Arlington Council Put Civil Service on Ballot
Last night I did something at Council that I have never done before. I voted against a valid petition to put Civil Service on the ballot in Arlington by the Fire Fighter’s Union. I did this because I knew from the comments of my colleagues that it would pass and go on the ballot, but I could not support it.
We have given the Firemen one of the best jobs in the Metroplex. They work in the Best Big City in the South (Money Magazine), and receive one of the best wages in North Texas, for Fire Fighters. For all these things that have been given to them, the Union shows their gratitude by slapping Council and City Management in the Face. They want PERMANEANT JOBS!. The reality of this statement is that, under Civil Service a Fire Fighter could murder someone and we could only put him on Indefinite suspension . That’s right! Although he might be sitting on death row, the City of Arlington would still have him on our books because we can’t get rid of him. I hope the voters of Arlington have this knowledge when they step into the voting booth in May.