In 2003 Ed Gavin was part of Joe Ganim’s defense team when a jury convicted him of federal corruption charges. Recently Gavin and Ganim have been on opposite sides over a legal dispute regarding the legitimacy of a union contract left over from the Finch administration that awarded retroactive pay raises to more than 150 city employees. On Monday Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, one of three judges that denied Ganim’s application for reinstatement of his law license in 2012, ruled in favor of the retro raises.
Facing a budget deficit, Ganim sought to reject the raises claiming the contract was faulty. Gavin, representing the city’s Supervisors Union, ran into court to preserve the contract. Bellis sided with Gavin against the city’s legal team. The judge has a history of ruling against the city. City lawyers argued that City Council President Tom McCarthy, who recently left city service as deputy director of Labor Relations, manipulated the contract because he benefited from the pay raise.
“It was unconscionable the claims that were alleged against members of the city’s labor relations office,” said the union;s lawyer, Edward Gavin. “We are glad the court found these claims were baseless. The (union) has always acted in good faith in our negotiations and today the court recognized that.”
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