THC hears over and over again from people who seem to absolutely hate us because we demand sensible reform in public sector pensions, particularly for public safety employees.
We’d offer this excerpt to perhaps clear something up for them:
“One final note: “Attacking” levels of compensation that are financially unsustainable and unfair to taxpayers does NOT translate into an attack on the profession of firefighting or firefighters as individuals. No reasonable person fails to respect firefighters for the work they do and the risks they take. But if and when the market takes another dive, and even before that, Mr. Mohan and his colleagues are invited to think about proposals that are not merely inspirational for everyone, but practical.
They might begin by recognizing how California’s legislature has enacted policies which make this the highest cost-of-living state in the U.S. They might use their considerable political clout do help us do something about that – for everyone’s sake.”
Of course, Fire Districts using their clout to help “be the hero” for California’s economic well-being isn’t part of their job description – and up to this point, at least, not a part of their modus operandi.