Mayor Spano Declares Major Victory as New York State's Public Employee Relations Board Declares Impasse between City of Yonkers and Fire Union Local 628 - PART TWO
YONKERS, NY -- February 6, 2013 -- "Mike Spano’s pronouncement that PERB’s declaration of impasse was “a major victory” for the City is very telling as to what Mike Spano’s intentions have been all along in his dealings with the Yonkers Firefighters, IAFF Local 628" said Barry McGoey, President of IAFF Local 628 Yonkers Firefighters (pictured right).
McGoey continued, “By declaring ‘victory’ Mike Spano has finally come clean and admitted that he never intended to bargain in good faith in an attempt to try to reach an amicable agreement with the Yonkers Firefighters. Mike Spano’s ultimate goal has now been revealed to have been designed to bring about an impasse by refusing to be reasonable or realistic in his dealings with the Yonkers Firefighters.”
“Local 628 has acted in good faith and has put forth significant proposals which would have saved the City millions of dollars over the next several years. We now know that Mike Spano never wanted to resolve the contractual disputes between the Yonkers Firefighters and the City – he only wanted to ensure that we could never come to an agreement and thus he could delegate his authority as Mayor to unelected non-Yonkers officials.”
“Instead of declaring victory, Mike Spano would better serve the citizens of Yonkers by rolling up his sleeves and sitting down with Local 628 and resolve the Yonkers Firefighter’s contract which has been expired for almost 4 years. Now is not the time to pass the buck. Mike Spano was elected Mayor of Yonkers. It’s time for Mike Spano to be the Mayor and to resolve this dispute in Yonkers, by Yonkers people, for the people of Yonkers.”
SOURCE: I.A.F.F. Local 628 Yonkers Firefighters