April 7, 2009

Pounding the Pavement: In search of union contracts

Thomas Mitchell, editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, details his time trying to get a copy of union contracts made with Clark County.

Most anticipate the worst when it comes to dealing with government employees and public documents, but Mitchell had a surprisingly straight-forward time getting the documents. The director of Human Resources, Jesse Hoskins, even gave Mitchell his personal copy when he could not find it online.

Overall, the entire ordeal seemed quite painless for Mitchell. Especially heartening is the fact that Mitchell made no mention of his position at the R-J, meaning all of this was done merely in the capacity of a private citizen.

Government officials are often (and most of the time, rightfully) criticized for their reliance on inflexible bureaucratic rules, but this shows that sometimes government officials recognize who they ultimately serve -- us.