Mayor Joe Butler used Tuesday's Council meeting to unload on the Firefighters union and reveal the frustrations that have led a majority of Council to support staff efforts to strip the union of staffing language in their CBA.
The Mayor says the union has waged a PR effort during negotiations and Mr. Butler had had enough.
It's refreshing this cloak of secrecy that always shrouds contract talk was pulled away. For years the case against the firefighters has been made in private by managers and the city attorney and the initiative to hire a lawyer to prosecute that strategy intensified the past two years.
The City's position needs to be explained and that's what the Mayor began doing at this meeting.
Council also set the stage for busting through the tax cap by introducing a local law to be debated next month. The Mayor and Councilman Horbacz also publicly backed single stream recycling.