Pension Problem Far From Over, says Cranston Businessman

John Hazen White Jr. blogged today that Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung told him that union concessions are still on the table, despite a stabilizing city budget.

There was no tax increase this year and the city was spared major personnel cuts thanks to a levelling economy and stabilizing city budget.

But that doesn't mean union members can forget about making additional concessions, said John Hazen White Jr., the owner of , one of Cranston's largest manufacturers.

In a recent blog post on Lookout RI, Hazen White Jr. said Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung told him "that his unions see no tax increase occurring or further personnel cuts happening to reduce the city’s payroll and take that to mean that the city is fine with the way things are and union concessions aren’t needed."

But, "as the mayor conceded, nothing could be further from the truth," Hazen White Jr. wrote. "Thankfully, Governor Chafee intends to bring his pension relief plan back next year."

Click HERE to read the full blog post. 

Ross Glengarry July 27, 2012 at 03:40 AM
John Hazen White and Allen Fung...... what a combination (Bevis and Butthead) reincarnated. John hazen White was born into money and his real calling card is anti-union... after all why not steal 40% of a teacher's pension after they have paid into the system for 25 years and are contractually due a defined benefit for their years of service and money paid into the system......Stay in Barrington with the rest of the lucky gene pool. Fung is another story.. another attorney who couldn't make a living in private practice as a lawyer. He is an unsuccessful lawyer who is pedestrian and dependent on the taxpayers for a job. When are the unions in Cranston going to become pro-active and educate the people on the real motivations of these two philistines. Let's celebrate the Middle Class who built Cranston not the carpetbaggers from Barrington and Providence.
Cranston Resident July 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM
There is one uncomfortable fact you left out of your keen observations...... They are right.


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