Michael Evans, head of the local Democratic Party, told me late last year that his troops see privatization of public services as a volatile issue in Campaign 2016.
I thought privatization was dead after the city unions in June 2013 successfully stopped Swearengin’s effort to outsource the city’s residential trash service.
But maybe privatization is a catch-all for Administration-union relations. Employees gave up a lot (via their contracts) to keep the city solvent during the Great Recession. They want to be made whole. They want their compensation to keep pace with the cost of living.
Swearengin as far back as her first term said she wanted to reform the city’s compensation practices, bringing them more in line with Fresno’s challenges and needs.
City employees – victims or fat cats?