On Friday, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim will be releasing a list of city employees to be laid off.
"As we end fiscal year 2016 and begin a new fiscal year, my administration has been unable to come to an accommodation with the various city employee labor unions that would get us to a figure of $4,000,000 in savings that is required in order to balance the budget for the coming fiscal year,” Ganim said in part in a statement.
He said his administration has been working for months in cooperation with labor unions trying to close the budget gap through some concessions, like wage freezes and furlough days, a press release said.
“We have been as flexible as we can be, and we have negotiated in good faith. As it was last time I was mayor, my current administration is committed to good working relations with all bargaining units in the municipal employee labor force,” Ganim said. “We know these are tough times, and we know that labor unions have given concessions in recent years. We know that it is a significant ask to request another $4,000,000 in savings, and we would not do so if balancing the budget did not depend on it.”
The inability to reach a consensus, Ganim said, requires the city to implement a new round of layoffs.
“The last thing we want to do is to separate more employees from their jobs. But in fairness to the taxpayers of Bridgeport, we must do what we can to balance the budget. If that means doing the work of the people of Bridgeport with less employees, then that we are prepared to take this difficult step,” Ganim said.
Ganim has laid off about 100 employees since he took office last December.
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