PHOENIX — Members of the Phoenix City Council are continuing their war of words over pension spiking by city employees.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said if the council approves recommendations made by a city subcommittee, it will put an end to the practice.
“It eliminates the pension-ability of phone and car allowance,” Stanton said. “It eliminates future accrual of sick leave.”
But one city council member doesn’t believe it. Sal DiCiccio said those recommendations will let city employees continue to include things like unused sick leave to boost their pensions until July of next year, and will cost the city millions of dollars. He said he thinks the spiking will continue.
“The recommendations that came out of the subcommittee were very, very weak,” said DiCiccio. “They did very, very little.”
During an appearance on KTAR’s “Arizona’s Morning News Weekend” show, DiCiccio accused Stanton of backing down on a campaign promise he made in 2011 that he would eliminate pension spiking.
“As a matter of fact, the Arizona Republic said in an editorial that the mayor had no intentions of fulfilling his promise to eliminate pension spiking,” DiCiccio said.
The councilman said there’s a reason that the Stanton is going back on his word.
“The problem that he has is that the unions that backed him in his election are telling him that they don’t want to do this [get rid of pension spiking],” DiCiccio said. “That’s what this is all about. It’s nothing more that the union’s control of city hall and the mayor’s backing of the union’s proposals against the wishes and the needs of the taxpayers.”
DiCiccio said he’s not sure whether the city council will approve the recommendations.
- Stretches and exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome
- The best Major League ballparks have their own personality
- Comparing the best regular seasons: The '96 Bulls and '16 Warriors
- 3 Arizona road trips and the vehicles to get you there
- Colon cancer is preventable. Check these signs and symptoms to stay healthy.
- 6 of the biggest skin cancer myths
- Affordable small home makeover ideas
- Locals helping locals: 6 success stories you need to know about
- Sunscreen facts that could save your life
- 6 energy saving hacks for your home
- 5 tips for choosing a company to end your timeshare
- Overlooked water tips to save you money
- 5 of the most adored gentlemen in professional sports today
- The real danger of sitting at your desk
- Most surprising NBA playoff performances of the last 40 years
- 11 classic baseball movies you must see again
- Finally getting rid of fat: 3 methods that actually work
- 4 reasons cancer survivors should focus on food
- 5 spring cleaning spots everyone forgets
- 5 reasons to look forward to watching the D-backs this season
- Common virus attributed to spike in head and neck cancers
- 5 signs it’s time to end your timeshare ownership
- 3 most overlooked ways to keep your home healthy
- 6 ways the air in your home could be making you sick
- CrossFit dangers: 5 common injuries and how to deal with them
- Today's radiation treatments offer better success, fewer side effects
- Tips to make watching TV on the patio even better
- What really happens when you donate to a community college?
- Sun and skin cancer: Separating fact from fiction
- 5 critical lifestyle changes for a healthy colon