In reading The Journal Gazette's editorial “A healing gesture (July 30),” I was astonished at the inference that Steve Shine's after-the-fact appeasement letter was worthy of the JG's acquiescence. Whether Mayor Tom Henry agrees with collective bargaining or not, it is his responsibility to deal with the administration of city employees under the post-collective bargaining ordinance.
Instead of a continuing effort by those opposed to the ordinance to try to make the case that it is all about politics and throwing in the fear factor of indiscriminate treatment of city employees by the administration, a more reasonable approach would be for Henry to come forth with a plan addressing how he plans to manage all city employees whether they be union affiliated or not under these new ordinances. That should do more to appease disgruntled city employees than political rhetoric and fear-mongering.
While the vote(s) may have turned out partisan, it doesn't seem that the six members were seeking political gain. For Councilman John Crawford to give up a medical practice to which he is devoted in order to advance his standing in the GOP is just not rational.
Regarding the “fear” aspect of the ordinance, Shine knows that there are long lists of his peers who are eager to seek retribution for any actions taken by employers without defensible cause. Furthermore, it implies lack of trust in Henry's management relative to his workforce that is completely inconsistent with his actions.
The reality is that these six councilmen as well as many taxpayers are convinced that the city can be run more efficiently under the new ordinances. As a result, it is Henry's responsibility to manage accordingly, and he doesn't need the county GOP chairman's counsel on how he manages and motivates city employees.