MANCHESTER (April 8, 2009) – Mayor Frank Guinta expressed disappointment that union leaders failed to fulfill their promise to meet with him today to discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2010 budget. At the request of union leadership, today’s meeting was scheduled at a previous meeting with Mayor Guinta on March 23, 2009.
“I am disappointed that union leadership boycotted today’s meeting.” Mayor Guinta said. “It is important that all sides have a continued dialogue in regards to addressing this difficult economic time period. The best way for us to work through this downturn is by working together. My door remains open to all 17 union leaders and I am willing to work with them on any issue.”
In an open and transparent process, Mayor Guinta gave details regarding possible budget options at a joint meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Board of School Committee on February 19, 2009. At that meeting, furloughs as well as other measures were discussed as possible budgetary options. He also called on the unions to bring to him proposals that save the city save money, minimize layoffs and does not raise taxes on Manchester residents.
However, Mayor Guinta wanted to thank Alderman Mike Lopez for his attendance. “By appearing today, Alderman Lopez shares my desire to continue the communication between policymakers and union leadership. I applaud him for taking this issue seriously and doing what is right for all involved.”