Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kristy’s Cuts in Cali

Remember Tasty’s post about the concessions that SEIU has been negotiatimg for workers, including the retroactive pay cut a University Medical Center in Las Vegas?

Well, a reader sent along this article about a lengthy laundry list of cuts that SEIU Local 521 just negotiated for 8,000 workers in Santa Clara County, California. A publication for the bosses’ -– appropriately named “Public CEO” –- describes the SEIU-negotiated cuts this way:
SEIU employees will take 10 unpaid furlough days off during the year.  Also, County holidays will be reduced from 12 to 8 the first year.  New hires will be paid at 10 percent below the current minimum salary for existing jobs.  Employees will contribute two percent more of their salary towards retirement, for a total of six percent.  Employees will now pay more for health plan copayments, depending on the health plan.   Also, for the first time, current employees are paying contributions towards future premiums for retiree health benefit costs. 
Wow... that's quite a list. Tasty wonders whether SEIU's top official at Local 521, Kristy Sermersheim, will cut her own over-inflated salary, which paid her north of $200,000 last year.

Tasty is a bit doubtful. Why? Well, Sermersheim now calls herself “CEO”… short for “Chief Elected Officer.” (Tasty is not joking! Apparently, this is SEIU’s latest and greatest stage of business unionism.) And, b/t/w, how many CEOs have you seen taking pay cuts?