An Opportunity for Empathy
There’s a lesson in empathy available in this:
And several thousand other state workers are caught in the middle of a war between leaders of the largest employees union, Council 94, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that has put that union’s executive director — and lead negotiator — Dennis Grilli on the defensive about his own raise and the $10,044 “waiver payment” he got for taking his wife’s state-provided health insurance, instead of a union package.
Stunned that after 30 years in the union trenches he has become one of the targets of the angry debate, Grilli this week said he would give up the 3 percent raise awarded him by his union’s leadership board last spring that boosted his salary to $102,900 a year.
A five digit windfall for not taking a benefit. So whose turn is it to make the argument that employees who save their employers money by not taking benefits ought to reap some of the rewards?
Perhaps one can hope that reality is beginning to sink in, for Rhode Island’s public-sector unions. The days of squandering the state’s economic health may by necessity (and by necessity only) be coming to an end. It’s interesting to note, by the by, that one apparent hold-out is an affiliate under Bob Walsh’s shadow.