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    Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

    CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – Camden City Council, as expected, voted Thursday to lay off almost 400 workers, half of them police officers and firefighters, to bridge a $26.5 million deficit.

    That’s about a quarter of the city’s entire work force.

    Five members of City Council voted unanimously to approve the layoff plan — two other members were absent. The cuts take effect in mid-January.

    Exactly how many city workers will be affected is still an open question, although nearly half the city’s police and a third of the firefighters are slated to go.

    Karl Walco (right) is with the union that represents non-uniformed Camden city workers.

    “If we agreed to everything that the city proposed in concessions, it would only have a minor impact on the number of layoffs,” Walco told the council members.

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    “We didn’t put a price tag on public safety. Unfortunately, the governor of the State of New Jersey put that price tag on it,” he said at the packed Council meeting.

    Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs « CBS Philly – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Philadelphia

    Sounds like Greece to me...This ought to make Philly more desirable to move to....


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    Re: Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

    2nd highest crime rate in the country... and half the police area about to go bye bye.... sweet.

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    Re: Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    2nd highest crime rate in the country... and half the police area about to go bye bye.... sweet.
    Time to head to Bass Pro Shop and stock up on some more slugs, and .00


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    Re: Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

    Without knowing the revenue Structure it's had to come up with suggestions to help them out of this mess. But one thing is clear and it turns up every time we hear a horror story about fiscal ruin of a City or a State, and that is the presents of Unions.

    It's time to wake to reality the attitude that Unions are needed is flat wrong. Unions had their day but today State and Federal laws protect workers in the areas that spawned Unions.

    Off the top of my head I would say that in the short term knowing what I do about City Government and Law enforcement, I would suggest that the City start an armed citizen volunteer Posse to and team them up with regular officers.

    I would also suggest dumping all unions and look into replacing the vast majority of City workers with private industry contracts.

    Just to name a few. It's high time that people understand that lack taxes is not the problem, over spending is.

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    Re: Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

    Some firefighters and police must be sacrificed in order to get our hands on the jugular vein of the public sector unions.

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    Re: Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

    At least taxes wont go up
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    Re: Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

    Sounds like a bad time to stop the oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania.
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    Re: Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    At least taxes wont go up
    Don't demean yourself with snide comments. What's happening here is serious stuff.

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    Re: Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    At least taxes wont go up
    The entitlement class won't miss their government check this month, either.
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    Re: Camden City Council Approves Massive Police And Fire Layoffs

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    Don't demean yourself with snide comments. What's happening here is serious stuff.
    of course it is serious

    A local government is making serious cutbacks to the number of people it employs. In doing so it is drastically reducing the number of police and firefighters it employs.

    Is it a risky move, most definately, but I doubt the city had much in the way of options other then raising taxes, or declaring bankruptcy. I expect raising taxes would have caused at least as big an issue. Cutting pensions of retired workers would be breaking contracts, and given the howls of protest when the government wanted to reduce or eliminate the bonus's owed to AIG employees, ( in breech of contracts) I am certain most people would not be in favor of breeching the contracts by reducing the pensions to retired workers
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