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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Appointed employees to have a union

The City Council could soon vote on legislation to recognize the existence of a bargaining unit for certain politically appointed city employees.

An ordinance to recognize the representation of 13 city positions by the United Public Service Employees Union is expected to be discussed during the council's Finance Committee meeting tomorrow night, where council members will decide whether or not to move the legislation to their April meeting.

The positions which could be represented by the union include:
Assistant to City Clerk
Assistant Operations Manager
Chief Water Plant Operator
City Auditor
City Engineer
Commissioner of Planning and Community Development
Deputy City Clerk
Deputy Comptroller for Financial Operations
Grants Writing Specialist
Personnel Associate
Recreations Director
Superintendent of Water and Sewer

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

A union for appointees? Now that's screwed up. Part of Dave Mitchell's warped legacy.

March 19, 2009 at 11:48 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is total BS! Appointee's with Union Protection? Appointee's serve at either the discretion of the council or administration. That's the way it is.
What's next, benefits for part timers?
This council has rocks in their heads!

March 19, 2009 at 3:32 PM 
Anonymous Kevin P. Reilly said...

New York State labor law gives certain appointed positions the right to organize. In that way, they can bargain collectively over wages and other conditions of employment. It's ironic to see Democratic lawmakers fighting against lawful worker rights. Either some workers are more equal than others, or some unions are more equal others.

March 20, 2009 at 9:24 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with gary favro involved watch out city of troy

March 22, 2009 at 9:38 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with kevin reilly involved watch out city of troy

March 22, 2009 at 11:02 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This list looks like a Who's Who of City Empoloyees who don't live in Troy but take our hard earned tax dollars to live in North Greenbush, Altamont, any place but Troy. Favro while a fireman also did not live in Troy.

March 22, 2009 at 6:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all Crawley and Tut's fault. They have no ability to work in a bipartisan manner. They try to dictate and they are working with only one brain and 600pounds of blubber! Does Troy have a recall provision for Mayor?

March 22, 2009 at 10:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This legislation is wrong! If they want union protection, they should have to take a civil service test for the job. Can you imagine having that miserable deputy clerk around for years to come?

March 23, 2009 at 2:12 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unionization will not protect the Deputy Clerk nor will it prevent replacing her after the next election, and you know this Dan! You think you are the master at misinformation in your effort to mislead the electorate. The only saving grace is that only a few political hacks read and write on these blogs. You know, like Tut, Crawley, Buell, Rogers, Brown, your City Clerk, Deputy Clerk, etc. you are all worthless.

March 23, 2009 at 6:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but none quite as miserable as the dep clerk!
Questions though for our roving reporter Caprood:
*Your paper listed the assistant to the city clerk as one of the jobs looking to unionize. Wasn't that position turned into 2 part-time jobs?
I understand that Campana didn't have his hand book yet when the decision was made to split the job into 2 thank you's, with no bennies.
But does this mean that both of these part-time jobs go union, or does the handbook state that the job goes back to full time?
I'm confused!
Should the part timers at the golf course be entitled to the same benefits?
At least they're nice to people!

March 23, 2009 at 7:09 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, you are a homophobe! Get a life, get a personality and for goodness sake - GO ON A DIET, before you have a heart attack and cost us (the taxpayers) a couple hundred thousand for your bypass!

March 23, 2009 at 9:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Civil Service testing in NY since 1883 baby-- why not for these jobs then?
A previous poster was correct in saying the Deputy City Clerk is miserable and should be let go

March 24, 2009 at 7:03 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deputy Mayor is mentally disturbed and should also be let go.

March 25, 2009 at 3:33 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like BCON80 is obbsessed with Mark McGrath. Watch out Mark they could be hiding around every corner.

March 25, 2009 at 6:13 PM 

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