Ted Siefer's City Hall: Candidate Beauchamp declines to discuss his past
Hirschmann, who was the Ward 12 alderman from 1996 to 2002, said he wasn't making an issue of Beauchamp's past. "My approach has been to put out a positive message of my own. There are plenty of people out there who would like me to discuss Roger Beauchamp and who he actually is, but that's not my job. My job is to let people know who Keith Hirschmann is."
In June 2012, the union representing Water Works employees rejected a contract extension agreed to by other city unions, which would have entailed a significant hike in their health insurance premiums, from 5 percent to 12.5 percent and then 15 percent the next year.
Still, Roche felt the union got a raw deal, and he said he missed the days when the city had a union negotiator on staff and there was a genuine give and take. The beginning of the end, he said, came five years ago, when unions agreed to reopen their contracts prematurely and agree to concessions.
It's worth noting that the deal agreed to by the steelworkers union makes the offer reportedly extended to the teachers union - the largest union in the city operating without a contract - look pretty good. That deal would have given the teachers raises based on the rate of inflation, 2.17 percent this year, and the health care premiums would have been raised to 15 to 20 percent.
As was reported in these pages a few weeks ago, political action committees have different interpretations of the city charter when it comes to disclosing campaign finances around election time. The Manchester Police Patrolman's Association, in particular, has not filed reports with the city detailing its contributions to candidates, which it regularly makes.
Levasseur's mind is more inquiring than others concerning the police union's campaign spending. It's safe to say the union would like nothing more than to see Levasseur's contenders for the two at-large seats, William Infantine, S. Daniel Mattingly and Dan O'Neil, the other incumbent, edge him out of office. Levasseur has pressed Maloney to release a disclosure report, and he's called on City Clerk Matt Normand to pressure the group to comply with the regulation. He said he intends to raise the issue at the next aldermen's meeting. "The people in charge of enforcing the laws won't fulfill the law requiring one to file a PAC," Levasseur said.
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