Why Firefighters (in Woonsocket, anyway) Will Not Accept a Pay Cut to Save Jobs
This morning, WNRI‘s Dave Kane, not exactly a wild-eyed anti-unionist, asked in all sincerity for an explanation as to why Woonsocket firefighters had declined to discuss a pay cut with Mayor Susan Menard when their refusal to do so meant definite layoffs.
He received the following e-mail, apparently from a former president of the Woonsocket International Association of Firefighters, reprinted here with permission.
Dave please tell your listeners they don’t have all the facts. They say we don’t
care about saving the jobs of our co-workers. The city wants us to take a pay
cut and co-pay and other give backs. Only to have a contract that brings us to
Then what? We all lose over a $125 a week. And she will still layoff. What do you expect us to do? We know we have to give back. We are prepared for that. But the [Mayor] wants both. That’s what people don’t know.