Mayor Bill Finch announced on Tuesday the city and Laborer’s International Union of North America, Local 200 have reached agreement calling for union members to take 6.5 furlough days to achieve the union’s targeted goal of $91,021 in savings to the city. The budget approved by the Bridgeport City Council calls for $2 million in union concessions to lessen the tax impact. The city is now six months into the budget year.
So far, unaffiliated workers including discretionary appointees of the mayor, LIUNA and the Typographical (Printer’s) Union are taking furloughs to help close the $2 million budget gap, according to the city.
“Our membership voted overwhelmingly to work with the City, agreeing to take furloughs to help close the budget gap and avoid potential job losses for our members,” said LIUNA Local 200 Business Manager Cory Bromley, in a news release issued by the mayor’s office.
“Thank you to LIUNA members for stepping up to the plate and being leaders to assist us in closing the budget shortfall,” said Finch. “We are continuing our negotiations with other City unions and look forward to similar decisions in the coming weeks.”
The city has not reached agreement with the largest city unions.