No surprise here to read in the Virgin Islands Daily News that the unionized government workers are saying, "No Way!" to the possibility of layoffs, furloughs or wage freezes in the face of a way-underwater Territorial budget. Moreover, the unions said their members expect pay increases next year.
Senators and union leaders,meeting lat week, agreed on little.
But the president of the police union on St. Croix realizes he's got no leverage in his opposition. "The possibility of layoffs are built into the union’s collective bargaining agreement," he told the senators. The Virgin Islands Daily News explained, "All that is required is 20 days notice from the governor. I f the government has to lay off workers, the union can do nothing about it."
- Read the Daily News story: http://bit.ly/aqs6cM