|Firefighters at VFW After Unanimous|
"No Confidence" Vote on Lenny Perez
|Fire Chief Lenny Perez|
Simply put, Cabler and Perez are foolishly racking up thousands of dollars in legal fees by refusing to negotiate on a managerial level grievances and benefits requests, but routinely sending every case into expensive arbitration. While this greatly benefits labor Attorney Ricardo Navarro, it makes zero sense for the city. Perez and Cabler stand as the last line of defense for the city against such unnecessary legal fees, but they are simply too inept or incompetent to do their respective jobs. Mean Mister Brownsville made this observation in a March 21, 2013 article:
"Ricardo Navarro, a lawyer specializing in labor arbitration continues to rake in huge fees from the City of Brownsville working unwinnable arbitration cases involving city paramedics and firefighters. Navarro is batting a bush league .092, losing 24 out of the last 26 cases. Shed no tears for Navarro who gets paid whether he succeeds or fails. Incredibly, dumbass city officials consult Navarro before pursuing arbitration. The last two tiers of appeal before going to arbitration are Fire Chief Lenny Perez and City Manager Charlie Cabler. Neither has a lick of common sense and foolishly choose time and again to waste taxpayer dollars fighting obviously unwinnable arbitration cases."
Why would the mayor and city commission stand for such an obvious waste of city funds? Perhaps, the table is set by an innocuously named group, the Texas Municipal League, a group so named to give the impression that it is a coalition of Texas cities, when in fact it represents insurance interests. Annually, the TML offers "free" training seminars to city commissioners in the state. Here is our observation from the March 21, 2013 article:
So, city officials are given the impression that by fighting every claim, they are holding down costs, when, in many cases, the exact opposite is true. Settling cases at the managerial level, without expensive arbitration, in over 90% of recent cases, would have been by far the least expensive option. The fact that Chief Perez and City Manager Charlie Cabler continue to expose the city to the extraordinary legal fees associated with unnecessary, foolish arbitration cases, is the real nuts-and-bolts reason both men should be relieved of their duties.