Concord City Offices Closed October 19th for Furlough Day – More Protests Planned

October 9, 2012 · 29 comments

City of Concord offices will be closed Friday October 19th for an unpaid furlough day. Facilities to be closed include the Civic Center complex (1950 Parkside Drive), Public Works (1455 Gasoline Alley), Concord Community Pool (3501 Cowell Rd.), the Concord Senior Center (2727 Parkside Circle), Centre Concord (5298 Clayton Rd.), Willow Pass Community Center (2748 East Olivera Rd.) and Police Headquarters (1350 Galindo St.). Police patrol and dispatch operations will not be affected by the closure.

As a cost-saving measure, City employees are taking 13 unpaid furlough days during the year, which equates to a five percent reduction in pay.

Opponents are calling these furlough days “illegal”, and plan to protest.

1 DoReMi October 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Are the pensioners and executives taking furlough cuts too?

2 Ex con October 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Whocares pathetic crybabies

3 mike mac October 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

How about closing them a few more days and reevaluate pensions for all.

4 Triple Canopy October 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Just to reiterate, the executive staff is exempted from the furlough days. So, their high-dollar daily salary is on your backs Concordians!

5 anon October 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

But aren’t they salaried so no matter how many hours they work they get the same pay? Where as if other work extra they get overtime or comp time?

6 Concord guy October 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

fire the ingrates!

7 GD98 October 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

@5 Probably true. Which makes me wonder if their pay was cut an equal amount.

8 B. Willson October 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Whine, whine, whine…. how ’bout doing some work for once?

9 Babs October 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I just don’t understand some people, you complain about city services and then you want to dock the very people who provide those services Concord where families comes first, just not are lowest paid families. But we can spend money on things like Camp Concord, which we don’t even own so people can go on vacation!!!! Would bet our city workers can’t afford to go to Camp.

10 angry old man October 9, 2012 at 8:01 PM

5% reduction in pay? try 40% reduction in pay like the rest of the world.Got no sympathy for these people.

11 Triple Canopy October 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM

@5.. if it’s a furlough day, no one is supposed to get paid regardless if they are salary. They treat the day like a weekend day and it should be deducted at the daily rate from the executive staff’s pay. But of course they exempted themselves.. how convenient.

12 NRA #1 fan and member October 9, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Go ahead and protest. I’ll drive around and around so you can smell my diesel fumes frommy truck. Fire all these lazy workers

13 GardenGal October 9, 2012 at 9:02 PM

My company also instituted furlough days. I feel fortunate to have a job, even without paid medical or a pension.

14 So sad... October 9, 2012 at 9:02 PM

… that so many of you folks would rather try to drag everybody into poverty than do anything to improve yourselves. You won’t be happy until everybody is making minimum wage with no benefits. It’s very short-sighted.

15 Antler October 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Babs, you start getting ugly about Camp Concord and I’m gonna swipe your shrimp cocktail next time! ;-)

16 Safety Second October 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Fire all these public sector union whiners. Plenty of qualified replacements who will do their jobs for 25% less pay and benefits.

17 Okee Dokee October 10, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Babs – I agree on the Camp Concord thing. Only a city that has a disproportionate share of low income people would have to run a summer camp. Notice Lafayette, Orinda, Alamo, heck even Martinez and Pleasant HIll don’t have a city sponsored camp…….
And how many families from the Monument Sector does the city send to camp for free??????????????????????
And So Sad #14…So true. The mass amount of losers on Claycord want everyone to be a loser just like them………That is why they can spend 24/7 on Claycord.

18 @angry old man October 10, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Why don’t we cut your SSI by 40%. You probably don’t deserve it.

19 Jojo Potato October 10, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Good for them, take the day off. Even better, don’t come back. Bunch of bloodsuckers!

20 GoGo Gomez October 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Babs has a point about the camp…when we are cutting the hours of the hard working people of our city…some that don’t make jack…something is wrong.

21 Antler October 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Hi, GoGo! Best not to link the two subjects as being causative of one another.

22 Concord Homeowner October 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I work in the private sector and my employer cut my hours and pay by 10% and now, I have every other Friday off. Besides my 10% pay cut, I employer has gotten rid of our profit shareing plan. I am not sure what the City of Concord employees are complaining about. Welcome to the real world of cutbacks! They all are a bunch of winers that are funded by the taxpayers that lack any sense of gratitude for their jobs or benefits.

23 @22 October 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

You employer is about profit and the city is about providing services to the community. They have cut back do some research and you will find that out. It is Friday already or you on your lunch break?

24 DoReMi October 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I hear ya, Concord Home owner. The Husbands boss is considering dropping his healthcare package because of the upcomming tax increase. he told everyone expect another 2000.00 a year. But that is only 166 per month or 83 dollars bi monthly. Right? By all means, tax us more so union members can get their pay hike. Oh and don’t forget to raise the cost of your services too.

25 Babs October 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

#12, funny I look at it differently, …when the Camp came up it seemed a certain different economic level of people wanted it….and I can’t see spending city money to help people who can afford a camp to go. We pour money into the Camp and we don’t even own it and not even that many people go to it….it’s exactly like the golf course issue. But that is another issue. We passed Measure Q and city has given raises to mgt., why is it always the lowest paid that take the hit? Our city council gets money for benefits and lifetime medical and our parttime works don’t get poop.

26 angry old man October 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

At # 18 You must work for a City or a School District.Gather some FACTS before your next post.

27 Teacher Wannabe October 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM

#26. What about the school district? Teachers are some of the hardest working, underpaid groups. MDUSD plans 9 furlough days. Its the kids who suffer.

28 B. Willson October 11, 2012 at 7:13 AM

@#27…..

Then you might want to reconsider your career choice.

There are a FEW hard-working/underpaid teachers….. the rest are just coasting along with the unions, whining about their paychecks and claiming they need more $$$$ because “it’s for the children.”

Bullcrap – it’s all about the unions and I’ve seen NOTHING to prove otherwise.

29 nh October 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM

How about the 11 furlough days that teachers and educatators have been hit with? Vote yes on 30 and no on 32 and lets take back out pay checks!

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