The word has been going around that six firefighters are being fired today. So far I have nothing official so if someone has details please post them here in the comments.
New Rochelle City Manager Chuck Strome said today on WVOX that the City Council may vote on the LeCount Place MOU Extension on December 21st. The vote would not be called unless Chuck and Mayor Bramson believed they had the votes to pass the extension.
So, it looks like Christmas presents for Capelli and lumps of coal for the New Rochelle Fire Department.
UPDATE: Byron Gray, President of Local 273, the firefighter’s union, has confirmed that pink slips did go out today. The reason they went out today is that by law the City must give 2 weeks notice of layoffs and the City wanted to cut six positions by the end of the calendar year.
Gray is unhappy, telling Talk of the Sound “they took our negotiated raises out of the budget to bring the tax rate down and put the decision on us.” The rank and file will have to vote on whether to agree to some sort of raise deferral or a headcount reduction. The dilemma for the firefighters union is that there is no guarantee that there will be no layoffs if they agree to defer their raises.
Over the next two weeks, Grey says he will continue to negotiate with Chuck Strome on a deferral proposal. Meanwhile, the union will meet to consider their options and, at some point, Strome will have to go back to the City Council if some compromise can be reached.
UPDATE: 3 Community Support Officers, members of local 663, also received pink slips today. Unlike Local 273, the 3 job cuts were NOT done by seniority but rather were targeted at a specific job type. It was not immediately clear why one group of layoffs was done by seniority and another done by job type.