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Measure M a union bargaining chip?

Original post made on Nov 8, 2012

A union steward and employee of El Camino Hospital has told a local paper that the Measure M initiative, which his union pushed to get on the ballot but later stopped promoting, was a "bargaining chip in the negotiating process." Union officials disavowed the statement.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 8, 2012, 1:10 PM

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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Now that we have taken the ability of the elected board of the hospital out of the business of negotiating salary for the executives of the hospital we should now be empowered to reduce the excessive union negotiated wage and benefit package by the ballot

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Posted by ronin
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Unions have not only outlived their usefulness, they are actively destroying free commerce. They will destroy the very organizations that employ them and many honest working people.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

California voters are dupes & suckers. It is laughable how easily they are manipulated. Measure M & Prop 30 are classic examples.

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Posted by Buffy
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm

It's that 47% that just take and don't contribute with talent and hard work.

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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

The top level adminsitrators are greedy and they are using the so called free market, market condition,blah blah to steal more. None of these adminsitrators are really worth what they are paid now and they are not worth even if they make 50% less. They need to be put behind prison for screwing us for so long. They are overcharging us the clients (the patients) and keep more of it for themselves before the average worker gets a dime. I have no problem in the average worker making decent money but the adminsitrators are rotten thieves. They will simply go somewhere else and steal since they can never be put in prison.

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Posted by Marc
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Nov 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Isn't there a judge that can overturn this right away?

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Posted by American dream lost
a resident of Slater
on Nov 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm

As a divorced-single parent, with an AA, I work hard daily to provide for my children. My executive -ex made great money, but spent it and then some on himself. He lost his job, and now we get bare minimum in child support. We at the bottom struggle to make ends meet, while administraters shift the cost of unaffordable health care to our shoulders. The rich make unthinkable riches so they can afford multiple homes, they 'steal from us at the bottom' with no shame or guilt..

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

Passing measure M was a great step for fairness and control of the costs at the Hospital. We also need a measure to force the board to sell the out of district Hospital in Los Gates that was recently added to the tax payers costs in this district. As for unions if it wasn't for them the rich would pay us all $8 an hour, we need to support unions for the good of all, but the rich of course.

Never cross picket lines

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Ronin is 100% correct. Unions are destroying free enterprise and perverting market forces. The National Right to Work Legal Defense group should get notified about this result. NRTWLDF has a great track record of fighting union abuses.

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Posted by David
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

While the union may have seen this as a bargaining chip, many of us who voted for it did so to stop the out-of-control "compensation" packages that typify modern-day board decisions.

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Posted by @ Steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

OR, maybe it is just that you have no inside information about either the Hospital administration or School district funding from the State.

It certainly could be that!

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Posted by Unfortunately
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Hopefully, I am wrong. But, unfortunately, I believe, our fair city has just created a system where the Hospital will be unable to get great administrators. So, we will have mediocre or worse, and the costs will go up, the service will go down.

And, I will start driving to Stanford.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I don't hold with pay caps, if you want good talent that is proven you pay more, if you don't and just want someone who will work without proven talent. This is what you are going to get with pay caps. I love how people go on about the free market, it sounds fine. But if you get out of school you are going to look at who offers the best, who pays the bests, you aren't going to waste your time with a low paying job. 347,000 dollars for a CEO in a area that seems to want the best, best care, the best that someone can offer, and yet keep up standards instead of spending time looking another high paying job.

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