The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Public Workers Not the Priority

Feb 15, 2021

Pay checks never arrived for at least 1,000 Baltimore City workers and police. Others were delayed for more than a month. Some checks had the wrong deductions, some didn’t pay overtime due.

Why? Baltimore City government is paying over 44 million dollars to a contractor, Workday, to supply an automated pay system. In 2021, after millions of employees have used automated systems for decades, Baltimore City and the contractor still cannot get it right. But the contractor is getting paid, while workers have had to wait for 5,000 supplemental checks to be written to make up for this mess.

But there are parts of Baltimore City government that function. Despite Covid and shut-downs of city offices, the part of the system that collects property taxes worked just fine. And the part that paid city creditors millions on bonds and 90 million in annual interest owed, no problems there!