MANCHESTER (April 2, 2009) – Mayor Frank Guinta called upon the leadership of Manchester employee unions to fulfill their previous promise to meet with him on April 8, 2009. The Mayor’s request follows a threatened boycott by union boss Mike Roche.
According to Mayor Guinta, “Nearly two months ago, I notified the people of the city that the ongoing recession is placing severe pressures upon the ability of property taxpayers to pay for city services. At that time, I invited union leadership to sit down with me to discuss ways in which the city could cut expenses and provide necessary services while limiting the potential for employee layoffs. Since then, I have found some union leaders to be far from cooperative and I am deeply disappointed that many of the collective bargaining groups representing our employees remain opposed to all cost saving measures, regardless of how this affects both the taxpayer and their own membership.”
“I urge our union leadership to come back to the table and work in the interest of all. They have an ethical and moral obligation to work not only in their own best interest, but also in the best interest of the people they work for, namely the good, hard-working people of Manchester. I intend to hold the meeting as scheduled on April 8 at 4:00 p.m., and I hope that all will put aside their own self-interest and work collaboratively on behalf of the Manchester community.”