Lombardi Beats the Path
In dealing with his town’s unions in series, North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi is imparting a lesson:
Mayor Charles A. Lombardi dismissed 20 town workers last night after their unions failed to meet a 7 p.m. deadline for accepting deep cuts in wages and benefits.
In all, 10 municipal workers and 10 public works employees lost their jobs. Lombardi also plans to lay off 30 firefighters following a Superior Court hearing tomorrow.
If the firefighters don’t get the message, then perhaps unions in other Rhode Island cities and towns will. The money tree has wilted; there will be no more temporary fixes that worsen our predicament; you can divvy what remains or take your brethren’s unemployment, and the municipalities’ lost services on your shoulders.
Personally, I think it would be more helpful in the long run for the unions to continue to fight and to reveal their nature. But beginning to change their nature would work, as well.