The city employee union (kind of - they are "classified employees" or "non-management") has snuck in some egregious changes to the the rules during the Charter Review process. City Council is set to blindly accept some very serious changes in the rules that means YOU THE TAXPAYER are getting screwed. You can watch the videos of the meetings to see how all this went down and how Lisa Turner, David Thackston and Isela the Terrible's son showed up to one (or two) charter meetings and screwed YOU.
In the section of THIS DOCUMENT labeled: "Section 6.13-3 CAUSES OF SUSPENSION, REDUCTION OR DISCHARGE" there are five changes you need to know about.
The explanation of each item falls under the description:
A. Conviction of, or deferred adjudication community supervision for, a felony or of a Class A or B misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
I. Exerting improper use of political influence Failure to meet or maintain qualifications, including but not limited to, failing to obtain or maintain required certificates, licenses or other credentials established for the employee’s position or classification;
J. Inducing or assisting another to commit an unlawful act; Reserved;
K. Exerting improper influence on behalf of a relative Deliberate or careless conduct endangering the safety of self or others;
L. Engaging in improper political activity; Reserved;
Let's take these one at a time. Remember - I linked to the full document so you can check my work and you watch the meeting videos to see how they came up.
Item "A" is pretty simple. No longer can the city deny that pedophile a transfer to the library or that guy convicted of intoxicated manslaughter his right to drive a Sun Metro bus. LUCKY YOU! Your city is open to pedophiles and rapists.
Item "I" is also simple. They just took out the rule against using "improper use of political influence" in your job with the city and replaced it with something completely unrelated. So, if you're a politically connected employee at the city, you can have your favorite city council member fire anybody you want - or at a minimum single them out and make their life a living hell. Does anyone smell the smoke from the burning city hall in Sunland Park yet?
Item "J" makes it okay for a city employee to commit a crime with another employee or help them commit a crime without the fear of losing their job. The example that was given in in the meeting was of a Sun Metro employee taking the parts from the shop for his own financial gain with full knowledge and help of other employees in doing it. Basically this means a city employee may not be fired, demoted or given a frowny face for stealing from the taxpayers. HOLY SHIT! Seriously, if you are not pissed by now, you should be. The "reserved" part means they chose not to replace the rule with some completely unrelated rule like they did above.
Item "K" is another one where they just simply erased the old rule and replaced it with something completely different. Now a city employee can give a relative a building permit they don't have the proper paperwork for without fear of being fired. They can also grease the wheels with everything from parking tickets to property taxes. Why not take away the rule that keeps employees from breaking the rules on behalf of their family? I mean, what's a job with the city if you can't give your family perks?
Item "L" is the grandaddy of them all. The one thing that was holding the city employees back from turning the City of El Paso into the City of Socorro was the fact they couldn't openly campaign on city time using city resources. Need 1,000 color copies of your campaign flyer? Just hit up your friend who works at the city who supports your candidate - he will make them o the city color copier using city paper. Need those flyers handed out? That city health inspector can carry those flyers to each place he visits and encourage those establishments to post the flyer in exchange for a better score on their inspection. After all, items I, J and K cover their ability to give out false scores to restaurants based on favors given by said restaurants. This deletion turns the 6,000 employees at the city into one giant campaign machine.
Just think about it - city employees can now send emails to each other soliciting campaign contributions for their favorite council member. They can use the database of addresses of El Paso citizens to mail out campaign material on city time using city envelopes, paper and stamps. There is nothing anyone can do about it. There's no longer a rule governing any of these actions.
Way to go El Paso... Way to go... And you people are electing the candidates supported by the idiots who forced all these changes. Priceless. No company will ever move to El Paso because you are legislating corruption into your employee handbook. You are literally making corruption legal. Unbelievable.
And the next time you hear Lisa Turner pound her fist about corruption - remember that she voted for all these changes to happen. The same with Isela the Terrible's son and David Thackston (RINO). Watch the video. These people hurt your city. Watch the video.