Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Tonight’s council meeting was supposed to feature a budget presentation by City Manager Mike O’Brien detailing where the 131 city layoffs would be, assuming the municipal unions didn’t agree to moving into a new city-offered health care plan.
We heard from one councilor today who said that presentation has been postponed. When asked if it was because things had changed between the unions and the city since last week, and that there’s confidence an agreement could be reached before the next council meeting, our source replied “you could say that.”
Meanwhile, the House is still debating the final version of how the state will change municipal health care options, but questions still remain about what it will look like. More on this in Thursday’s paper.
Update: Looks like Friday is the goal. O’Brien sent a letter to the councilors today explaining the delayed budget presentation. The gist:
There continues to be positive conversations with City-side unions on the switch to the new “GIC-like” health care plans. I believe it to be prudent to allow these conversations to continue through Friday of this week to try to secure Memorandums of Agreements (MOA) with those willing to make this transition to the new health care plans and avoid lay-offs and demotions of their membership…I believe a budget presentation today detailing specifics of these lay-offs and demolitions, position by position, would create undue concern among these employees if in fact their positions can be saved by reaching agreements with these willing City-side unions within a week’s time.