The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Jun 20, 2013

City, County and State Employees Continue to Receive Brutal Treatment

Gov. Martinez claimed state employees including teachers would be receiving a 1% pay increase. Martinez failed to mention healthcare insurance would be going up and contributions to retirement would also be going up. The increase will affect all public workers from the City, County and State.

The B-I-G 1% increase is the first for state workers since 2008 (FIVE YEARS).  In all probability this miniscule amount will only push workers into a higher tax bracket and they will actually see a decrease in take-home pay.  While Governor Martinez busts the budget “remodeling” the kitchen; public employees go without food, putting gas in their cars, buying diapers for their children and having basic quality of life necessities like health insurance.
Gov. Martinez failed to mention she signed off on the PERA/ERB new law which takes effect July 1, 2013. The new law raises the contributions for employees by 1.5% for PERA members and 2.25% for ERB members respectively according to the Capital Reporter (READ IT HERE).  Martinez also failed to mention the cost of health insurance which is going up by 15% according the Bloomberg Businessweekly (READ IT HERE). This increase will affect over 30,000 local and state employees.  Let’s do the math on these facts the Governor failed to mention:  1.5% for PERA members and 2.25% for ERB contributions PLUS 15% for healthcare insurance equals 16.5% for PERA members and 17.5% for ERB members. Now let’s add in the 2% tax increase that was implemented in February and the nearly 100% increase that everyone experienced this past year in Social Security Taxes.
Now minus the B-I-G 1% increase from the Governor equals public employees are losing   17.5% for PERA Members and 18.5% for ERB members.  This does not include the Social Security Tax increase.  Public employees are losing almost one-fifth of their gross income.
City employees have not received anything from King Berry who lives in a grassy castle on top of the City. City employees have been without a contract for the entire time Berry has been in office. Now City employees will absorb a loss out of their pay in the amount of nearly 20% (one-fifth of their pay).
Why can’t Martinez and/or Berry take care of the backbone of the State and City?  Take care of your people and they will take care of you.  Scrooge Martinez’s 1% is a complete insult to employees when the State if raping them on the other end.  At least Martinez tried to ante up 1%.  Berry; well, he is spending millions of dollars ruining the Bosque, which the public voted down. What a despicable scoundrel. Before we wrote this story we spoke to several people. 

Below is a saying one of our Spanish Eyes stated about Martinez and Berry: 
Martinez: ¡No tiene sin verg├╝enza!
Berry: Same goes for you.
Translation: you do it without any shame!

We here at the Eye On Albuquerque agree.  People like Martinez and Berry do the little guy dirty and they do it without shame. 


Anonymous said...

As a firefighter I whole heartedly agree that public safety members can't afford to have less money in their pockets and I am dreading having to pay 1.5% more for my PERA and an increase to my health insurance premiums is just gonna make it harder. I do, however, think your math might be off a bit when it comes to how much the health insurance is going to cost. You said the health insurance is going to increase by 15% so that means if you currently pay $100 a check you will now pay $115 a check for health insurance, the way you describe it is as we will be now paying 15% of our entire check to health insurance which would be a huge difference

Stealth said...

RE: Firefighter

One, you must be a single person.

Two, Most people have a significant other and children.

This means they are already paying around $500.00 per month on medical insurance. with a 15% increase this is around $75.00 more per month. That is a tank full of gas now a days or having the ability to gout and eat with your significant other or take the kids to get a hamburger. It is a BIG DIFFERENCE when you don't have the money to put gas in the car.

This is just more fleecing of the employees. Perhaps for those who feel it is not a "big deal" could contribute even more and reduce the amount the hard working person with a family contributes...

Just a thought...

Anonymous said...

Union, where are you??

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Eye. I'm retired LEO and what is happening to the state, county and city public safety workers is nothing less that a travesty. It is also the same for all workers in all sectors statewide. With the PERA increase on the employees backs the fund still is not targeted to be fully (100%) funded...ever..never. It was going to reach 90 something % fully funded when the employers were going to kick in their portion but then the governor reached down through her channels and had that portion removed all together thus the whole arguement and justification of the needed increase was disingenuous. Just wait until curent workers reach retirement, they will not be able to afford healthcare under the NM Retiree Health Care if they have kids still under their plan because retirees now have to pay the full premium ride for each and every kid they have. The average retiree with 3 kids saw a 300% increase to their monthly premiums. I've heard of retirees paying almost $12,000 a year for coverage under the NMRHC.. Fleecing of the employees is an understatement, I think it is more like the skinning of employees. How come none of the groups like APOA, BCSA, RRPDA, NMSPA, AFCME stand and oppose the PERA increase? While watching the live cast I only saw two groups oppose the increase. With most employees statewide not having recieved a raise in over 5 to 6 years and them sitting back and not worry how the 1.5% PERA increase was going to impact them was terrible. I think most never thought the dem controlled legislature would ever let it happen..But they too bought into the hype of the sky is falling!

Anonymous said...

Stealth, I am not disagreeing with you and I know that paying more premiums will be difficult, I was just pointing out that we will be paying 15% more on our health insurance versus how you stated it as 15% of our gross pay such as PERA is calculated from, you said with the PERA increase and the health insurance increase we will have 16.5% taken out of our checks which is not true. I never said it was not a "big deal" and I will struggle with it, I was using $100 for an easy example.

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Anonymous said...

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Winston Churchill

Anonymous said...

As a city employee my family plan costs around $200 per month. $500 seems way too high. Not sure where you are getting your numbers eye, but it makes a very valid argument less credible.

And as for the concept of taking care of your people so they can take care of their jobs, I agree with you. However, that concept of motivation typically involves things beyond pay. Research shows that paying people more money is not always the best motivator.

Stealth said...

RE: As a City Employee.

Why don’t you also include in your comment that you are loyal to Berry? Trying to throw in a few bites about, “I agree” baloney doesn’t cut it. Your attempt at phycology is a feeble attempt at best. We were told Berry and McCleskey told all of you Berrien’s to stay off the Eye On Albuquerque; unless this rubbish is coming from you McCleskey…

Anonymous said...

6:08 AM,

Typical Repub. Shit on the regular guy/girl and coddle the rich. If it was up to you guy's we'd all be working for minimum wage with no benefits or pension. Look at how the State's being run. Susanna, Berry, White, Mcclesky,Shultz etc. There's maybe one brain cell between the bunch.

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Overwatch said...

So...All of the SOB's were told to stay off the Eye?!?!? AHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!
This is Berry's best move. Silence. Because he knows everything out of either his or the mouth's of his minions or criminal underlings are nothing but lies that can be proven. Berry's campaign will consist of nothing but advertisements crammed with bullshit. There will be no real time interaction with this hot air balloon, because that leaves him open to explaining himself and his lies. He is too stupid to do that and his handlers are the ones that have to do the political dance for his because he is not that fast on his two left feet. You know, it's not like it matters anyhow, because every time one of Berry's clowns tries their shit here that have a mud hole made out of their ass and they suddenly vaporize into thin air never to be heard from on that topic again. THIS is why these pussies have to act the way they do. They are cowards who fight their battles from the shadows with nothing but lies. It sure is going to be nice seeing one of two things happening. Either Berry losing the election, or being disgraced by the DOJ in office when the hits for obstruction and conspiracy come down.

Anonymous said...

City employee pays only $200/month?! I will be paying almost seven hundred for my husband, me, and our daughter. Per month. That's almost a double mortgage. It's excruciating.

Anonymous said...

@757 pick up the Journal from Daturday. If you stop buying from your employer and buy in the health care exchange your rates starting in October will be half what you currently pay.
The Nayor claims he fired Lovelace to save costs but we pay twice what we would if we do not go through the City. Who got the kickback that the City rate cost so much?