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Letter: Our Executive Staff

At the Board of Trustees (“Board”) meeting on Dec. 15, 2011, the Board adopted a resolution requiring the executive staff to pay 15 percent of their health insurance premiums.

In December 2010, the Board entered into a four-year contract, (June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2013), with the CSEA for 181 village employees. The contract provided wage increases of 1-½ percent each year and did not change their health insurance contributions, which were zero or 10 percent depending on when they were hired. Trustee Cavanaugh said this contract “was based on a reasonable weighting of the fiscal environment with a fair recognition of the efforts of our employees.”

Our executive staff has not had a pay increase since June 1, 2008, except the Police Commissioner who has received annual increases based on the PBA contract. The CSEA employees will have received wage increases of over 8 percent from June 1, 2008 through May 31, 2013. More significantly, even though the Village has a practice of annually reviewing Executive Staff performance, none has taken place over the last 3-½ years.  In essence they simply have been ignored, except for receiving high praise after snowstorms, hurricane and other disasters. Is the Board’s action to reduce their salary by 2 percent to pay health insurance premiums, 10 days before Christmas, without any salary review fair?  Has this Board no grasp of human relations or good management principles? How do they expect loyalty, respect and enthusiasm from its managers when they are treated this way? Merry Christmas.

Thomas M. Lamberti