There is something inherently wrong about certain Kern County Firefighter’s overtime pay as reported by James Burger in the Aug. 7 Californian. One firefighter earned more than three times his base salary. It embodies much of what is wrong with public unions, in my opinion. With the private sector, profit is a function of productivity. Productivity creates variable compensation such as bonuses, profit sharing and stock options. Neither profit nor productivity is a factor in government. They exist only for themselves. Spending is not related to productivity, but to the power of employee numbers. Public union gains must almost always have taxes raised or new bonds to compensate for it.

Gary L. Hoetker


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