The brouhaha over Councilmember Pete Constant refusing to hire a union receptionist at a $70,000 annual salary made its way to the airwaves this week. Constant sat down for an interview with Fox Business’s Stuart Varney.
The two men discussed a lawsuit filed against the city by the Confidential Employees Organization. The lawsuit has now gone to arbitration, the Mercury News reports.
Basically, Constant wants to use the $70,000 that would pay for a receptionist to go to outreach efforts and providing database information. He argues he can do his own copying and collating.
The union’s argument, as told to the Merc, is the receptionist position is protected by past agreements with the city and it’s important to maintain consistency in hiring practices.
The best (worst?) part of the TV interview would have to be when Varney asked Constant: “Are you allowed to answer your own phone?” (Sigh) Yes, this is what we’ve come to.
Constant answered that he is a big boy and is allowed to answer his own phone.