cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Chris Micka, Deputy Clerk for Germantown sent along some facts concerning the past Presidential elections so far as turn-out relating to an earlier posting about turn-out vis a vis the referenda issues.
The Presidential races in 1996 drew 77.5% of the registered voters, and 79.6% of registered voters in 2000. 2004 had some 91.1% of registered voters turn out. Chris indicates that, while it is difficult to predict, she would not be surprised to see more than a 90% turn-out this year. That could generate something in the 12,000 voter range.
I am very happy to see that our Germantown voters have the civic-mindedness to vote in large numbers given all the important decisions that will be made that day.
The Local 200 Teamster members voted 214-0 against the Waste Management proposal last Friday and the same proposal was again voted on yesterday. The second ballot showed 199 against and 24 for the proposal.
The union leaders say they're ready and willing to resume discussions. The company says that it will scale back the proposal that had been on the table and that it will begin to solicit replacement workers.
The union says that the company cannot legally solicit replacements since it has lodged a complaint alleging unfair tactics against Waste Management with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). I guess that will sort itself out as time passes.
So far, our service has not suffered since the first pick-up that was delayed by about 24 hours. The question, from my perspective, is for how long can the imported workers be kept here to maintain service levels? They came from elsewhere and they must be causing some problems by being here rather than where they've come from. Sooner or later, it seems as though something will have to give on that side.
At the same time, how long will the union members be able to sit out? Most of us are having difficulty given the higher prices being charged for seemingly everything. That can't be easy if you're out on strike trying to get by on much less than you're accustomed to having available to spend.
The Germantown Village Board has two special meetings set. A meeting has been called for 7:30PM tonight with a closed session shown for personnel matters to be discussed.
A special meeting has been called for 6:30PM Tuesday night with a closed session shown for discussion of a possible land sale in a business park.