As if we needed more evidence of how willing Gov. Scott Walker is to scratch the backs of those few unions who support him, Gov. Walker has proposed giving State Troopers a 17% pay raise as part of their negotiated union contract.
Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday they will reject a 17% pay raise for state troopers negotiated by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said they want the GOP governor’s administration to enter a new round of negotiations with the troopers. The Legislature has the final say on whether to approve any labor contracts.
“I just can’t support a raise that big,” Vos told reporters.
But troopers said they deserve a substantial pay hike because they have gone years without a boost in pay. Trooper Randy Gordon said in his nine years on the job he’s gotten just one raise. Some of his colleagues make so little they qualify for heating assistance, he said.
I can certainly empathize with trooper Randy Gordon’s comments about some of his colleagues qualifying for heating assistance, because I know many college-educated, highly qualified public employees who’ve had to resort to taking second jobs as bartenders and waitresses just to make ends meet.
As steep a pay hike as Gov. Walker was willing to give State Troopers, it’s worth noting that according to the Journal Sentinel report trooper Gordon thought the State Troopers should have gotten an even steeper pay increase.
“I think it’s intolerable that it’s only 17%. I think it should be higher than that,” trooper Gordon said, showing a stunning amount of greed for what by any accounts is a HUGE raise, given the fact that other public employees have seen their take-home pay decline since Gov. Walker declared war on public employee unions.
If trooper Randy Gordon wants to whine and complain about how paltry a 17% pay increase is, I’d invite him to try taking a 12% cut in his take-home pay, as many public employees I know have done. Perhaps then Randy Gordon won’t be so ungrateful and downright greedy.