What’s new on the municipal union layoff/concession front? Still a holding pattern nearly two months into the budget year.
City officials thought there was some progress brewing with concessions at hand as the city works to close an $8 million budget gap. Talks broke down and unions seem to be hanging tough. They feel they’ve given enough. Management says no concessions, layoffs must come. But the deeper the city goes without layoffs makes it more difficult to close the budget gap. Something’s got to give soon.
We’re Friends Now!
Oh, what a time Monday night, according to pols who attended the Dan Malloy for governor unity event downtown at Murphy’s Law on Fairfield Avenue. Yes, Malloy supporters including State Rep. Chris Caruso, former Dem party chair John Stafstrom and former City Council President Lisa “Honey” Parziale, and a bunch more, were joined by Ned Lamont supporters such as City Council President Tom McCarthy, City Councilman Bob “Troll” Walsh and State Senator Ed Gomes.
Yes, there must have been just a little cackling on the Malloy side and some tongue-biting on the Lamont side in the form of forced big toothy smiles. We’re all on the same team now!!! One big happy family for the general election. It’s smart politics for the Lamont supporters to embrace Malloy. Make peace, show your face and work for Malloy. Losing sucks. It sucks a lot less when you embrace the primary winner and earn your stripes. And Malloy wants all the help he can get. You get someone like Ed Gomes on your side and you land lots of votes at Wilbur Cross, one of the largest percentage wins in Bridgeport for Lamont.
Professional politics is a season that leads into the next season and the next season and the next season. And just about everyone keeps score, and I’m not talking about the ballot box score. When your guy loses, always better to show your face on the other side, and be a gracious recipient.