By Max Fontaine | Public-employee-compensation beat
Workers from Bass Lake Utilities and Garbage Collection have announced a strike, effective immediately.
Theme of the walkout is “Better wages — Higher pay,” according to what organizers have said.
Mayor Forrest Bunkard expressed what he calls “calm anxiety,” following the announcement.
“It couldn’t come at a worse time,” Bunkard said during a night-cap interview at Funky’s on the Bayou. “Amend that, winter would be worse in theory, which is easy to forget since this year, that season was climatically mild, in a comparative sense. So, the current situation is second-worst-case possibility — or at least it would tie with fall leaf-collection. In summary, it’s among the top-three worst times for this to happen.”
Irregardlessly, Bunkard believes the strike will be short-lived.
“And that’s ‘lived,’ with a long ‘i’ sound,” Bunkard said. “People tend to say it with short-i, which technically is incorrect, as far as I’m concerned. Are you paying for our beers?”
Immediate comment from strikers was not immediately available, although one participant did comment, vowing high-visibility.
“You’ll see us,” he said. “We’ll be the ones carrying picket-signs in front (of) and behind town hall.”
(Copy-editor’s note: Parentheses around “of” are my addition)
Bass Lake’s utilities/garbage department currently employs nine, including the receptionist, who also serves as custodian.
Meanwhile, town officials urge residents to be patient, and are instructed to burn smallish-sized twigs and brush.