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4/13/11

The Truth About the Right-Wing’s Latest Scheme to Punish Workers

by Tefere Gebre

Throughout the state, local unions have worked with cities to save jobs and continue to provide quality services. But in Costa Mesa, Mayor Gary Monahan and Councilman Jim Righeimer -- who were the forces behind anti-union Props 226 and 75 – met in secret as a two-man working group to hatch their latest scheme.  In a purely political move, they rushed the City Council into sending layoff notices to 213 of the City’s 472 workers, including firefighters, maintenance workers and jail staff.

Despite their own studies showing this misguided agenda will cost taxpayers more for outsourced services, Monahan and Righeimer chose politics over facts. Their anti-union actions were cheered by the Chair of the Orange County Republican Party who called Costa Mesa “Ground Zero” in a plot to roll back workers wages, rights and protections.


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