Contract talks have collapsed and the union representing city firefighters has declared impasse, a move not likely a surprise to the City. The effort to eliminate minimum manning through collective bargaining was never a high probability as there is no incentive for the union to do so as it's unlikely that would be granted if the matter went to binding arbitration, the final step under the Taylor Law.
Other than capitulation, the other option is litigation resulting from intentional breach of the contract.
Last year's rejection of the fire grant, the hiring of Terry O'Neill as labor counsel, the agenda of a firefighter candidate for Council and private talks between a Mayoral candidate and the union all became issues in the campaign, and it will be interesting to see how all this works out.
Council members met in executive session last night to get an update.