USWA: Dallas City Workers Union Asks to Meet Mayor on Budget Problems; Urge Fairness in Setting Future Pay Increases
DALLAS, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The union of city workers has requested a meeting with Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and individual members of the City Council to discuss the upcoming budget and its impact on the city's civilian workforce, who are facing threatened cuts due to city budget shortfalls. Representatives of the North Texas Association of Public Employees (NTAPE), affiliated with the 650,000-member United Steelworkers of America, sent a letter to Mayor Miller requesting the meeting as soon as possible. (Copy below.) The letter states that, "Our members, most of whom live, vote and pay taxes in the city, are extremely upset over the city manager's proposed plan to balance the city's budget on their backs." Many city workers are upset that at the same time job and pay cuts are being discussed for civilian city employees, large wage increases are in the pipeline for police and firefighters. In light of the recent vote by firefighters concerning the priorities for the forthcoming city budget, representative Mark Pitt said, "We want to commend the leadership of the Firefighters Union for their effort to show support for civilian city employees." Pitt said, "The civilian workers of Dallas perform vital jobs for the people of this city, and deserve to be treated with respect. It's outrageous for the city's leadership to agree to give some of public employees raises at the same time demanding pay cuts from others." NTAPE representatives say that they are ready to organize large-scale opposition to the proposed city budget until such time as the concerns of civilian city workers are taken into account. (TEXT OF LETTER SENT TO MAYOR MILLER BY CITY WORKERS UNION) July 12, 2002 Hon. Laura Miller Mayor City of Dallas 1500 Marilla St. 5th Floor Dallas, TX 75201-6390 Re: Civilian Employees Dear Mayor Miller: As I am sure you are aware of, over the past several months the civilian employees of the City have been organizing a new labor union. The number of employees involved in this effort grows on a daily basis. To date over 1,500, of your employees have chosen to join the North Texas Association of Public Employees. This organization is affiliated with the United Steelworkers of America, one of the largest labor unions in the country. Our members, most of whom live, vote, and pay taxes in the City are extremely upset over the City Manager's proposed plan to balance the city's budget on their backs. While we respect and support the hard working men and women who work for the Police and Fire Department, it is unconscionable for City to be thinking about cutting the civilian employees pay after having voted to give pay increases to these employees. All city employees perform important and vital services. While it is certainly true that some of the employees perform more hazardous duties than others, this fact is appropriately recognized in the various pay levels already in place, not by rewarding wage increases to some and cuts in pay to others. When it comes to yearly increases we firmly believe that all city employees should be treated the same. I would like to request a meeting with you as soon as possible to discuss this issue. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Mark A. Pitt Special Projects Coordinator cc: NTAPE CONTACT: Mark Pitt, USWA Organizer, +1-412-352-9925, or Howard Scott, USWA Organizing Dept., +1-412-562-2529. Web site: http://www.uswa.org MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X17281349
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