Retired city firefighter Andy Fardy argues in a commentary that union leaders must stand up to the executive-level municipal salary increases while their people are asked for givebacks.
It’s time for the Bridgeport union leaders who caved to the Finch administration to grow a backbone and say enough is enough. The unions that held firm need to do so continuously.
The unions need to realize their employees who are in the lower tier of the overall city payroll have given enough and for what purpose. You have (Deputy Labor Relations Director Tom) McCarthy telling everyone he has given up his days but what he hasn’t said is how much his salary has increased over the years. Let’s look at the raises for top officials in the Finch Administration starting with 2009 and ending in 2014.
MAYOR FINCH $12,891
CHARLES CARROLL $16,555
ANDREW NUNN $16,256
LARRY OSBORNE $21,511
TOM MCCARTHY $21,000
These are just five of the top officials in the Finch Administration who in the matter of four years received a total in excess of $88,000 in raises while union members took givebacks. If you add the total number of Finch Administration officials the pay raise numbers would be astronomical, all the while union members are giving back.
Even this year the Finch administration found money to hire their favorite bartender for the princely sum of $91,000 a year to look for potholes, he is not in office three months and wants to spend over $170K for a machine to fix potholes. I suggest the unions get their lawyers ready to sue the city for the wages they have already taken and to stop the city from perpetuating this fraud of having the unions give back under the guise of a budget deficit. In fact the unions should be suing for the previous years they took furloughs and deferred raises, all the while Finch Administration people got raises. What they did is in my opinion against the law or at the very least against everything that is decent.