The City Council meeting on Tuesday was well-attended by many off-duty firemen, police officers and city employees with their union representatives.
In my personal opinion, they were trying to send a silent message to our City Council to not even think about layoffs, staff cuts, pay cuts or forcing them to pay more for benefits.
The truth of the matter is that these layoffs and reductions to their ranks are going to happen if they agree with it or not. The alternative is the city of Tracy going into bankruptcy, which is an even worse solution to this financial crisis.
Did they realize if that happens, their current labor contracts become worthless and are subject to renegotiation of wages and benefits?
What is the City Council to do when the money is simply not there, because the Tracy taxpayer money well has gone dry?
Have these civil servants, along with their unions, become so blind and insensitive, showing a total lack of compassion for the community of people they are trying to serve? They act as if it is the taxpayers’ fault, that we the citizens of Tracy deliberately caused this financial crisis.
These civil servants better get used to this — this is the way it is going to be for years to come, with little hope of change. They all had better learn to work with what they have, because the new proposed parcel tax is already dead on arrival.