I find it appalling that the proposal from Jon Kaiman, chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, to county unions actually pretends to be a solution to a three-year illegal wage freeze.
Unions have challenged the pay freeze in court. Kaiman’s solution is a slap in the face to every hard-working county employee. These are people who have signed up for a job that had a certain pay scale, only to have the plan frozen in time while expenses continued to increase steadily.
The pay freeze may have helped a collapsed budget for the short term, however, it has done far more serious harm to a great workforce that serves the public. Savings accounts are depleted, credit-card debt is soaring, mortgages have been refinanced to longer terms and houses have been sold — all because the Nassau County budget problem falls on the backs of employees and not on the political leaders who can’t manage one of the richest counties in New York.