If there was ever a doubt why so many people, myself included, have disdain for public sector employees, look no further than today's excellent story in the Union Sun & Journal by Joyce Miles.
The story focuses on Michael Collette, an 18-year member of the Lockport Fire Department. He has not worked since March 20 due to a back injury he says he suffered on the job. Was he hurt saving a life? Nope, he was lifting a box. Collette alleges that because of this box-lifting injury, he can't work. But on his Facebook page, Collette boasts about yachting on the Hudson River, traveling to Florida, buying a home and opening a second limo outlet in Naples — and planning a month-long “Great RV Tour” of the western United States. But he can't work. Oh, and he's collecting his full, taxpayer-funded salary of $67,000.
Yes, you are paying for this guy to live his twisted life of luxury. Not only are Lockport residents paying him to jaunt across the country, you are paying overtime for the personnel that is forced to work because he's off yachting. How freakin' sickening is that?
Collette is quite angered that the city would dare question the validity of his claim. In Miles' piece, he states, "It’s a slap in the face. I was injured at work; it’s on the record,” he said. “Plain and simple, the city has been illegally using my sick days. ... They’re jeopardizing my career, my future, my retirement and my hard-earned benefits." Well boo-freakin-hoo.
You are jeopardizing the ability of people to stay in their homes because stunts like this out of public sector leeches like you have driven our property taxes insanely high.
The city of Lockport is willing to put Collette on "light duty", which means he'd be assigned to dispatch. The union president, Randall Parker, insists the city has to “negotiate” terms before the union would allow a disabled member to be employed differently. I'm so sick and tired of these clowns with their bloated salaries, free health insurance, lifetime benefits, exquisite retirement package and their disgusting sense of entitlement. You are not entitled to a goddamn thing. Go out and get a job in the private sector and get a real taste of life.
I know, I know, you'll say come do my job. I don't want your job. What I want is to see every municipality evaluate every service they provide to see if the private sector can do it cheaper, including public safety, because this has to stop. We are being taxed to death and leeches like this guy will keep taking and taking until there's nothing left to take.