HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | At least, the Hayward City Council puts its money where its mouth is.

As the city continues its hard line against some of its public employee labor groups, the Daily Review reports, the new City Council will again turn down a 2.6 percent cost of living increase and continue paying half the cost of its dental insurance premium.

During the recent city elections in Hayward, unhappy union officials charged the City Council with sweetening their own pot with pay raises and additional benefits while lowering those of city workers, but the allegations were totally false.

Conversely, many public officials in other East Bay cities were aghast to learn of Hayward’s over-the-top gambit to impose a five percent wage cut on workers earlier this year. Although Hayward’s fiscal landscape is somewhat dreary, the economic hole it faced is no different than other city in the Bay Area, or even the state.

On Tuesday, the continuing hostility between management and labor in Hayward enters a new and hopefully equitable phase with the swearing–in of a new mayor and council member. Mayor-elect Barbara Halliday will officially become Hayward’s next leader, replacing Mayor Michael Sweeney, who retires after three non-consecutive terms. Councilmember-elect Sara Lamnin, who was heavily backed by labor, will also be sworn-in Tuesday night along with Councilmember Marvin Peixoto for his second term in office.

The council is also expected to lay the groundwork for appointing a candidate to fill the remaining two years on Halliday’s council term. The appointment will likely be made in the next few weeks.