As many of my readers know, I
have consistently made the case for the re-absorption of the PMUA into
the city’s operation. I have taken this position out of concern for the rate
payers, and out of a genuine concern for the frontline employees whose jobs
have been threatened by the mismanagement of resources of the PMUA and the
conspicuous consumption of its retired executives.
The recent proposal by PMUA commissioners to
furlough the frontline employees in order to pay for the egregious over $1 million settlement paid to the retired employees, coupled with the very harsh rebuke
from the commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, makes this issue impossible for anyone to remain silent on.
Thus, it is important for theworkers of the PMUA to recognize their real enemy. It is not those on the
council, including me, who want very much to protect their jobs by absorbing
them into the city’s work force. The enemies of the PMUA workers are those who
would have them furloughed in order to pay for a settlement that is hard for
even supporters of the PMUA to swallow. PMUA frontline employees are being
deceived and bamboozled by those leaders who have gotten fat from gluttony at
the public trough and contempt for rate payers.
I was appalled when I learned
that the PMUA executives offeredto haul the solid waste of a municipality with
a population of 65,000 for a mere $8 million, while charging the 50,000
residents of Plainfield $12 million. How is this fair to our struggling ratepayers? The municipality with the population of
65,000 currently contracts out its solid waste for $4 million. Needless to say,
the PMUA’s former executives were laughed out of town with their $8 million
This example clearly
demonstrates how the PMUA leaders have priced themselves out of the solid waste market,
making it impossible to attract external customers while at the same
time rendering the authority a burden to rate payers in Plainfield and a threat to the
future of its frontline employees if is not reined in.
Therefore, I say no to
the proposed furloughing of PMUA employees, and no to the very bad and
misguided idea the PMUA commissioners suggested of having the workers pay for the $1 million plus payout to the retired
executives. I say yes to absorbing the PMUA frontline employees into the city’s
workforce; yes to reduced rates, and yes to tax relief for homeowners.
I am for
reining in the PMUA and protecting the jobs of its frontline employees.
This weekend, Plainfield has a number of events for residents to attend:
The League of Women Voters of Plainfield will be hosting a Voter Education and Registration Initiative at Plainfield High School, with sessions running from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. I highly encourage parents to send their newly-registered high school students to attend at least one of the information sessions so they will know what identification to bring with them to the June 5th primary, and what to expect.
As other bloggers have already said, the superintendent search public interview process will take place at Emerson School from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
The Friends of the Plainfield Public Library will be hosting the Annual Wine Discovery Fundraiser from 4:00 - 7:00 pm in the Reading Rainforest Children's Room.
Sunday I will be out again, canvassing in the Third Ward, knocking on doors to meet you, my constituents, to discuss the state of the Third Ward and our city.
The FOSH Garage Sale will take place from 9:00 - 4:00 pm in the Sleepy Hollow area and also in the Third Ward's Van Wyck Brooks Historic District--I will see you there!
At 5:00 pm, the NAACP will be hosting a candidate forum at the Whitney Young Apartments Community Center, 300 Central Avenue. All the candidates will be in attendance, and I will make my case for re-election as the Third Ward Democratic council representative.
On Monday, I will be posting my thoughts on this year's budget--stay tuned!