Mayor Heartwell 'extremely disappointed' by demonstrator tactics
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell says he’s “extremely disappointed” by a Tuesday evening action performed by local union supporters.
The demonstration occurred during public comment at a city meeting, and included about a dozen people lying down and chanting.
Organizers say the intent was to raise awareness of negotiations between the Rapid transit system leadership and its local union.
Those negotiations stalled earlier this year and include changes to employee pension.
Heartwell, who was out of town and not present at the evening meeting, says in a statement that similar situations “will not be tolerated” in the future.
Heartwell and mayor-elect Rosalynn Bliss are among municipal leadership members appointed to the Rapid's Interurban Transit Partnership board.