Councilman Sal DiCiccio: Mayor/City Council Give $1.5 Million to Union Friends While Claiming Financial HardshipCouncilman Sal DiCiccio: Mayor/City Council Give $1.5 Million to Union Friends While Claiming Financial Hardship<div class="ExternalClass8F85C38ACF374F888503E8833094439C"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>​​"The same elected officials claiming poverty and the need for a property tax increase are handing over $1.5 million to their union friends at the expense of hardworking taxpayers," Councilman DiCiccio said. "It's time for these backroom financial shenanigans to end."</p><p>Today, on a 6-3 vote, the Phoenix City Council voted to award an additional $1.5 million to First Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union in a backroom deal struck in January 2015. The public was not told of this deal until two weeks ago, and staff have been unable to provide documentation to show there was any earlier notice.  </p><p>This new $1.5 million union payout was never disclosed when the original contract was approved last year and never mentioned to the public or Council. The problem with deals like this is not just that they are costing the taxpayers millions, but they also degrade the public's trust and violate our fiduciary duty to protect the taxpayers. This deal was crafted behind closed doors for special union interests and sprung on the council at the last minute.</p><p>Councilmembers Gallego, Pastor, Stark, Valenzuela and Williams and Mayor Stanton voted for the union giveaway of $1.5 million. Councilmembers DiCiccio, Waring and Nowakowski voted against this special interest payout.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>For more information see<a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-22-16%20Formal.pdf"> June 22, 2016 Formal Council Agenda, Item 53</a>. </p></div>6/22/2016 11:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405