The Board of Selectmen voted in support of the measure. In response, The Town of Winchester Retirees gathered over 600 signatures requesting that the board rescind the 2012 vote and pursue more equitable policies to balance the town’s budget.
“We understand that the unanimous vote of the selectmen on the recommendation of the Town Manager to increase the insurance premiums was absolutely legal,” Jan Dolan wrote to the Board. “We understand that Retirees have no rights in this matter. Our days of collective bargaining are long gone.”
According to Dolan’s letter, Town Manager Richard Howard told the Retiree Committee that they did not have to include them in the decision.“As a Winchester taxpayer, I should salute the selectmen when they find a way to save money, Dolan wrote. “But in this instance, I cannot. I had this awful image of a school yard bully who looks around for the weakest and most defenseless. In this case, the retirees are the prey.”
The Board voted no action on this issue.