Release: Milford DPW Union Makes Mayoral Endorsement

'Peter really respects the work we do,' the union president said in the following statement released by Spalthoff.

Peter Spalthoff, Republican candidate for mayor of Milford. Credit: Contributed Photo
Peter Spalthoff, Republican candidate for mayor of Milford. Credit: Contributed Photo
Originally published on our Opinion Board by Peter Spalthoff, Republican candidate for mayor of Milford

Peter Spalthoff, Republican candidate for mayor, announced (Monday) that he has received the endorsement of AFSCME Local 1566, the union representing Milford Department of Public Works employees.

Spalthoff welcomed the union's endorsement.

"This is a proud moment for me," he said. "It's truly an honor to gain the trust and support of hardworking city employees like the members of AFSCME Local 1566. These men and women care deeply about the quality of the services they provide to Milford residents and businesses.

"Local 1566 members want to make Milford a better place to live, work and learn. I want the same thing. By working together, and demonstrating mutual respect for each other's views, we can achieve that. We won't always agree, but we will always communicate with each other when it comes to providing top-notch public services."

Local 1566 President Michael Hedman said Spalthoff impressed union members with his commitment to protecting public services and fostering open communication.

"Peter really respects the work we do," Hedman said. "He knows we are proud to serve the public and wants to make sure we have the ability to get the job done.

"Being a former Trumbull police officer and union member, Peter also understands the challenges of being a public servant and the importance of maintaining dialogue between the chief elected official and the bargaining representative for city workers."
tlkensington October 15, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I wonder how the other unions will go? I also wonder how the DTC and Blake will spin this.
Mark Lofthouse October 16, 2013 at 07:17 AM
I had no doubt about this endorsement for Peter Spalthoff from city workers. I look forward with confidence to seeing Peter receive additional city employee endorsements. Vote Spalthoff this election.
Joe Della Monica October 16, 2013 at 08:07 AM
I can truely understand why the Public Works Department endorsed Peter Spalthoff. He understands how a unionized work force operates, what is important to them and what fair negotiating means when the time comes. I'm sure Peter will get other unions to follow the Public Works Department with the exception of the Teachers Union because the Mayor's parents are both deeply entrenched BOE union supporters and the Police Department Union which takes it's marching orders from state run union officials
Michael October 16, 2013 at 08:33 AM
Mark - don't hold your breath. I hope the union knows Peter supports 401Ks over pension plans.
Mark Lofthouse October 16, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Michael who???
JP October 16, 2013 at 08:41 AM
401Ks over pension plans?!!! Horrors!!!! Public sector employees now have higher average salaries than private sector workers. Across the country, the shift to having these employees pay into their own retirement funds, just like everyone else, is happening. The days of cushy tax-payer funded pensions are coming to an end. Get used to it.
Lou Romney October 16, 2013 at 09:57 AM
Peter has a level of private sector experience that Ben Blake could only dream about. As many of you know, Peter worked in the banking and then the mortgage broker sectors which are THE MOST highly regulated areas of the private sector today. The important thing to remember is that he SUCCEEDED tremendously at both. EXPERIENCE COUNTS friends and I find it a shame that another candidate is 'borrowing' that phrase when it is clearly inappropriate for them to do so.
Lou Romney October 16, 2013 at 09:59 AM
I sincerely CONGRATULATE Michael Hedman and local 1566 for REALIZING that both 1566 and Peter Spalthoff want to do what's best for our city and are willing to work together. Peter comes from the private sector where things get done, get done right and there's accountability. Isn't that what we need now ?
TB October 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM
@Lou: When you say private sector experience do you mean when he was a mortgage broker? In case you forgot, it was the mortgage industry that helped crash the economy. I’m positive that if elected he will use that “private sector” experience to privatize most city services and lay off employees to pay for his wasteful spending plans.
Mark Lofthouse October 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM
@TB - Peter was a Peoples Bank Vice Present and also ran his own successful mortgage brokerage for 16 years. You seem to forget that the crash you speak of, was due to our Federal Government's meddling in the private sector home loan industry. I suggest you read Jimmy Carter's "Community Reinvestment Act", which was forced down the throats of banks to lend to uncreditworthy / disadvantaged communities and set the stage for the financial disaster 30years later. Clinton pushed the CRA into hyperdrive in the early 1990's and voila....CRASH! As for Privatization, you have Peter all wrong....I'd bet my house that the current administration is already hard at work looking at Privatization and/or Regionalization.
Lou Romney October 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM
@ TB I truly mean no offense, but you should check your facts before you post. I am a reverse mortgage loan officer and hold 2 degrees in finance and have taught finance to other MBA students. The crash you refer to was definitely NOT caused by the mortgage industry. There were 2 causes. 1) a govt. policy to lend to people who did not have the BASIC requirement for a loan i.e. the ability to repay ( this was a civil rights issue ). 2) Wall Street and the secondary market worked hand in hand with our Credit Reporting agencies. The secondary market was STARVING for high yielding investments and the credit agencies wrongfully upgraded the worth and downgraded the risk of mortgage 'bundles' so that they could be sold at high prices in the secondary market. This is all well documented and dozens of books have been written on this subject. The point is that if you go to a restaurant, you can order what's on the menu. If you get a loan you can get the products that the secondary market wants to buy. Regarding the rest of your post, I have NO NEED at all for career politicians who have NOT proven themselves in the private sector. Check out obamacare's rollout and popularity if you need more proof !
Joe Della Monica October 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM
@ TB Let's not forget who Co/chaired the banking industry when it went belly up. That's right, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. Two Democrats who should have received prison time instead of shame and ridicule
Lou Romney October 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM
@ Abe, you are quite correct. Thank you for the reminder. @ TB, I think it is very wrong to associate the financial crisis of this country with Peter Spalthoff. Have you met and spoken with Peter ? If you have not, I would be very happy to contact Peter and try to set up a time for you to meet and talk. You are welcome to get together at my house.
JP October 16, 2013 at 01:38 PM
The 4 posts above hit the nail on the head -- it was not "mortgage brokers" who crashed the economy, it was the government -- Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, and Freddie MAC and Fannie Mae handing out mortgages to people with marginal jobs, limited income, and next-to-nothing down payments. But of course, since it was work of democrats, that whole story was pretty much ignored by the media.
Lou Romney October 16, 2013 at 03:17 PM
@ JP...Thank you for realizing this basic truth about the mortgage industry. The Dodd/Frank bill was SO harmful to the industry that both Dodd and Frank did not run for re election. I am truly embarrassed that Dodd, the co sponsor, is from CT.
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 16, 2013 at 04:50 PM
This thread has moved far astray from the union endorsement I have been an elected Committeeman since 1961, which make me the oldest committeeman in the MRTC. This does not mean that I approve of all that is going on in Washington DC. In fact, I oppose the actions of the Tea Party and said so 4 years ago. Lets get back to the action of the Milford unions.
Tempy October 16, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Mr. Goldwyn - i learned today reading Mr. Romney posts about the crash. Please don't discourage intelligent people from sharing information about topics others may find interesting and important on these boards. Knowledge is power and I, for one, never turn down an opportunity to learn, even after achieving a degree in medicine.
Justsaying October 17, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Mr. Froeman and Mr. Romney: grammar tip of the day: It's (with an apostrophe) is a contraction of "it is." Its (without the apostrophe) is a possessive pronoun. Mr. Froeman: It should be "The Police Union takes its (not it's) marching orders from state run union officials." Mr. Romney: It should be "The City of Milford and its (not it's) residents...local 1566 and its (not it's) members.." You can take solace in the fact that the confusion between its and it's is a common grammatical mistake made by many.
Nobama October 17, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Normally I just read the ridiculousness that goes on this site, but today I feel the need to act. I’m a diehard republican and proud of it. I’m worried about the future of my party that promotes small government and right to work values. Now we have unions endorsing Peter Spalthoff as Mayor, what is this madness? I was scared when he was the nominee being the party traitor that he is but this confirmed all my fears. Spalthoff is in bed with the unions?!?!?!?!? What kind of liberal is this guy? Not ashamed to say I wont be voting this November. Im packing up my family and moving away from this Malloy/Spalthoff mess.
tlkensington October 17, 2013 at 07:46 PM
I always like those on the fringe of the Republican Party. If someone doesn't agree with them then they are a traitor. That is the attitude that shut down the federal government for 2 weeks and has done serious harm to the GOP.
Anthony Piselli October 21, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Mark- it's Michael the rear of the crowd stone thrower-so he can run before he can be held responsible for any statements he makes!! Nobama -- without knowing the FACTS-- you sound like a RINO-- get the facts if you are a republican meet with Peter- he has nothing to hide- otherwise you should not claim the Privilege of being a Republican. Get the FACTS-- if you DARE!
Anthony Piselli October 21, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Peter ! Congratulations I know that with open mindedness and the willingness to sit down and have an open discussion with the employees through out city hall and public works and our safety personnel for their betterment and the betterment of the City of Milford you will be a more than one term Mayor!
Cindy October 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Congratulations Peter! A well deserved vote of confidence from the Public Works Union and now the Supervisors Union. With Peter's extensive business background, he will do a great job in running our wonderful city as the next Mayor.


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