The LuLac Edition #2565, December 17th, 2013
I got a comment post as well as a photo attachment from a county employee who is worried about the job they hold. This person has been with the County less than 15 years and makes a salary in the upper thirties.
It has been pointed out by this person that the union that represents the office this particular employee works in made concessions. This person wonders why the County Detectives said no to concessions to help stabilize the debt. It was pointed out by this county employee that the detectives have clothing allowances, salaries at or near $100,000 and don’t have responsibilities of first responders in most cases when a crime is discovered. Most are double dippers and have it pretty sweet. Yet this gang of 9 won’t budge because they got theirs and don’t give a shit about anyone who might lose their jobs.
A photo was sent and the person was concerned because it was felt that perhaps it might be misinterpreted as being disrespectful to beat cops who put their lives on the line in blue uniforms and not fancy duds that they get from the county at $100.00 a pop. I assured the county employee that in captioning the photo, I would find an alternative word not disparaging to the men in blue.
When I messaged back that I picked an alternate word for the caption, the county employee said it was an insult to that species.
I would have dearly loved to have thought about all this. But I didn’t. Maybe its for the best. Because if I wrote it, or Gort, Joe Valenti or Betty Roccograndi, we’d be accused of being cranky bloggers who are jealous of people with better jobs and better clothes. (Although I think I have better clothes than those detectives but I digress). This salvo comes from within County Detectives. These are your co workers or as you macho types like to call "our brethren in arms." When you see that smile or even a handshake, or a friendly nod at the Super Market or the Arena during a Penguins game from union members who made sacrifices, know that your some of your coworkers think you are selfish hogs. That doesn’t come from me, but one of your own fellow county employees. Unions can cloth and make you more money than the most people, but won’t gain you any respect. Only pity for being so selfish.