Chris Patterson quoted in Memphis Daily News
Chris serves on the Memphis/Shelby County Charter Commission. In the most recent Commission meeting, the members were discussing how to handle hiring/firing issues (i.e. civil service protection) in the to-be-proposed consolidated government.
Apparently, the unions were there protesting in an attempt to secure greater protection for employees than what is available in the private sector. Specifically, a top union official observed that many of his friends ask him for help in getting a government job because they know they can’t fired like they were from their job at a private company.
At which point Chris responded: “What is it about a government job that deserves more protection than an equal job in the private sector?”
Good question. I think the union official may have inadverently stumbled upon the problem.