“This is a point of pride for us — something we want to do,” Livingston said. He added it should be easier for Extent to do so because “most of what we build is non-union.”

That might not go over well with labor leaders who endorsed Ganim in 2015. Glenn Marshall, head of the New England Council of Carpenters Local 2010, hoped the mayor would “encourage” Exact to use unionized labor.

“We have a lot of local Bridgeport residents, many of which are minorities,” Marshall said Thursday.

Several residents observed Tuesday’s contracts committee discussion, including Bob Keeley, a former state representative who is running for City Council.

“This is a rush job,” Keeley interjected at one point, adding later: “This was done … for Joe Ganim for governor.”