FIRST ON 3: CFPUA tables vote on holiday bonuses for employees


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Submitted: Wed, 12/14/2011 - 7:48pm
Updated: Thu, 12/15/2011 - 5:22am
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Recent decisions by Wilmington City Council and the Brunswick County School Board to hand out employee bonuses have upset many tax payers. The question of pay hikes during the down economy was up for debate again this morning; this time by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

“Employees are the key to success for any organization, but certainly for the success of the authority,” CFPUA CEO Matt Jordan said.

The CFPUA considered rewarding its employees with some extra cash. During a board meeting Wednesday, board members decided to table the decision, and wait for results from a class and compensation study that should be completed by the end of January.

“We’ve reduced positions. We have employees that have taken on increased responsibility, and that’s reflected in our efficiency,” Jordan said. “Every few years we want to make sure we have the proper balance, and that’s what that is all about.”

But with consistent rate increases and issues since the authority formed in 2008, some customers may see the bonuses as inappropriate. Jordan disagrees.

“Even though we did have 13- and 14-percent rate increases, because we’ve been able to hold down the operating side, those rate increases could have been larger, so they’ve helped to hold those rate increases down,” Jordan said.

Jordan says the board will discuss the proposal after the study is completed and after the start of the budget process in February.

59 Comments

  • CF-pee-eww-A says:

    Being married to a current CFPUA employee and previous City of Wilm employee (been there well over a decade) gives me a bit of a perspective about what’s going and the failure on the part of CFPUA executives to recognize that the remaining employees are having to do two or more jobs beyond their duties because a lot of essential positions have gone unfilled.

    I’m not talking about the customer service or repair/maintenance. I’m talking about the operations people, the actual ladies and gents who make, treat or test your wastewater and water to make sure you don’t die from explosive diarrhea everytime you brush your teeth.

    These are people who cannot be easily replaced, as some posters would have you think. These are people with college degrees AND licenses, specialized coursework and specialized training, who do what they do without any recognition whatsoever from the upper management at CFPUA.

    Nevermind a bonus… not even a luncheon or gift card or a simple “thank you.” Instead, the upper management and the CEO, who has gotten his bonus …ahem… already contractually obligated to raise… and who gets paid handsomely, cannot even have the cojones to settle this matter once and for all, once again postponing the hot potato to a later time after yet another study which cost money that could have been certainly given to the employees, even if as a $5 gift certificate at McDonalds.

    My spouse is looking at other options away from this mess. My spouse has already been told about consolidating positions underneath, so my spouse will have to do those jobs too, on top of everything else, just as benefits are shrinking, pay remains the same and the upper echelons of the organization think more about their pocketbooks than the people they supposedly lead, all while the infrastructure crumbles and people are disgruntled.

  • upset says:

    I am tired of hearing things about CFPUA and how bad they are. I would like to bring your attention to EVERY idem you buy. i.e food,gas,clothes,house hold idems. All of it has doubled or tripled in price in the last 10 years and I haven’t yet come across one person calling them complaining. We live in a very greedy and complacent country. It has always been from the beginning of time that there is a man on the throne and everyone else gets shafted. so to the point… Next time you decide to sit on your toilet and push out your next complaint remember who takes care of that problem and supplies you with clean water. The water and sewer that CFPUA took over was neglected for many years by the city and county. They have now had to fix this problem so that we can continue to have good sewer and water systems. I am not taking complete blame of of CFPUA. They average bill for customers is $175 bimonthly and this does not include the big accounts. CFPUA has 67000 water taps and on the low side this means that make $70,350,000 and the average REAL worker at CFPUA makes less than $33,000/yr and I know of many that take home less than $650 biweekly. I don’t know about you but that doesn’t seem fair that the people cleaning up our sewers and providing us with water make so little of money. The only people at CFPUA making money are the top 30 employee’s and the POOR board members and Who even knows if they work at all. I say if the morale is down then they aren’t going to do a good job. Bringing up at bonus before christmas and then not giving them one, when all other county and city employee’s got one is just Wrong!!!! As far as this reclassification study.. They are just finding another reason not to give the people raises and keep the money for them selves. I say if you don’t like it get rid of Matt Jordan and ALL the board members and most of the top 30 that don’t do anything anyway..Pay the people that do all the work. What happened to they saying “take care of your employee’s and they will take care of you” They pay for all employee’s is public info look it up and tell me that the first 30 deserve what they make.

  • Please says:

    Yes…please show us what those in the private sector earn when a MBA, PE, or other license is required to do the job. I think you’d be surprised. Are there employees that are overpaid? Maybe…many more are underpaid, and the public sector has more stringent rules, in many instances as those employees ARE accountable to rate and taxpayers.

  • Compensation Expert says:

    Seems like it would be fair to do a compensation study of what local businesses pay employees for similar work.
    Guess that would mean a reduction in pay–oops.

  • Seinfeld says:

    No bonus for you!

    The reality of this for CFPUA employees, no one is the least bit surprised. When your Board is comprised primarily of politicians and their lackeys with no particular loyalty to the staff, this is just political expediency in action. How would Catlin explain this when he runs for State office?

    There were about 318 employees when CFPUA was formed…there are now about 270, plus or minus a few. The workload hasn’t diminished one bit — it has only increased.

    The comp and class study is a fools errand. Some may see more money, (senior execs is where my money is) but not all. A bonus might have, at least, been equitable.

    For those of you who will pipe in, I can count about a dozen employees who left for greener pastures and more money or just prematurely jumped into their retirement. Market forces are in effect. Those that left, left with skills that aren’t easily replaced.

    Ol’ Matt and the Board are going to feign surprise…but as Ron Sparks put it…there are a number of folks that are waiting for the first smoking train out of here.

    Bet on it.

  • GuestCryMeARiver says:

    If you don’t want your job anymore, can I have it? I was laid off over a year ago, and still haven’t found a permanent job with benefits. I had to move back in with my parents, which makes life difficult for them, and painful and humuliating for me having to depend on my parents again.

    I can tell you for a fact that a class study would give you more money in the long run than a meager bonus. If they give you a $1,000 bonus, you would only actually get about $625 (after taxes, pension, and 401(k) are taken out).

    I would give anything to have your job. There are a lot of people in much worse shape financially than you.

  • GuestTruth says:

    “For those of you who will pipe in, I can count about a dozen employees who left for greener pastures and more money or just prematurely jumped into their retirement. Market forces are in effect. Those that left, left with skills that aren’t easily replaced.”

    I hate to burst your bubble, but NO ONE is irreplaceable. For the dozen workers that left, hundreds will be standing in line to grab it up. For the few with skills that aren’t easily replaced, it may take a little longer, but they WILL eventually be replaced. After having worked in the workforce for almost 50 years, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that their jobs will go on without them. It is what it is.

  • Kelly says:

    In response to the article regarding the decision of the CFPUA Board to deny staff bonuses, shame on you. The staff of CFPUA has worked hard and with no reward since the inception of CFPUA in July 2008. The morale of the staff is horrible and your actions certainly contribute to the negativity and are doing nothing to resolve the issue. There was just an article in the paper a few days ago regarding the cutbacks and monies saved from unfilled positions, etc. I believe it was stated that there was a $5 million dollar surplus and you can’t find it in yourselves to provide your staff with Christmas bonuses that wouldn’t even amount to more than $200,000? Kudos to the two board members who disagreed with your decision, too bad the rest of the Board doesn’t understand the reality and repercussions of your decision. At this time, employees are leaving CFPUA at a high rate and after this, will continue to do so and who can blame them? The economy has been tough for everyone, but somehow the County, City and various counties surrounding New Hanover have been able to acknowledge their staff and show their appreciation. Most of the employees of CFPUA were pulled from good jobs with the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County and unfortunately for them, they have come out on the losing end of this deal. Shame on everyone of you!

  • Guest3 says:

    Sorry to disagree with you, but CFPUA employees who originally worked for the city received a huge increase in pay when they switched to CFPUA. I know one lady who was paid $8,000 more doing the same job for CFPUA than she did working for the city.

    It’s obvious from your post that you are a very unhappy CFPUA employee. Why don’t you quit and let my son, who has been laid off the last year and a half, take your job? You wouldn’t hear anything from him except gratitude for the opportunity to work at a good paying job. You should be counting your blessings that you at least have a job, when there are so many around you in this economy who don’t.

  • deputy 25 says:

    just what HOLIDAY are they getting a bonus for??? it is a CHRISTMAS bonus. do you see them getting one for the other days like JULY 4th,Labor Day or Presidents day??? no. so call it what it is . a CHRISTMAS bonus, if they even get a bonus.

  • lol @ deputy 25 says:

    HOLIDAYS IS THE INCLUSION OF ALL BELIEFS INSTEAD OF 1. READ A NEWSPAPER OR GOOGLE IT !

    the self righteous are always looking up….but never around themselves or down.

    the principals of your Bible you profess causes such anger over 1 word

    wake up! use that anger for good which is a better principle to live by.

    BtW
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS !

  • J says:

    Its not a “holiday bonus” since it will be months before they make the decision. Now what if this “compensation study” states that employees at CFPUA are being underpaid? Are they going to then bring them up to the standard that the study suggests? How much is this “compensation study” costing CFPUA versus a “holiday bonus” for the employees?

  • StateEmployee says:

    As a state employee, not receiving any pay increases or bonuses for the past 4 years and seeing my water rates increase; I find it unsettling that yet another government agency is considering bonuses.

  • govemployee says:

    Are you against raises all together, or just against them until state employees get a raise too?

    I’m a government employee too and just as you or I can rightfully complain about others getting a raise and us not, just remember there are many out of work who would love to have a state job even if it meant their pay-rate would be frozen for several years.

  • Guest55555 says:

    CFPUA is not a government agency. It’s not part of the city of Wilmington or New Hanover County, although it does collect water/sewer/trash fees for both agencies.

  • wilmington217 says:

    State Employees have always gotten Longevity for employees who have been there over a period of time and it can be over 4.5% of their salary depending on how long they have worked for the State. The County, City, nor the Authority, has no such “bonus” system in place.

  • Guest1212 says:

    I hate when state employees complain about no increases. I worked for the state for 17 years.I always told my co workers that if you hate the pay so much put your resume out there and see what you are worth. I told my new Director in 2003 that I was looking for a new job and did not complain about the pay. I have now owned my own business for several years and took a chance. Stop whining and do something about your situation.

  • FedupStateEmployee says:

    Don’t worry it’s an election year. We know as State employees that this is when we’ll get a tiny one.

  • Guest#1 says:

    So, CFPUA employees moral is in the sewer. They feel underpaid and unappreciated. Customers feel overcharged and lack confidence in the authority.

    Where or when did things get so bad? Or is this just a case of the peasants turning on each other in a bad economy.

  • Morale! says:

    …that’s when they started getting bad. CFPUA employees have been beat on by everybody in this town pretty much as long as they’ve been in existence. And, most of the blame lies with the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County. Look at it like this…if they had been doing their job, would the CFPUA ever been created? No. It is when the handwriting was on the wall…written by NCDENR and EPA…get your %^@* together, or we’ll run it for you, that COW and NHC decided they no longer wanted to be in that business.

    Those governments knew where the rates were going…but now, conveniently, it’s not their problem. So…the employees have been placed in a position, not of their own making. But the puppet masters (the Authority Board) are the new bosses…same as the old bosses.

    The rates were going up WHOEVER was running it. That’s what 100 years of neglect will do for you.

  • Kelly says:

    The employees are paying the same rates as you!

  • Guest12 says:

    Since the employees of CFPUA are also the “customers” of CFPUA, I would say they get it coming and going, wouldn’t you?

  • Guest1253 says:

    This is definitely a case of the peasants turning on each other in bad times. While we argue about whether or not our fellow citizens get a marginal increase the “guys at the top” continue along their merry way and get away with saying “gee, I have no idea where the $1.2 billion dollars went” before Congress with a straight face and they expect to get away with it. They do get away with criminal thievery at the top every day because we are arguing over crap like this. Why attack the grunts at the bottom of the totem pole when they have a bone thrown their way? If you got a raise/found a great high paying job/found any job you certainly would not appreciate anyone else making such nasty comments and displaying such petty jealousy at every turn, would you?

    The Authority is suffering from a criminal lack of moral leadership/cronyism and completely ineffective and incompetent public relations.

  • GuestDisgusted says:

    You give all deputies a bad name. What an idiot. Maybe if you had a little religion in your life, you would be a better person….nah. You’re clueless.

  • Guest28451 says:

    Its we Christans who are being discriminated against repeatedly. We are condemed for prayer in school, condemned for the 10 commandments in any display that might ‘offend’ somebody. (Personally the 10 commandments arent about any specific religion but should be the basis for any sense of moral compass since it speaks of the basic of our criminal code regarding murder, theivery, etc).. We the Christian majority are sick and tired of having to placate everybodyelse for fear of offending somebody. Im all for freedome of religion but it seems anymore its freedom for all religions except for those who are Christians and enough is enough… Its ok for Muslims to block the road in NYC to pray without any legal consequences (which is legitmately illegal as its blocking traffic) but somebody puts up a nativity scene and the ACLU is screaming it violates the 1st Amendment. The 1st Amendment simply states the Government shall not specify any religion to be a state religion it does not make religious displays ILLEGAL.

  • GuestUsed2B99x says:

    It’s Christmas,get over it. Deputy 25 makes an irrefutable point. Why is it that whenever a Christian asserts his or her belief there has to be such a great hue and cry from the secularists? Christianity itself is not in any way exclusive. There is a form of Christianity to fit almost all desires from conservative evangelical to socially conscious liberal.

    Christmas is a time for all of us Christians to celebrate Christ. The “reason for the season” as once said. I for one don’t need some secularist telling me about the principals [sic] of our Bible.

    If you want to see “self righteousness”, lol@dep… look in the mirror. If you really want a good laugh, look twice.

    Merry Christmas,
    Happy Hanukkah,
    Happy Kwanzaa,

    and, for the rest, have a most pleasant day off.

  • deputy 25 says:

    first of all, i have salvation , not religion. i have faith. i do look around and down. but Christmas is Christmas and they dont call other days off Holidays, they call them by name. My Bible says that people will turn against Christ in the last days. i see that you may need to turn around and look up !! i dont read or google what others believe. i believe in the Bible. by the way, if you read the Bible, you would see that everything that is happening in the world today that the Bible said would happen is taking place!!! if someone took away your world and beliefs , you would be angry or upset to. . even an athiest will find GOD in a fox hole!!
    btw.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  • lol @ deputy 25 says:

    ” Maybe if you had a little religion in your life, you would be a better person..”

    the saturation of hypocrites/liars in todays churches compells me to say “No!”

    I also don’t believe in ghost, Easter bunnies, Santa,toothfaries or any other mythical creatures.

    Happy Holidays to all

  • shutup says:

    Calm down and go back to your narrow view of the world as fed to you by fox news…

  • Guest20 says:

    “Intolerance is evidence of impotence.” – Aleister Crowley (English poet, author, philosopher, 1875-1947).

  • Guest55555 says:

    Do you think the church is the only place where there is a “saturation of hypocrites and liars”? Look in your own department, deputy, and I’m sure you’ll see many of them (if you take your blinders off). Yet it doesn’t keep you from joining their ranks, does it? You’ve even convinced yourself that you’re all noble and good and the savior of all mankind. There’s only one Savior, deputy, and you ain’t it!

    It sounds like you don’t believe in anything, except yourself. Perhaps your whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

    “I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.” Thomas Jefferson.

  • anne says:

    You nailed it on the head! Anyone other than Christians have the right to do what they want or say without question. The Bible says that we will be persecuted towards the end times and it is beginning. Society has let the ACLU and the atheists get a foothold, and because they are afraid of lawsuits, just bow down to them. People need to stand up to them and let them know that they will not and cannot take away our rights as Christians. The ACLU is supposed to be for everyone’s civil rights, but have you seen them defend any Christians? I think not. Personally, I would love to see all of them get on a ship and take Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the muslims in this country that hate us so much and go join the clown in Iran. We would be so much better off!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By the way, it is Merry Christmas! Not happy holidays. You can have your holiday tree (including the president and his family) – I’ll have my Christmas tree. You can threaten me when I put up a Christian display in my yard – it will stand because I own my property and you don’t, and I will leave Christ in Christmas. If you don’t want to, that is your right, but leave my rights alone!!!!!!!!!!

  • GuestHa says:

    Maybe so…but we’re getting a much smaller salary.

  • bythesea says:

    I don’t think anyone has claimed employees pay a different rate. Am I missing something? Are you trying to say that since they pay water/sewer bills too that they see no benefit from rate increases?

    I would not care about a rate increase either if that increase was funding my pay raise.

  • Guest12 says:

    You seemed to have missed the point of all of this, there is no pay increase!

  • Guesttwelve says:

    “The CFPUA considered rewarding its employees with some extra cash. During a board meeting Wednesday, board members decided to table the decision, and wait for results from a class and compensation study that should be completed by the end of January.”

    There may be or maybe not. No decision was made, they tabled the decision until January. If it was voted down that would be a different story. Usually these studies show that employees are underpaid and it gives the decision makers something they can point to when the public complains. Do you understand, or are you just stomping your feet like a child saying, “I’m never going to get a raise”?

  • Kelly says:

    I am not an employee of CFPUA, I am actually an employee of New Hanover County. I happen to be very close with several employees of CFPUA and can assure you that someone getting an $8,000 increase when going to the Authority from the City is very few and far between, if that even happened. The people that I know got maybe $1/hr raise.

    I am grateful that I have a job, that’s why I’m still here after 18 1/2 years and having to give up part of my salary for several years in a row due to furlough days. As far as your son and the others out of work, I work at a county department which sees many people come through the door everyday who have hit rock bottom. There are jobs out there, you just have to be willing to go after them and take what you can get and move on from there. If the government didn’t supplement UIB benefits for such an extended period of time, people wouldn’t get so comfortable sitting at home everyday drawing money for doing nothing and they would put more effort into finding a job.

  • Guest3 says:

    I am also very close with several CFPUA employees. I can assure you that quite a few employees got a huge increase in pay when they switched from the city to CFPUA (yes, the $8,000 was an actual truth).

    As far as my son, sure there are jobs out there…..and HUNDREDS of applicants because of the economy and people being laid off, as well as temp employees trying to get seasonal jobs right now. He’s at the ESC twice a week, and he is applying every other day on line on the computer (as you know, companies don’t want walk-ins now; they want everything done on line). I’ve also networked at my own job, trying to find something for him, but there’s a hiring freeze. He is not drawing unemployment, food stamps, or welfare, and I’m paying for ALL of his support. But I guess you’re so used to seeing the bad side of people everyday trying to milk taxpayers for everything they’re worth at Social Services, that you just assume the worst of everybody. You’ve been there too long.

  • Guest3 says:

    No, the $8,000 raise was not upper management. It was one of those employees who are in the middle of the food chain, not paid so high as to be considered upper management, but not so low as to have to draw food stamps (like some city employees do). This person plays an essential part in the day to day operation of the authority.

    “…and you’re rates are certainly not going to go down because they’ve chosen not to give the bonuses.” True, but they very probably will go UP if they do give the bonuses (to help pay for them).

    Do you really expect anyone to believe your last paragraph B.S. about the single moms? Everyone knows that most of the single moms you’re seeing at DSS have kids out of wedlock, live in the projects, choose to get pregnant (and have multiple children) and live on welfare, draw food stamps, and have Medicaid. My taxes help support them.

    Don’t try to p*ss in my ear and make me think it’s rain. I know what’s going on there. Free handouts for everyone. And then you try to justify your part in it by force feeding us some B.S. about them working 2-3 jobs. If they worked 2-3 jobs, they wouldn’t qualify for much, if anything at all. I’ll say it again, bullsh*t.

    And yes, there are a lot of people out there that can’t find one single job, and my son is one of them. I have people come into my business every single day trying to get employment who have no job at all. I don’t make them feel like worthless human beings just because there’s a bad economy and they got laid off. If I could hire all of them, I would. But I can’t. I’m a small business with a limited number of employees.

    My son WILL get a job eventually. That’s the difference between him and your “single mom’s” (and generations after them) who suck the system dry and taxpayers along with them. Just drive around Wilmington, and you’ll see many young, able bodied people who are more than capable of holding down a job, but they’re too busy dealing drugs, joining gangs, having babies, and standing in line at Social Services.

    I’ll say it again…..bullsh*t.

  • Kelly says:

    I’m sure that the employees that you say got $8,000 raises are higher in the food chain and probably aren’t so concerned about the lack of a Christmas bonus. It’s the employees who do the hard work at the company who didn’t fair so well and these are the ones who take issue with not receiving the bonuses. Unfortunately, these are the same people who keep the Authority in business, they are the ones doing all of the manual labor, who are called out into the middle of the night to correct issues, etc. It seems that everyone is so upset with the “Authority” itself that they are losing sight of the people at the bottom, who are doing all of the work, getting no raises and yes, paying the same high rates that you do. Whether it’s the Authority, County, City or private sector, I’m all for people being acknowledged/appreciated for their hard work. Let’s face it, the $200,000 that could have gone for Christmas bonuses is a just a drop in the bucket for the Authority and you’re rates are certainly not going to go down because they’ve chosen not to give the bonuses. After many years of furlough with the County, being able to finally get the money back that we lost and the possibility of merit/bonuses was great for morale. It showed appreciation on the part of the County for our hard work and trust me, it’s coming back to them two-fold by having more satisfied workers who want to continue to do a good job and take pride in their work.

    Just to clarify one thing, what I’m seeing more of at Social Services now is the single mom, who is working 2-3 jobs to support her children. No, she doesn’t get to spend as much time with them as she would like, but she’s out there working, taking care of her children and keeping a roof over their head. If she’s managed to find three jobs, your son should be able to find one.

  • Guest44 says:

    Well, since you won’t even hire your son to work for you, no wonder why no one else wants him!!!

  • Application says:

    Well, Cryme…we have lots of job openings. Are you qualified? Are you literate? Can you search for jobs? Bust open a paper or look at the CFPUA website. If your qualified, you can apply. If you aren’t, you can still apply. Maybe it’s just you? PS…hide your tattoos and pull out the facial piercings and nose ring; you may just have a shot.

  • Guest3 says:

    Oh, kick a man when he’s down…nice. Typical CFPUA employee. No wonder the general public hates you guys.

  • Guest20 says:

    Seems to me you didn’t answer his question. He was specifically asking for YOUR job, since you seem to have no appreciation for it.

    You’re just what CFPUA doesn’t need…another crude, rude, know-it-all *sshole who thinks they’re better than everybody else.

  • Guest242424 says:

    Attacking CFPUA employees (as opposed to the Officers) is seen as fair game, but when the original poster says in essence “act like an adult when you apply for the job” oh yeah, and by the way APPLY FOR THE JOB – why is this wrong?

  • Guestel says:

    Well there you have it. It didn’t take much to get the true colors to shine through. Remind me again why the public should get behind this bonus.

  • Guest54365 says:

    The post said basically “there ARE jobs, APPLY for a job, and oh yeah ACT LIKE A CIVILIZED ADULT WHEN YOU APPLY FOR THE JOB”. It is amazing how many people blithely show up at interviews and even at work in flip flops, tatted from head to toe, wearing torn jeans etc. AND EXPECT NO CONSEQUENCES FROM THESE IMMATURE AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIORS.

    So why is it kicking a man while he’s down to state the obvious?

  • GuestCryMeARiver says:

    I have applied several times over the past year for different jobs with CFPUA. With two of them, I found out that they had already decided to fill those jobs with current CFPUA employees (they decided that before they even advertised the jobs). Sometimes it’s not WHAT you know that gets you the job, but it’s WHO you know.

    Some jobs I don’t qualify for, but yes, I’m literate, as you can tell from my posts, and I’m searching for jobs on an almost daily basis. No tattoos, nose rings, or facial piercings; just a sincere earnest desire to acquire a good paying job with good benefits.

    Why don’t you get off the computer, and get back to that nice paying job they’re paying you to do. How can you expect a bonus when you spend all afternoon posting on a TV news forum? Quit wasting your company’s money and get back to serving your citizens. I know I would.

  • shocked says:

    You know my husband has worked for cfpu for over 4 yrs. In these four years he has not gotten the first cost of living raise and everything continues to go up. And yes we pay our water bill just like everyone else. Nhc got bonuses, raises and other surronding counties but not the evil cfpua. I guess my husband will be looking for another job just like others @ cfpua bc there is no reason

  • shocker says:

    you may be missed, but you can always be replaced.

  • Guest461 says:

    They are in line, 100 deep waiting to take the jobs you whine about! In this economy, anyone is lucky to have a job. Bonus? HA! Raise? HA! Public Sector, Private Sector…all the same, trying to find ways to cut costs and expenses.

    Until we can get the “Annointed One” out of the White House, turn this economy around and start putting a little money BACK into the American peoples pockets, nobody is going anywhere except further down. I don’t care what the media tries to convince you of, this economic downturn is not over by a long shot!

    So…if you don’t like your job and are fed up due to the lack of a bonus or a raise, then figure out another way to pay your mortgage, car payment, insurance, taxes, feed your kids, etc. and let someone in that will appreciate a paycheck and take some pride in their work!

  • Guestin says:

    Teachers got raise two years ago but maint employees and technology have not got a cost of living in five years so we are the underdogs because nhc isa bunch of crooks. Ps boo hoo

  • tired says:

    you apparently have no Idea what CFPUA employees take home and what they put up with. Do I think the rates are to high YES but I also think the employees are under paid. Progress energy pays there employee’s thousands of dollars more a year than CFPUA and the hazards are much less. No one seems to be complaining about their pay or the rates. CFPUA employee’s are not the ones to blame it is the board members and Matt jordan that are. As far as a 1/3 of what they are making would be like taking home $250 biweekly. Im not sure what you make but even $750 biweekly just barely beats out unemployment which is why no one that is making unemployment is looking for a job.

  • Guest28451 says:

    It amazes me is that now living in Leland we dont pay for Trash service like CFPUA and we dont have the water issues and believe me H2GO isnt exactly dealing with a new system either here in the county.. Just amazes me how Brunswick can provide the same services (sans the thugs in the Leland PD) for less money in a much larger service area then NHC/Wilm.. To me it reeks as usual of financial mismanagemnt of the highest order. Reality is CFPUA needs to fix their system before they go handing out extra money when people keep getting bent over by ever increasing rates. I lived in the city one year and my bills did nothing but go up, if an electric company did what CFPUA did they woulda been slapped down by the state for the repeated rate increases. To me since CFPUA is a PUBLIC UTLITY the individuals allowing the repeated rate increases need to demand accountability. BTW to those workers who are whining about their pay I guarantee your making more then you would in other places so quit your complaining because Im sure they could find somebody to replace ya in a heartbeat for 1/3 less then your making now.

  • Guestwho says:

    You nailed it.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    First, Progress Energy has to present their case for a rate hike (or reduction) to the NC Public Utilities Commission before it can be approved and enacted. Because CFPUA was structured in such a devious and self-serving manner by crooked politicians, it is under no such requirement…and have you EVER seen them pass a rate reduction, as Progress has? HA!

    Second, what Progress Energy pays their employees is a matter for Progress Energy’s board of directors and ahareholders. It is a publicly owned corporation with multiple income streams and thus there is no method to directly correlate employee salaries and electricity rates. CFPUA has one source of income and any bonus has to be paid from that single income stream.

    All that notwithstanding, I understand the debilitating effect of long-term wage stagnation and lack of any material reward for going above and beyond. Perhaps CFPUA could find money to provide a bonus and raise by restricting the number of management personnel to a number that doesn’t require the use of scientific notation, reducing the number of brand-new vehicles that appear seemingly daily, and adopting a rate structure that is based on an account’s true water consumption, rather than some lofty, Socialist ideal of wealth redistribution through bulk rates.

    Also, I hope that you understand “guilt by association” is a natural law of the universe. Anyone associated with CFPUA is immediately branded as “the enemy” because of the number of people who despise CFPUA, so there will naturally be a lot of opposition to any bonus. And while I realize that it’s no consolation to you, the employees at Progress may soon see what was a great company and rewarding career evaporate in front of them when the Vandals from Charlotte arrive and gut the company.

  • taxpayer says:

    you’re using facts and a working knowledge of how utility rates are set to respond to an individual who wrote an emotional response without the benefit of factual knowledge.

    Nice response!

  • Guest2468 says:

    They don’t deserve squat!! They are the rudest people ever! Pay your bill, they’re rude~ Call about a water leak, they’re rude and don’t know what’s going on! And yes they can be replaced, EVERYONE is replaceable!! They need a nice HUGE turn over! Where’s the customer service skills? Obviously it’s NOT a requirement for them when they are serving the public. We’re at their mercy and I can’t stand it. and the moron that made the comment about NHC getting bonuses, it was NOT a bonus nor a cost of living adjustment, it was MERIT, not everyone received one. I have never heard ONE good thing come out of CFPUA!!

  • Guest12 says:

    With the tone of your comments above, I can only imagine that you were quite rude to the staff at CFPUA yourself. As far as “morons”, I am a county employee and did receive a merit, along with a “bonus”.

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