City Council’s vote to give themselves free lifetime health care causes outrage


THAT’S A WARMING TENT FOR THEM.
UPDATES AS THE STORY STOPS. UPDATES AS THE STORY STOPS.
— AS THE STORE DEVELOPS. — AS THE STORE DEVELOPS.
TIM PAMPLIN, LOCAL 4. TIM PAMPLIN, LOCAL 4.
>>Devin: IN WARREN, A GOLDEN>>Devin: IN WARREN, A GOLDEN
PARACHUTE GIVEN ON THE WAY OUT PARACHUTE GIVEN ON THE WAY OUT
THE DOOR. THE DOOR.
>>Kim: THE CITY PASSED A>>Kim: THE CITY PASSED A
RESOLUTION TO GRANT THEMSELVES RESOLUTION TO GRANT THEMSELVES
LIFETIME HEALTH CARE. LIFETIME HEALTH CARE.
6 OF THE 7 ON COUNCIL ARE NOT 6 OF THE 7 ON COUNCIL ARE NOT
COMING BACK, INCLUDING 4 WHO COMING BACK, INCLUDING 4 WHO
WERE TIME-LIMITED BY A SUPREME WERE TIME-LIMITED BY A SUPREME
COURT DECISION. COURT DECISION.
AND THIS IS GETTING SWIFT AND THIS IS GETTING SWIFT
ACTION. ACTION.
>>Jason: THE STORY BROKE ON>>Jason: THE STORY BROKE ON
SUNDAY AND HAS GOTTEN IMMEDIATE SUNDAY AND HAS GOTTEN IMMEDIATE
REACTION TODAY FROM MAYOR JIM REACTION TODAY FROM MAYOR JIM
FOUTS, PAT GREEN, AND SOME OF FOUTS, PAT GREEN, AND SOME OF
THE OUTGOING COUNCILMEMBERS WHO THE OUTGOING COUNCILMEMBERS WHO
SAY THEY DIDN’T REALIZE WHAT SAY THEY DIDN’T REALIZE WHAT
THEY WERE VOTING FOR, AND IF THEY WERE VOTING FOR, AND IF
THEY HAD, THEY WOULD HAVE VOTED THEY HAD, THEY WOULD HAVE VOTED
NO. NO.
IF YOU WORK FOR THE CITY OF IF YOU WORK FOR THE CITY OF
WARREN FOR AT LEAST 25 YEARS, WARREN FOR AT LEAST 25 YEARS,
YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GET FREE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GET FREE
LIFETIME HEALTH INSURANCE. LIFETIME HEALTH INSURANCE.
A RECENT RESOLUTION CHANGED THAT A RECENT RESOLUTION CHANGED THAT
TO EMPLOYEES WHO WORKED JUST 8 TO EMPLOYEES WHO WORKED JUST 8
YEARS AND WOULD BE RETROACTIVE YEARS AND WOULD BE RETROACTIVE
TO INCLUDE ALL PAST EMPLOYEES. TO INCLUDE ALL PAST EMPLOYEES.
WITH THIS AFFECTING THOUSANDS OF WITH THIS AFFECTING THOUSANDS OF
PEOPLE AND HAVING A GREAT PEOPLE AND HAVING A GREAT
FINANCIAL IMPACT ON THE CITY, FINANCIAL IMPACT ON THE CITY,
YOU MIGHT THINK THERE WOULD BE YOU MIGHT THINK THERE WOULD BE
LENGTHY DISCUSS ABOUT IT, BUT LENGTHY DISCUSS ABOUT IT, BUT
YOU WOULD BE WRONG. YOU WOULD BE WRONG.
THE RESOLUTION WAS READ AND THE RESOLUTION WAS READ AND
PASSED IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS. PASSED IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS.
>>IS THERE A DISCUSSION?>>IS THERE A DISCUSSION?
>>THIS WAS DONE TO THE BEST OF>>THIS WAS DONE TO THE BEST OF
OUR ABILITY AT THE TIME. OUR ABILITY AT THE TIME.
I DON’T THINK ANYTHING WAS DONE I DON’T THINK ANYTHING WAS DONE
TO SNEAK IT THROUGH. TO SNEAK IT THROUGH.
>>Jason: NOW FORMER COUNCIL>>Jason: NOW FORMER COUNCIL
SECRETARY SAID THIS VOTE WAS SECRETARY SAID THIS VOTE WAS
FAST BECAUSE IT WAS A FIRST TIME FAST BECAUSE IT WAS A FIRST TIME
IN THE PROCESS. IN THE PROCESS.
BUT HE DOES THINK COUNCILMEMBERS BUT HE DOES THINK COUNCILMEMBERS
WHO WERE TERM LIMITED SHOULD WHO WERE TERM LIMITED SHOULD
HAVE A CHANCE AT FREE LIFETIME HAVE A CHANCE AT FREE LIFETIME
HEALTH CARE. HEALTH CARE.
>>THERE’S NO WAY TO GET 25>>THERE’S NO WAY TO GET 25
YEARS UNDER THE NORMAL PLAN. YEARS UNDER THE NORMAL PLAN.
THE QUESTION TO ASK, COULD THERE THE QUESTION TO ASK, COULD THERE
HAVE BEEN MORE DISCUSSION? HAVE BEEN MORE DISCUSSION?
SURE. SURE.
BUT AT THE TIME, IT WASN’T BUT AT THE TIME, IT WASN’T
GUARANTEEING US LIFETIME GUARANTEEING US LIFETIME
INSURANCE OR ANY INSURACE. INSURANCE OR ANY INSURACE.
IT’S ASKING THE CITY TO CRUNCH IT’S ASKING THE CITY TO CRUNCH
THE NUMBERS AND DO THE RESEARCH. THE NUMBERS AND DO THE RESEARCH.
>>I’M OUTRAGED AND ANGRY ABOUT>>I’M OUTRAGED AND ANGRY ABOUT
WHAT TOOK PLACE. WHAT TOOK PLACE.
>>Jason: FOUTS SHOWED US IT WAS>>Jason: FOUTS SHOWED US IT WAS
SUBMITTED AT 5:50 P.M. ON SUBMITTED AT 5:50 P.M. ON
SEPTEMBER 13th, AFTER BUSINESS SEPTEMBER 13th, AFTER BUSINESS
HOURS, NULLIFYING ANY VETO AFTER HOURS, NULLIFYING ANY VETO AFTER
BUSINESS HOURS. BUSINESS HOURS.
>>IT WILL NOT BE IMPLEMENTED.>>IT WILL NOT BE IMPLEMENTED.
I GUARANTEE THAT. I GUARANTEE THAT.
>>Jason: AND THE COUNCIL>>Jason: AND THE COUNCIL
PRESIDENT SAID IT WOULD BE A PRESIDENT SAID IT WOULD BE A
PRIORITY TO UNWIND ALL OF THIS. PRIORITY TO UNWIND ALL OF THIS.
THE MAYOR’S OFFICE IS THE MAYOR’S OFFICE IS
INVESTIGATING AND WANTS TO KNOW INVESTIGATING AND WANTS TO KNOW
IF ANY OTHER CITY EMPLOYEES WERE IF ANY OTHER CITY EMPLOYEES WERE
INVOLVED IN DRAFTING THE INVOLVED IN DRAFTING THE
RESOLUTION AND THERE COULD BE RESOLUTION AND THERE COULD BE
REPERCUSSIONS. REPERCUSSIONS.
>>Kim: THE MAYOR DOES NOT LOOK>>Kim: THE MAYOR DOES NOT LOOK
PLEASED AND COULD THE CITY EVEN PLEASED AND COULD THE CITY EVEN
PAY FOR THIS? PAY FOR THIS?
>>Jason: YOU’RE INCLUDING A>>Jason: YOU’RE INCLUDING A
POOL OF PEOPLE THAT WEREN’T POOL OF PEOPLE THAT WEREN’T
COVERED BEFORE, AND WHAT THEY COVERED BEFORE, AND WHAT THEY
SAID IS THEY SKIPPED THAT STEP, SAID IS THEY SKIPPED THAT STEP,
BUT HE SAID THIS WAS THAT STEP, BUT HE SAID THIS WAS THAT STEP,
WHEN THEY KICK IT TO THE WHEN THEY KICK IT TO THE
RETIREMENT COMMITTEE, THEY’LL RETIREMENT COMMITTEE, THEY’LL
LOOK IT AN IT AND IF THEY CAN LOOK IT AN IT AND IF THEY CAN
PAY FOR IT, IT GOES FORWARD, PAY FOR IT, IT GOES FORWARD,
OTHERWISE IT’S DEAD IN THE OTHERWISE IT’S DEAD IN THE
WATER.

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