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.
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
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
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.
Mark A. Pitt
Special Projects Coordinator
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
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SOURCE United Steelworkers of America