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I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight or say it's your opinion. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to therighttogripe@hotmail.com and we will get it on. You can also post a Gripe on our Facebook page. Just search The Right To Gripe. If you don't want to write it down, just click on one of the boxes below each Gripe to give your opinion. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!







Sunday, October 21, 2012

A W-B Firefighter Speaks Out

In my last Gripe I spoke about the financial woes of Wilkes-Barre and the published salaries of it's employees.  I also mentioned how the numbers were somewhat skewed and that the pays were still too high for some of these employees.  Now a W-B Firefighter has spoken and has brought to the table some interesting information.

When Leighton became the mayor in '04 he told ALL the city worker that concessions had to be made by ALL or the city would go act47 (distressed). The FD stood up and made concessions of more than $4 million over 8 years (no other union did anything). We then found out that Leighton hid money (McGroarty did first) and fought for that money (about $1 million total), by my math we still gave the city $3 million (the other unions still didn't give squat) and he treats us like a baby treats a diaper.  BTW those figures include overtime, that is overtime LEIGHTON created but not hiring new firefighters as the old retire. We have a certain amount of positions that NEED to be filled every shift and without more FF's that creates overtime.  Leighton is a master at telling people half truths to make others look bad.

First off if this information is true and I have no reason to think it is not, then the firefighters of Wilkes-Barre are getting a bad rap.  It appears that they have stepped up to the plate to help while the mayor shifts money around and pleads poverty.  As I stated in my last Gripe, there are times the media does not give us the entire picture when the paint a story.  At no time do they mention overtime in the story as part of the total wages.  If the correct number of firefighters is not maintained it would only be natural that O.T. must be given.  The question I have is why have the police not stepped up to do their part?  Let me tell you why?  Three letters F.O.P..  I have dealt with these greedy bastards in the past and they are well known for milking a city or town dry with their threats of arbitration and court.  In many of our small towns it is a right of passage for their chief of police to retire on disability because of some small injury.  These injuries always seem to take place within a year or so of contract negotiations.

Let me sum this up for all of you.  Our city and it's surrounding towns are in deep financial distress.  Over the years the powers to be rubber stamped contracts with police, fire and public works which provided a very good wage and fantastic benefits with no vision toward the future.  Now this has jumped up and bit them on the budget buttocks.  It is time for the people to know exactly what is going on and what is going to be done to fix it.  It's time to curtail spending in our towns and cities so they can catch up to the real world of no raises and higher premium payments for health care.  It's time to stop looking toward the people with higher taxes to fix the problems.  The employees of Wilkes-Barre need to step up and do what is right for the city and it's residence.  It's time to join the "REAL WORLD"!     

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