It’s getting to be like a game of chicken. On Tuesday evening, City Council decided to delay its vote on the 10 percent wage cut for city employees after five unions provided a counter-offer that would be the equivalent of the proposed cut. They are now ready to study the offer, and to meet again on Thursday or Friday to decide whether to accept it.
“I think we have made more movement today then we’ve made in months,” said Nora Campos of the proposal, but not everyone on City Council agreed.
Pete Constant and Pierluigi Oliverio said that the proposal came too late, and that if it is not accepted, the city’s budget could be thrown off schedule. Oliverio claimed to be speaking for all the residents who “want to see some hard decisions made,” add that the city “needs to move forward.” This was echoed by some city staffers, who feared that the offer could be open to legal challenges even if it is accepted.
On the other hand, Brian Doyle, a city attorney representing the Association of Legal Professionals, defended the proposal, calling it “a difficult choice.” He also bemoaned the fact that city employees are being portrayed by some people as part of the problem. His Association is one member of the coalition of seven unions that offered the proposal.
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