We got to thinking about this bonus business for public employees and came up with a plan that should define the compensation system. It is really quite simple.
Public employees are EXPECTED to do a good job, be on time and not absent from work. Those who do good things and follow the rules should be fairly and adequately compensated for their efforts.
They also deserve some job security–unlike what county employees apparently will have under the new “at will” classification which will allow firing without cause.
Anything “extra” a public employe does should be compensated through overtime, promotions, salary increases, or compensatory time off. To use surplus tax money for one-time bonuses is merely redistribution of the wealth.
BONUSES should be awarded only to those who risk their lives “above and beyond the call of duty” or quantifiably save money for the taxpayers through:
–whistle blowing which reveals corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse.
–suggesting cost-savings procedures they are otherwise not paid to perform.
If all workers deserve more money, make across the board raises. It is hard to tell them they are worth an extra $200 this year, but next year they are not.
To simply “share the wealth” from tax collections is inappropriate use of public money in the GUARDIAN’s opinion.
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