For the record- ED RENDELL (D) DESTROYED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR PUBLIC WORKERS IN PHILADELPHIA 15 YEARS AGO WHEN HE HAD THE PICA LAW PASSED IN PENNSYLVANIA. HE WAS HAILED AS A HERO BY THE LOCAL AND NATIONAL MEDIA AT THE TIME FOR “GETTING SPENDING UNDER CONTROL”. Al Gore called him “Americas Mayor”.
Ed Rendell was Chris Christie, and Scott Walker long before these guys were in office. Michael Nutter has tried to BREAK THE FIREFIGHTERS UNION IN PHILADELPHIA. That is UNPRECEDENTED! Yet where is the occupation of Philadelphia city hall? Where is the national media painting a picture of our plight? Nowhere! Instead we are portrayed as greedy overtime whores while fire companies close and kids die. Pretty disgusting stuff. Read this excerpt:
“He believed very strongly that he could make a difference in Philadelphia,” says David Cohen, Rendell’s chief of staff. “But it wasn’t an easy decision to make. The press had written his political obituary in 1990. If he was mentioned at all, it was in the ‘washed-up’ category, not the I it ‘shining lights’ category.”
But what Philadelphia residents needed was tough love, and Rendell was the only candidate in 1991 to give it to them. “I was determined to tell people what I planned to do,” he told the New York Times. “If they didn’t want it, I was reconciled to not winning.”
His 68-percent-of-the-vote victory was all the validation he needed. Rendell set about his economic fix with the zeal of one given a last shot at immortality. He slashed spending to the bone, eliminated nearly 1,500 city jobs (7 percent of the workforce) and instituted one of the most massive competitive contracting programs the country has ever seen. So far, the city has subjected 37 different city services, including custodial work, maintenance services and security at its art museum, to its competitive contracting program. Thirty-three of the services have been contracted out; four were won by the municipal workforce.
Additionally, when it looked like state funding for child welfare services might be cut, Rendell threatened to sue then-governor Bob Casey.
Most importantly, however, Rendell took on the unions. Less than a year into his first term, the mayor offered city workers a contract that would freeze wages for almost three years and cut benefits. “What he did was not easy,” Cohen says. “But not a single municipal worker got laid off, and there were no pay cuts. He cut benefits, but Philadelphia workers still have among the best pension and benefits plans in the country. I think the average municipal worker wasn’t that upset that he lost Flag Day as a holiday. In fact, it might have been embarrassing, being the only guy on the block who had Flag Day off.”
The unions, predictably, struck. Rendell fought back, taking his case to the citizens. Without public support, the strike lasted 16 hours. LINK
Let’s cross out Ed Rendell and replace it Chris Christie… anyone??? These two are so similiar it is scary right down to their weight issues. However their treatment by the media is ENTIRELY OPPOSITE. Go figure.