I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a bigger story about this on the ProJo’s website tomorrow, but around 1 pm today they posted a small article on their blog about a hot topic in Cranston right now: the Police Department contract. In case anyone missed the outcome of last week’s Finance Committee Meeting, Mayor Fung and the Police Union reached a tentative contract agreement and it was tabled by the Cranston City Council’s Finance Committee until April. Which means it won’t be sent to the full committee (if they vote to do so) until the April meeting at the earliest. There were at least 2 articles in the ProJo and 1 in the Herald about this last week and all are available online.
Today’s article said that Mayor Fung announced today that: “the council leaves me with no choice but to begin layoffs. I cannot prepare a budget based on assumptions that the City Council will vote in favor of any labor contract with concessions. I must budget savings for the taxpayers only through layoffs.”
According to the article, the proposed layoffs will begin next Monday, but it did not provide additional details.
Is this politics as usual–based on a Republican mayor and the 9- member Democratic Council? Will it lead to other municipal unions being less likely to make concessions if they don’t think the council will approve them (as mentioned in the article)? Will the Council members put forth suggestions and options based on the proposed contract? The red-line draft of the proposal is posted on the City’s website.
The ProJo articles always feature a comments section, most of which I typically ignore, but I did find one post interesting. It alluded to one of the current council members preparing himself for a 2010 mayoral run. Any guesses as to who that may be?
Lots to discuss (as always) in Cranston…