Enough is enough, and in the case of Burbank city employees, “enough” has become way too much.
Employees in all city departments — from entry level file clerks and receptionists, to upper-level management and department heads — enjoy an extremely generous compensation package consisting, at a minimum, of the following: salary levels that are the envy of their private-sector counterparts; city-paid family health and dental insurance; 12 days of paid sick leave per year (which is cumulative); 12 paid holidays per year; and finally, a city-funded defined benefit pension plan of such generosity that it is financially unsustainable (“Pensions pinch city purse,” March 2).
And to top it all off, we now learn that many city employees are paid bonuses. Bonuses are paid by private sector, profit-making businesses to reward the exceptional productivity of their employees when the company has a particularly profitable year. It is fundamentally wrong for a public employer, which is not a for-profit entity, using taxpayer/ratepayer dollars to provide extra compensation to government workers who already enjoy the generous benefits of public employment. It is inimical to the proper stewardship of public monies.