Wednesday, July 26, 2006

50 cuts: Day 1

As part of my suggested "50 cuts in 50 day" (see below post) I am suggesting that the state of Oregon eliminate the job classification of...

SEAMSTER 1

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Clothing and Linen Repair. Typical tasks: mends, patches, and repairs all garments and linen which are repairable; mends rips and torn seams in clothing; applies patches to worn clothing;

Salary: $1465 - $1999/monthly

This job is especially ridiculous as these workers are sewing patches on clothing for inmates. If I had to think of a group of people with too much time on their hands who could probably sew their own clothes I would initially think prison inmates.

According to the state classification listings this job is

PENDING ELIMINATION THROUGH TRADES & CRAFTS CLASSIFICATION STUDY

but we don't need to wait for a "study" to determine that this classification can be eliminated. And let's be honest, they probably hired 10 people for this "study" and one of them is going to realize that hey, my cousin Earl could use a job...

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

i will have to study this--ok done reduceing state employees is controlled by who?

Anonymous said...

Ron Saxton is very wise to Not reveal his hit list as that will only harden the target and inspire stronger opposition.

Remember, Sleepy Ted named targets and then welched on them all.

Saxton is our only and last hope.

Lets not tear him down before he has a chance to prove himself.

jeff said...

The problem with having inmates repair their own clothing is that it would involve giving them access to small sharp objects.

Not terribly bright, that, as I'm sure the inmates would agree.

OTOH, I'm sure that that particular job could be outsourced to an outside tailor shop for considerably less than it would cost for the state employee.

R_equals_BS said...

What's the cost of new clothing to replace worn garments vs. the cost of a state worker to repair garments that could continue to be used?

Anonymous said...

There are tons of Good Behavior Inmates that can repair clothing as well as clean and improve much of the State Surplus property that is now sold in the condition recieved and that likely warpped in plastic and strapped to a pallet.

The State could do well by teaching inmates how to detail the Surplus cars and trucks that are also sold as they arrived.

Oh, but that might cut into somebodies PERS plan.

Daniel said...

Let's give the inmates some skills here. Tailoring is something they could put on a resume if they felt like being productive members of society when they get out. (Notice I didn't say the word "rehabilitated" because there is no such thing. You choose to commit crimes or you don't)

Gullyborg said...

This is simple:

Work training for inmates; they do their own tailoring; if anyone misbehaves with a sharp object, the guards should shoot him.

What's the problem?

BEAR said...

succinct, and pithy, GB. right on.

ablur said...

Could we just implement the shoot'em part and reduce the cost even more?

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