I am happy to be able to announce that I have reached a tentative accord with Methuen’s Patrolman’s Union that will avert the twenty layoffs that had been scheduled to occur with the adoption of the FY2010 Municipal budget. I would like to thank Union President Larry May for his willingness to keep talking about solutions even as we disagreed publicly. The Union has scheduled a ratification vote for this afternoon.
I can announce that the Firefighters Union has ratified the tentative agreement that we had reached, and our budget recommendations to City Council will now reflect that agreement, allowing us to restore the fifteen Firefighters that were scheduled to be laid off July 1. My thanks to Union President Tim Sheehy, who has worked day and night with me over the past month to hammer out an agreement. I will have more after adoption of the municipal budget.