The entire RTM Labor Contracts Committee has taken the hint and will leave. Hundreds of millions of dollars are involved in those contracts, so this might be a big deal.
Six of the committee’s seven incumbents were part of a slate that was put up for reappointment during the June RTM meeting.
Notable among those incumbents who have since withdrawn from the running is Joan Caldwell, the committee’s vice chairman and longest-tenured member who is also second in command of the full RTM.
“If there was no confidence in the Labor Contracts Committee or me as a member of the Labor Contracts Committee, why would I be stupid enough to put my name forward?” Caldwell said.
Caldwell defended the work of the committee, which she said has been functioning effectively as liaison between contract negotiators for the town and the legislative body until it came under fire from the RTM Finance Committee during the past two years.
“I think there’s infighting going on in the town meeting, initiated by the Finance Committee,” Caldwell said. “They seem to have a much better idea of what should be done than we do, even though we’ve been doing it for 30 years.”
I don’t know much about the personalities involved; I leave that to Fudrucker, and others who might care, but if Caldwell thinks her performance with the town’s labor contracts over the past thirty years supports her continuing in the job, I’d say her retirement is long overdue.