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AFSCME Local 3298 Aurora's Candidate Questionnaire 2011

AFSCME Local 3298 Aurora's Candidate Questionnaire 2011

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AFSCME Local 3298 Aurora's Candidate Questionnaire 2011, As I promised I have up-Loaded the Q & A I believe that as a Candidate you must be open with the voters so that they can truly see what type of elected official you could be.
AFSCME Local 3298 Aurora's Candidate Questionnaire 2011, As I promised I have up-Loaded the Q & A I believe that as a Candidate you must be open with the voters so that they can truly see what type of elected official you could be.

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Matt Harrington (Cell) 312-671-1410 (office) 630-318-0279E-Mail:webackmatt@gmail.com
 AFSCME Local 3298Candidate Questionnaire
Questions 1) With the continuing recession how do you plan on protecting andimproving the city's financial future without balancing the budget on the backs of the union members?
This recession and the fiscal problems facing city and state governments all over the UnitedStates were not caused by Unions and Collective Bargaining. Trying to improve Aurora’sfinancial future by hurting hard working, tax paying employees makes no sense. Maintaining abalanced budget requires not just smaller government, but smaller more efficient government. Iwill work, to fix the mismanagement of our resources and cut out the fat and inter-departmentwaste from our city’s budget. I’ll propose new ideas to save money, add jobs, and increaserevenues. Some of the things I would bring to the City Council are:
Utilizing existing state and federal grants, to develop and improve Aurora’sinfrastructure.
Work with the business owners along the Riverfront, so that docks can be placed attheir businesses to allow and promote small motorized and non-motorized water-crafts todock along the river and increase patronages to these businesses. This will also generatemore interest to the area, which will
re-energize our downtown economy and create morejobs.
I also recommend an additional source to bring in needed revenues to our city byimplementing a regular City sticker and an E-City sticker that has the ability to selladvertisement on its reverse side.By offering two choices in City stickers, using the I-Pass model, we can offer an E-City
sticker that contains a double-sided LCD screen: the front will have the current sticker logo which can be downloaded annually at half the cost of a regular window sticker. Thereverse side of the E-City sticker will show advertisement. The traditional sticker willhave only a permanent ad for the duration of the sticker’s effective year, while the E-Citysticker can have a multiple advertising function, along with an emergency alert facet.
Our E-City sticker can also offer anti-theft and car location services, for the customers ata small monthly cost. In turn this would help the drivers to lower their yearly car insurance cost as well as peace of mind to the auto and E-City sticker owner.
These city stickers alone can help boost 3 to 5 million dollars of new revenues annuallyfor the city, while the Riverfront docks can also bring in another 2 to 3 million dollars per year to our city.
I would work on saving hundreds of thousands of dollars by switching some of our energy consumption from Comed to Bloom Energy.
Fed Ex, Caltech, Keiser Permanente, Walmart and the Coca Cola Company are just a few of the companies thatsaved money and reduced their carbon foot print by utilizing solid oxide fuelcells Why aren’t we?
To date, Aurora has left over a million dollars on the table by failing to apply for andfollowing through with monies owed to us under the 1505 Asset Forfeiture Act. Thismoney which comes from drug busts within our city could be used to bridge the budgetshortfall in our police department and prevent the layoff of our police officers.
Question 2) The city of Aurora has continued to use interns and seasonal workerswhile union positions have been down-graded and eliminated, resulting in anerosion of the AFSCME bargaining unit. What is your position on this issue?
Internships for academic credit are a good way for young people learn and gain valuable work experience in their chosen profession while still in school. Internships also provide an importantfoot in the door.
Campus Progress, Demos, and the Economic Policy
conducted asurvey and found that 76.3% of employers report internships as a primary factor when decidingwhether to hire recent graduates." Unfortunately, during this recession, some internships appear to have gone from meaning “an apprenticeship to learn professional skills” to “Slave labor” Weneed to recognize the difference and make sure that Aurora never abuses the young peoplethinking about a future in civil service. There will always be a place for seasonal labor. Howmany of us still remember our first Summer Job? Internships and seasonal labor have been usedfor decades without downgrading or eliminating existing jobs. We should not use the currentrecession as an excuse for doing that now.
Question 3) The Trend to subcontract public work to private contractors hasbecome more common; despite studies showing this is often more costly anddiminishes accountability. Examples of subcontracting in Aurora include various

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