Establishment Clause Violation, Much?

Seen late Saturday afternoon:

A city can afford not only to have a wholly unconstitutional position but also allocate a city vehicle for it whilst

MICHIGAN CITY COMMON COUNCIL

 

RESOLUTION No. 4436

 

RECOMMENDING THE USE OF VOLUNTARY FURLOUGHS FOR CITY EMPLOYEES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO LAY-OFFS AND REDUCTION OF EMPLOYEE BENEFITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SAVING CITY REVENUES

 

WHEREAS, the City of Michigan City and its various departments and agencies are suffering financial hardship due to decreased revenues resulting from both delayed property tax collections and newly implemented tax caps; and

 

WHEREAS, certain budget cuts and decreases in spending by the City, its department, and agencies are necessary due to the decrease in revenues; and

 

WHEREAS, there are various methods for decreasing spending that include laying off current City employees; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council believes that, in order to minimize the financial hardship to City employees, a better alternative to employee lay-offs would be to allow those City employees who wish to do so to volunteer to take unpaid furloughs to the extent their financial conditions allow and the quality of City services provided to its citizens is not significantly diminished; and

 

WHEREAS, unpaid, voluntary employee furloughs have been used successfully by other municipalities in Indiana and by businesses across the country as a viable alternative to the often devastating result of a mandated lay-off as a means to address temporary revenue shortfalls; and

 

WHEREAS, unpaid voluntary employee furloughs are a less harmful and more employee friendly alternative to having to decrease employee benefits due to revenue shortfalls; and

 

WHEREAS, employees accepting unpaid voluntary furloughs in order to prevent one or

more co-employees from being laid off will increase the esprit de corps among City employees.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Michigan City that it recommends to the Mayor of Michigan City that he direct that before any employee of any department or agency of the City is layed off due to revenue shortfall, the employees of that department or agency offer their employees the opportunity to accept unpaid, voluntary employee furloughs as a means to address the revenue shortfall. In addition, the City should use unpaid, voluntary furloughs as a means to avoid reductions in employee benefits that may otherwise be necessary due to revenue shortfalls. However, in no event should any such furloughs be permitted to the extent they would substantially compromise the City department or agency’s ability to fulfill its duties and responsibilities to the citizens of Michigan City.

 

This Resolution shall take effect after the same has been passed by the Michigan City Common Council, approved by the Mayor, and any necessary publication.

 

Introduced By: /s/ Ron Meer, Member

 

Michigan City Common Council

 

Okay, that was from a little over a year ago – but I have a suspicion that nothing has changed in 13 months to cause the city to be so flush with moolah that, even if recognizing an establishment of religion via employment of it was constitutional, it can economically justify employing it.



I’m just sayin’….

and observin’.

2 Responses to Establishment Clause Violation, Much?

  1. Kathleen says:

    In the MA budget crisis of the mid late 80’s – I was required to have an unpaid furlough – wehrre I was required to work by the Commonwealth as I was considered essential personnel.

    Everything old is new again

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