BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Twenty-seven laid-off city workers in 14 departments will head back to work after their labor unions signed concession agreements that prevent the city from laying off union members until June 2018 at the earliest.
In exchange for the no layoffs clause, the unions have agreed to a wage freeze for one year, according to the office of Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.
According to the statement, Ganim signed the agreements Tuesday with the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) and the Bridgeport City Supervisors Association (BCSA).
According to Ganim, Bridgeport tax payers ought to save about $500,000 in the coming fiscal year as a result of the agreements, which require the city refrain from laying any of the nearly 1,000 affected union members until June 30, 2018.
“We are very happy to have this agreement that represents significant savings for tax payers and also saves jobs in the municipal workforce,” Ganim said in a statement. “We still have a significant budget hole to fill, and we hope that the spirit of cooperation is shared by the other municipal employee unions as we work through challenging fiscal times for the city.”
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