Layoff Notices To Be Rescinded TODAY!
CITY PRESS RELEASE
In a press release today City Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch is quoted as saying in a letter to employees, "I know this period has been difficult for you, your department and the City, and I appreciate your professionalism through it all. We still have significant budget challenges ahead, but we will work through them together. I hope you, your family and friends have a peaceful and safe holiday season." The press release went on to say, "The City has asked the Costa Mesa City Employees' Association to dismiss the lawsuit it filed to prevent outsourcing and related layoffs. It is the City's hope that the lawsuit can be dropped without going back to court and incurring additional legal costs."
You will recall that following the recent election in which he remained in power, Mayor Jim Righeimer announced his intent to have this happen and hopes to begin negotiating with the employee associations without the cloud of layoff notices hanging over their heads toward possible resolution of issues he feels are critical to the fiscal well-being of The City.
THAT FATEFUL DAY
TURMOIL AND TUMULT
During the ensuing months staffers have left, a lawsuit was filed by the employees to protect their rights and vitriol filled the air during council meetings. Grassroots organizations were formed on both sides of the issue and the tension within City Hall was palpable.
BERARDINO CALLS FOR HARMONY
HERE, Orange County Employees Association General Manager Nick Berardino called for harmony. He said,
"The nation has been watching Costa Mesa and unfortunately, what they've seen these past two years has been devastating.
Now that we have their attention, my hope is that we can show everyone that collaborating together, respecting each other, and working in a way that promotes peace and harmony is much more effective than fighting.
And isn't that what the holidays are all about?"
WE HOPE SO, TOO
We join Berardino in his hope for harmony and a spirit of collaboration and cooperation as we move forward. We view this with guarded enthusiasm since Righeimer's comments at the last council meeting seemed to hedge his bet. We will know soon enough. Today, as the affected employees receive this wonderful news, the following video clip seems to be perfectly appropriate.