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Mailbag: Outsourcing the jail is 'illegal,' 'misguided'

June 08, 2013

The Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. continues to maintain it is misguided, as well as illiegal, public policy for the City Council to hand over control of its public jail to a private corporation.

However, the city's employees applaud the council's willingness to, as part of its decision to outsource jails, include a clear and indisputable commitment to preserving the jobs of its dedicated work force.

The City Council approved outsourcing jail services on Tuesday, but only after Councilwoman Sandy Genis amended the original motion to include a commitment to use all means available to avoid layoffs.

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In the coming days and weeks, the CMCEA team will continue to engage the city in what we hope will be positive and productive discussions, and we are hopeful those discussions can remain out of the courtroom.

CMCEA remains committed to working to protect the jobs and economic security of all the city's dedicated employees.

CMCEA members will continue to seek opportunities to work collaboratively with the city, and we will continue to monitor the public and private statements and actions of the city's leaders to ensure their commitment to preserving jobs.

Many of the targeted employees at the city's jails have worked in Costa Mesa for more than a decade, and every one continues to be committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life for Costa Mesa families.

Jennifer Muir

Orange County Employees Assn.

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School district benefits

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District's remarks in the Daily Pilot on May 26 are disappointing on so many levels.

While the California School Employees Assn., the Newport Mesa Federation of Teachers and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District are in negotiations, the superintendent has decided to go public regarding benefits.

Before the era of former Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard, the employee contracts provided a maximum 10% increase in employer contribution to benefits of all employees These funds were budgeted to include the effect of inflation on medical and dental insurance rates.

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