Milwaukee County Pension Shenanigans; How About Privatizing Management?
Whenever the local media establishment finds itself in a slow news cycle, it’s good to know we can count on them to dredge up another story about a County worker cashing in for a big pension payout.
It’s a huge drain on the resources of this County to be sure, but of all the people making out through this deal – including the latest, George Brotz who will pull in $850,000 – has anyone else noticed that nearly all of them are administrators in the County?
They’re hardly the “rank and file” workers who are routinely lambasted for being “lazy” or “overpaid” or who commonly get the blame when we talk about the pension problem. In fact County Exec. Walker makes a common point that this needs to be addressed through privatization in spite of the fact that those “rank and file” workers who’s jobs Scott Walker wants to privatize in the name of “savings” are rarely the ones we read about in the paper.
There’s a difference between the pension the maintenance gal who pulls in $40,000 a year will receive and the one the accounting manager who made $75,000 a year will get.
If we really wanted to save money in this County, maybe we should be talking about privatizing the jobs in management that are bleeding us dry, not only those among the rank and file workers.