Labor agreements expired last year

To the Editor:

In making his budget presentation, which was both late and is still incomplete, First Selectman Mike Tetreau states that the labor agreements he negotiated with the unions are saving the town money. Exactly how they are saving the town money and how much they are saving is never stated, but no matter. Close enough for government work.

The fact is that all of the major labor agreements expired last year and the labor unions are now all working without contracts. Then again, maybe that is how Tetreau is saving money. Not paying the full boat upfront is one way to reduce the strain on the old checkbook — if you are a deadbeat, that is.

Skipping on some of the bills is an even better way to save money, so maybe Tetreau should try that one too. Dig deep into town operations and you will find plenty of old-fashioned feather-bedding going on and many on-the-job retirements too.

While many in town government do put in a full day at work with a few respectable breaks sprinkled in, there are others who are on break most of the day, putting in a token effort just to make it look good when some clueless politician stops by for the annual three-hour tour.

 

Jim Brown

Fairfield

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