Essex County officials have been locked in a fierce labor dispute with union leaders, who have declined to give up a 4% pay increase next year, despite the country’s deep deficits.
In the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Lohr McKinstry explores all this. One detail of Lohr’s article jumped out at me.
He reports that union leaders apparently had five demands, in order to reopen next year’s contract for negotiation.
“[Essex County chairman Randy Douglas] said the county might have agreed to at least three of the five union stipulations, including one that union workers get their birthdays off.”
Union officials didn’t respond to the Press-Republican’s request for an interview, but this left me really curious — even a little stumped.
Given the economic crisis, and the serious difficulties facing both government and private sector workers, do public employee unions like CSEA think it’s appropriate for their workers to get a holiday on their birthdays?
Is that really one of their top demands?
And would county officials actually agree to such a thing?
I’ve never heard of government agencies or private sector employers viewing birthdays as a work holiday, but maybe I’m missing something.
As always, your comments welcome.