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Mayor Heartwell 'extremely disappointed' by demonstrator tactics

George Heartwell
Hilary Farrell

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.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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