major sacrifice by those managers, but many have seen their salaries rise about that much over the last two terms. And could CUPE and city workers really go on strike if the management team acted in good faith in that manner? After all, CUPE members would not be asked to take a pay cut or see jobs cut.
Clearly Cornwall needs to create more revenue so that CUPE and its members can earn more. Nobody begrudges them a penny, but at a certain point you either have to find a wage solution or jobs get cut. Our city workers need to be a part of those solutions.
Look at CCH. No more home made meals and really crappy ones shipped in from Ottawa. One Vegan I was talking to lost over ten pounds during their stay at CCH and was at one point fed white rice for their supper and had to supplant with foods brought in by their family. In the end the well paid kitchen jobs at the hospital disappeared.
That’s not a solution and nobody wins at any level.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Do you think CUPE would back down on its strike threat if city managers took a pay cut? You can post your comments below.