Thursday, August 3, 2017

Julie Ali Just now · NationBuilder · Time to cut the fat at the top of the pyramid of power.

Time to cut the fat at the top of the pyramid of power.
Proposal would ‘reset’ public sector compensation in order to help balance Alberta’s budget and get Albertans back to work.
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  • The ABCs (agencies, boards and commissions) take a big chunk out of our every year’s provincial budget. I don’t know what sort of regulations have been put in by the NDP folks about compensation but they are not enough. For example the CEO of AHS is making a substantial salary as is the CEO of Covenant Health. These positions -in my opinion-are overcompensated for. The universities and colleges are also forking out big bucks for faculty and executive staff. I doubt that we are going to be able to afford these salaries in the future. 

    The PCs wasted a ton of cash in terms of compensation of the former health authorities and the creation of AHS was best in terms of amalgamation of all the previous health authorities and their expensive CEOs / executive staff. However the current CEO and executive staff at AHS need to have their compensation reviewed and pruned. Covenant Health is a private entity and yet it has similar overcompensation in place for its CEO and executive staff with our public dollars and possibly supplemented with Covenant Health funds. It’s not acceptable in my opinion that the elite are buffered from the economic woes of the rest of society. The money that can be saved from the ABCs is substantial and ongoing. 

    I doubt that the UCP will do anything about these compensation packages and will simply go after front end staff. Too bad. The real waste is at the top and in the numbers of managers supervising managers for chatter sessions without deliverables. No matter who is hired we can’t keep this ongoing haemorrhage of cash from the ABCs and GOA departments continuing. How many GOA workers do we need to run the province? Not as many as we currently have. Each and every employee needs to have deliverables or be out the door. We’re not a charity and why should we pay for workers -including politicians who don’t do anything for us?
  • looking at the comments of the ndp people trying to save their gravy train mainly public service workers who put themselves first before the good of the province your 9/6/3 plan will never work it just makes the public sector angry and is not even close to whats needed Alberta needs a strong leader who can understand and communicate who starts fireing people and make it law that no one is forced to be part of a union you Schweitzer are being a politician not a leader and if you want alberta to support you be a leader not a politician
  • We need to hold the large oil companies accountable for the cost of doing business in Alberta and stop putting the burden on the tax payers of Alberta. You want blame the current NDP government for the financial mess that we are in and the borrowing the has been done. Where is the money that the Conservative government miss managed for the 41 years they governed this province. The orphaned well program should not even exist but the Conservative government never held the large oil companies responsible for clean up, instead allowing these companies to ignore their responsibilities through loop holes and just plain ignoring the situation altogether. The public sector wants to hear concrete plans on how the government parties plan to invigorate the slumping economy, not where the money can be grabbed back.
  • Not surprisingly, comments re: 9/6/3 plan posted by members of the public sector on social media indicate that they (in particular teachers who have already experienced wage freezes for many years) do not support further freezes let alone your desire for a 3% wage roll back. Not only have front line workers not faced wage increases, but they’ve been burdened with undesirable working conditions (teachers facing extremely large classes with diminished resources and supports). Why should they carry the burden of an increased tax rate and a wage cut while wealthy individuals see a tax cut as you institute a return to flat taxes? 

    Your social policies are compatible with leftist or centrist views rather than those of your chosen party (as indicated by years of party members’ comments and voting records records on human rights bills in addition to the party selection of interim leader); however, your fiscal targets are so far right that they support the old boys’ network of financially advantaged businessmen who comprise your party. Hence, I respect your moral compass, but I seriously question why you feel the necessity of solving Alberta financial woes by targeting frontline workers rather than those individuals and corporations with considerable means and not necessarily in line with your morality.
  • So, the fact that public sector managers, and all ABC’s will have been in a wage freeze for 3 years, ending March of 2019, will effectively mean that you will be rolling back wages on those individuals to pre-2016 wages…perhaps a little more thought should go into this plan…
  • Does this mean doctors will get a %6 wage cut?
  • I suspect you will be in good company, as other UCP leadeship candidates will join you in the race to “rebalance” the public/private sector inequities. Alberta had a very protracted run of top salary and wage increases that put both sectors at the top of provincial comparisons. It is interesting that your campaign focuses primarily on claw-backs from the public sector and a redistribution of this revenue to high earning individuals and corporations in the way of tax cuts. You actions would seem to be the very opposite of the NDP, and about as punitive as the NDP policies are to business growth. I would argue that two wrongs do not make a right.
  • As of March 16, 2017, regulations governing compensation for CEOs of boards, agencies, and commissions became effective. These regulations do indeed eliminate what some individuals have deemed as excessive (e.g., bonuses, executive market modifiers, perks) in addition to capping severance to 12 months, and outining financial compensation (base salary and benefits) aligning with the public sector which, in many cases, results in cuts. Renumeration is in effect for all new appointees, reappointees, and incumbents after a 2 year notification period. To be fair to all parties involved, I believe no further action should be considered without permitting a fair trial to determine if the March actions are sufficient. 

    The list of agencies, boards, and commissions is substantial. However, after reviewing the listing, I’d be reluctant to eliminate or merge bodies without significant analysis. Each body serves distinctive needs and checks in the system. For example, amalgamation of agencies which address similiar segements of the public or industry could actually render inefficient services resulting in catastrophic decisions or oversights.
  • I am curious what you would do about the major numbers of ABCs (agencies, boards and commissions). Would you amalgamate or prune severely? I believe that most of our yearly budget services the ABCs. Just decreasing compensation and controlling future increases to inflation levels would not reduce the yearly costs of the ABCs. Something needs to be done and I don’t believe any of the political parties are willing to touch the problem of ABC excesses.

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