The Sweetest Deal You’ll Ever Steal

Our system of government is broken primarily due to an electoral system fueled by money from special interests that ensconces the pliant in positions where they can repay their sponsors with taxpayer money while taking a taste for themselves all while the public is otherwise engaged.

Occasionally these traitors step over the line.  It happened in Bell, California and Passaic, NJ but I challenge anyone anywhere to match the employment contract that the Union County Democratic Chairperson wrote for herself with the Union County Improvement Authority.

Term: 5 years

Salary: $160,866.32

Sick Days: 15

Vacation Days: 35

Work from home

Have two people doing some of your work

Have a law firm getting a million dollars a year, for which they make the appropriate emolument, doing most of the rest.

And the most outrageous part:

According to Charlotte DeFilippo’s employment contract with the Union County Improvement Authority, as included in this list of attachments (pages 17 – 24)  submitted to the Local Finance Board that so upset the Star Ledger editorial board, included on page 22:

“EMPLOYEE shall not be discharged, disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in status, rank, or compensation, or deprived of any professional or employment advantage, or given any adverse evaluation of her performance without just cause, including EMPLOYEE’s malfeasance, which shall have first been determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.”

Anything else we can do for you?

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tough Love on April 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

    John, After reading that quote a few times, with the exception of the last item wherein malfeasance must first be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, the rest likely applies to the vast majority of Public Sector workers covered by Civil Service protections and/or Unions.

    Public Sector employment is a far cry from the Private Sector where, with few exceptions (generally via employment contracts for those in the “c-suite”), it “employment a will”, and with the exception of a civil rights violation, you can be demoted or fired for anything or nothing at all.

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    • The contracts with the other two UCIA employees are also in that attachment and they don’t have that clause. I can’t imagine any other public employee anywhere having a clause saying they can’t even get a bad performance review unless convicted by a court.

      For those looking for a chain of command:

      Charlotte DeFilippo is the chair of the Union County Democratic Committee which basically picks the freeholders.

      The commissioners of the UCIA are primarily county employees.

      So you have Charlotte overseeing the freeholders who oversee those county employees who are supposed to oversee Charlotte. That this situation can even exist is a scandal.

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      • Posted by Tough Love on April 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        John, Interesting that you said …” I can’t imagine any other public employee anywhere having a clause saying they can’t even get a bad performance review unless convicted by a court. ”

        So it’s right in front of us, here the Quote from above …

        ““EMPLOYEE shall not be discharged, disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in status, rank, or compensation, or deprived of any professional or employment advantage, or given any adverse evaluation of her performance without just cause, including EMPLOYEE’s malfeasance, which shall have first been determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.””

        I had interpreted the quote to imply a separation after the word “cause”, and that the last 12 words (which shall have first been determined by a court of competent jurisdiction) applied ONLY to the preceding 3 words (including EMPLOYEE’s malfeasance).

        If the intention was to apply the last 12 words to EVERYTHING that proceeds it, I wholeheartedly agree with you that it is unprecedented. The idea that a COURT would first have to find just cause for a reprimand or deprivation “of any professional or employment advantage” (as well as the other listed items) is outrageous.

        Could it be that, should Gov. Christie have found her position, pay, or contract terms unacceptable, this was her way of preempting corrective action …. by forcing a COURT determination ?

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        • Posted by Tough Love on April 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

          John, just thought of another interpretation ….

          None of the actions listed can be taken w/o “just cause” …. and that “just cause” must INCLUDE malfeasance, … and that “malfeasance” …”shall have first been determined by a court of competent jurisdiction”.

          Wow … that would be worst and most outrageous interpretation of all.

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          I guess this is why there are so many lawyers …. to argue this stuff.

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          • That’s where I was at when I first read it with emphasis on the word ‘any’ in precluding “any adverse evaluation of her performance”.

            Does anybody else have an employment contract barring criticism of their performance? Can Charlotte sue anyone who views paying a million dollars a year to her campaign donors as graft if it’s perceived as an ‘adverse evaluation of her performance’?

          • Posted by Tough Love on April 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

            John, Do you know (in NJ, or perhaps elsewhere), whether contract provisions so blatantly against valid public interest are enforceable ?

            Any lawyers out there ?

  2. Posted by Javagold on April 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    the revolution will not be fought in the court rooms

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  3. I’m livid, and I don’t even live in NJ.

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  4. Posted by eatingdogfood on April 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    If The Democrats Didn’t Give ” Sweetheart Deals ” To Your Public Service Union.
    Goon Employees To Get Reelected; You Would Have Plenty Of Money and The.
    Taxpayer would have Some Spare Change in His Pockets! Democratic Hustler
    Politicians + Corrupt Union Goons = BANKRUPTCY BABY! Time To Bring.
    RICO Conspiracy Charges Against The Hustler Corrupt Democrats and the.
    Criminal Unions!

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