City salaries are out of control.
City employees earn much more than their private sector counterparts. While thousands of Calgarians have seen their salaries slashed or been laid off, City employees continue to enjoy high wages, premium benefits, platinum pensions, and unparalleled job security.
The cost of employee compensation has gone up by more than 50% since 2010.
More than half of the City of Calgary's budget goes towards paying staff.
With Calgary in economic crisis, we can't afford to maintain these high salaries, and Calgarians can't afford to pay higher taxes.
City Councillors Jeromy Farkas (Ward 11), Sean Chu (Ward 4), and Joe Magliocca (Ward 2) have purposed a 5% salary cut for City employees, including City Councillors.
This would free up money to hold the line on future tax increases and to invest in priority services like fire and police.
It's time for Calgary to live within its means, and for City Hall to share the pain being felt by Calgarians across the city.
We, the undersigned, demand that City Council pass a salary cut of 5% for City of Calgary employees.