Reckless Promises, Yes or No?
Brian Hull summarizes the approaching resolution between the governor and the state’s public sector unions thus:
Under the agreement, state workers would take eight unpaid days in this fiscal year and four unpaid days in the next fiscal year. State workers will wait an additional six months for their next pay raise. There will be no additional threats of furloughs, shutdown days or layoffs until June 30, 2011 (the next Governor’s problem). And the workers will have the opportunity to recoup some lost pay or take bonus vacation days upon leaving state service.
The part about “no additional threats” strikes me as a surpassing reckless promise for the governor to make, in this economic and political climate, so I followed Brian’s links. The source in all cases is Council 94 President Michael Downey, and at this point, an explicit promise appears to be more of a hope than a description.
One needn’t be an anti-union zealot to see the danger of taking further reductions in labor costs off the table, and I suspect that when the details shake out, there will at least be escape clauses.