A couple weeks ago I blogged about City spending and asked how Eden Prairie can just move forward- status quo- with staff salaries and regular raises while other companies like Best Buy are offering severance packages to their entire corporate office.
Now Eden Prairie based company, Value Vision (Shop NBC) has hit the Strib annoucing a layoff of 60 people- 11% of its workforce and salary and bonus freezes for the rest of its employees.
Another business- with it's large corporate offices in Eden Prairie- has annouced thi week that it's freezing base salaries for all employees in 2009 instead of resorting to layoffs.
The City Government- and County, and State, and Federal- don't have to make these tough decisions because they have a guaranteed revenue stream- our tax dollars. It's infuriating.
How hard is it? How hard is it to freeze city employees' salaries? If we have such a low attrition rate of city staff then this seems like a "no brainer" to me. Are people going to quit if they don't get a raise? Well good- then consolidate job responsibilities as is being done in the private sector.
Companies- property tax paying companies- in Eden Prairie have to tighten their belts- they're consolidating job responsibilties, they're not hiring any new staff, they're immediately freezing pay, but our City Government just keeps on spending and spending. It makes no sense.