February 24th, 2011
Union leader Sandy Shaddock says our workforce is stressed to the limits.
Shaddock tells me, “Many departments are at half staff and employees have not been allowed to take vacation because they are so short. Now to add insult to injury employees are in fear. Fear of layoffs, fear of [...]
February 18th, 2011
I recently asked County Manager David Fanslau to explain the budget process and to answer some criticism.
Last April, Fanslau instituted a hiring freeze. Unions were told there would need to be about 200 employees to participate in the early retirement incentive program to avoid layoffs. Participation was far less.
February 10th, 2011
Union leader Sandy Shaddock maintains there is money in the budget for the County to live up to its agreements and avoid layoffs. County Manager David Fanslau and legislators argue such is not the case.
Every County in New York State is struggling. Sadly, Sullivan County Is close to the [...]
February 4th, 2011
Unions are suing, people are being fired. County workers are scared, scared of losing their jobs, and scared of retaliation if they speak up. The news keeps getting worse and worse. Sullivan County is on life support.
Legislators are labeling layoffs as being “sad and difficult,” and are holding unions [...]