Bad news for Phoenix as 1000 jobs cut

Labor groups wary of Gordon’s proposals

Phoenix will likely eliminate 1,000 positions next year as part of city officials’ effort to slash the budget by up to $250 million because of the ailing economy and a drop in tax collections.

Phoenixx Mayor Phil Gordon’s announcement marked the first time the city acknowledged how many of its 14,000 jobs could be eliminated.  Most of those staffing cuts will be through attrition, meaning the city will not replace people who leave. The city’s annual budget is $1.2 billion.

The mayor said he and his staff will voluntarily take one furlough day each month without pay, and that he would ask all other city employees to do the same. Gordon said he plans to meet with union representatives to request that employees forgo pay raises for one year to avert some layoffs.

Labor groups are wary of the proposal. Richard Clewis, of the Administrative, Supervisory, Professional and Technical Employees Association, said he understands the severity of Phoenix’s fiscal challenges but wants leaders to evaluate every option before cutting staff. The organization represents 3,600 city workers.

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6 Responses to Bad news for Phoenix as 1000 jobs cut

  1. CrackleGator says:

    Career politicians like Phil Gordon realize their bread is buttered by the entrenched bureaucracies and, therefore, he is reluctant to axe unneeded positions. He wants to wimp it out through attrition, a time-honored coward’s way of cutting payroll.
    The problem with that is, once we anticipate a rise in government income, the worthless positions will all be filled.
    If crooks like Gordon were honest they’d take a conscientious red pen and eliminate all the unneeded, overlapping, bogus departments and commissions and bureaus and auxiliary services that give Phoenix its bloated, stumblebum profile. Lop off the fat from this city turkey and let’s ride lean and mean.
    Gordon, manage the budget, not your resumé.

  2. Ron D says:

    Here’s a little hint for Gordon. Eliminate your sanctuary city policy and guess what? Costs actually go down. The legal citizenry is as tired of paying for the lawless to be here as you are. Give our city budget a break. Start discouraging illegal immigration.

  3. RA says:

    Bet “Mr. Phil’s” furlough day is a Sunday.

  4. Night Owl says:

    Excellent observation on our shifty mayor! You’re on the top of your game today, RA! Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. RA says:

    Night Owl – Thank you – and since I caught your post a bit late, I hope you too had a Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. ron says:

    I do know the Phoenix streets are now on a 50 year repair cycle – up from the 20 they were on.

    Don’t break your axles driving through towns, folks.