Saturday, December 10, 2011

Spokane's new conservative bloc asks to deal with city union

Posted on Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

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This morning, Spokane mayor-elect David Condon circulated a letter addressed to council president Joe Shogan and signed by Condon and a group of existing and incoming conservative leaders, asking Shogan to wait before adopting a new contract with Local 270, the union that represents more than 1,000 city workers.

"It runs against the long American tradition of political fairness tohave a lame duck Mayor and lame duck Council adopt a multi-milliondollar contract effecting a thousand employees when there is less than amonth left to their terms," read the letter, which was signed by the mayor-elect, sitting councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, and incoming council members Steve Salvatori, Mike Fagan and Mike Allen, all of whom ran on conservative platforms.

A tentative deal struck earlier this month between the union and Mary Verner's administration included a voluntary, three-year pay freeze for the union but also left in place certain scheduled raises of up to 5 percent.

The letter's signers aren't happy about that.

"This last minute, rushed, and unnecessary contract short-circuits theprocess needed in the months ahead and short-changes both theAdministration and the employees of our City," they wrote on Saturday morning.

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