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Dear Editor:

I would like to respond to the Mark Collins letter in the Dec. 26 issue of the Vilas County News-Review titled “County employees support communities.”

Mr. Collins quotes me writing, “The public union employees would rather see our taxes raised to pay people for doing nothing while enjoying their Cadillac benefits.” First he misquoted me, I wrote, “the public union employees, etc. That has quite a different meaning doesn’t it?

The letter goes on to praise union employees for all the good they do in the community. There is no doubt that many, many of them do. Although, doing all the good things Mr. Collins says does not necessarily correlate with being a productive employee.

The public union employees would be seen in a more favorable light if they had spoken out against the public union excesses starting with the Madison demonstrations. I hope Mr. Collins and all of his fellow employees will all work hard to be as efficient as possible for Vilas County. It’s a win-win for all of us.

Now, as I said, “the public employees union would rather see our taxes raised to pay people for doing nothing productive while enjoying Cadillac benefits.” The public employee advocate at the board meeting spoke openly and said she favors tax increases as a method of balancing the county budget. She opposed any staff reduction to balance the county budget. I also stand by the Cadillac benefit part of my quote. I urge people to find out and make their own judgment.

I cannot fault individual county employees for having Cadillac benefits. I can’t fault them for being unproductive (unless they are not focused). It is the job of their supervisors and the county board supervisors to sort this out.

I know that before Act 10, their job was difficult. Hear this though, if the work can be outsourced or combined to decrease cost and efficiency, it must be done. To do anything else is good for none of us in the long run.

No doubt some of the county employees who are also public union leaders will be upset by this. To them I say: you took the job, live with it.

Charlie Gullan

Eagle River


Monday, December 31, 2012 1:33 PM
Last Updated on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:40 PM

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