What the heck is going on here? Whats this guy doing? Are there more ideas out there just floating in the ether ready to sink some chipped teeth into? In the CHIT show baby, anything goes. Make up your own rules, run your own campaign- Get out the vote, get out the way, the truth train rolling through- or is it?
Go crazy some times, and come out swinging totally distracting your opponent like the little boxer from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!
Propose 'wild' ideas like living wage and even a MAXIMUM WAGE! Do yourself a favor if you oppose that idea: just try to formulate the logic behind why one old white dude should make UP TO 300 TIMES the typical worker. You cant lift 300x more than her. CHIT, man, I bet you cant count 300x faster than her, do 300x more excel spreadsheets, eat 300x more caviar- its a joke masquerading as "free market" when the only thing free is the government kickback baby- now get in there and get you some!
I’m thoroughly opposed to efforts to privatize/outsource city services due to the simple fact that most of those who propose that “cost-saving” initiative stand to win big through city contracts or kickbacks to fellow corporate chums by utilizing low-wage no-benefit companies with typically shady employment practices.
I think employee representatives as well as employer representatives should be given equal weight in decision-making. The best model that actually helps businesses thrive is the european Works Councils shop-floor style arrangements, where labor agreements made at national or even regional levels can be tweaked and adjusted to local circumstances benefitting both employers and employees through cooperative communication channels.
COLA increases should be formalized and automatically included in annual budgets. I would enjoy learning more about a dedicated funding stream, not open to general funds requisitioning.
Of course. I have no problem with a defined pension payment plan. As a result of my years of service in the Carpenters Union (United Brotherhood of Carpenters - Local 223), I am fully vested in my own pension plan that I plan on enjoying if I ever reach retirement age, and sharing with my family.
A defined pay-in plan is tricky mostly due to the whims of the “invisible hand of the marketplace” which upon further inspection is neither invisible nor acting unaided by special interests. Having a retirement plan at the whims of the marketplace does not provide security to working families, because the market is irrational and the house always wins.
An 8-year member of the Carpenters Union, I went through their 4-year apprenticeship program after college, in pursuit of a trade education. Working on the shop floor, I rose from apprentice to journeyman to head of a department and eventually getting general foreman pay. I left the UBC in 2015 and retired my card, to engage in a professional acting career. I was a series regular on a show on CMT called “Still the King” and qualified and join SAG-AFTRA, the union for actors and presenters on TV and radio. I am currently a member of SAG-AFTRA, which has one of its few locals here in Nashville, TN, and regularly participate in committee and outreach work.
Income equality is obviously a problem, nationally and locally: wealth continues to be accumulated in fewer and fewer hands but most people are placated by trinkets, gadgets and the consumption of more goods. My candidacy has a comedic angle so it allows to me to suggest ‘crazy’ ideas such as this one: not only an increase in the minimum wage to a living wage level (which adjusts annually), but I would thoroughly enjoy debating a ‘maximum wage’ and force my opponent to explain to me how any man (typically CEOs are men) should earn up to 300x the typical worker. It’s totally absurd, with most executive compensation packages a reflection of their ability to bring down other (primarily labor) costs and rarely reflective of innovations in management.
I would love to learn more about MOUs with unions, as I think the role of local government should not only be to provide services to citizens, meaningful work to employees, but also help encourage responsible trade-based education for private employment. I find it ironic that companies, who have spent fortunes to destroy labor unions and their apprenticeship programs, are then confused that there is not an abundant well-trained labor pool.
I think the giveaways and incentive packages are completely befuddling in a town which needs to do neither. We have the leverage. (Were supposed to be IT city, right?) yet gave away the largest windfall in a generation in order to cull favor with developers and potential employers. My experience is that often these programs provide enormous amounts of money to companies who quite often fail to perform their promised job-creation. I absolutely agree there should be some mechanism that would hold recipients of state and local giveaways to their promises.
Im a big fan of Community Benefit Agreements. I think the more people at the table from the beginning, the better. I have plenty to learn about CBAs, but completely applaud the fact that developers should be required to meet with relevant stake-holders on any project. The fewer people involved typically the more problematic a project. With more groups exchanging ideas in open communication the better; teh CBA also helps formalize the discussion. I have been to way too many community meetings, where developers essentially give a marketing pitch and pretend they will incorporate participant input, only to stick to a short-sighted plan that makes them the most money the fastest way possible.