Unless the City caves, it could be a trip to court as the City seeks to eliminate minimum manning from the collective bargaining agreement for City firefighters.
That is the only way the City can significantly reduce the number of smoke eaters on staff which has been a long time goal of the city administration and its legal counsel.
For now it's mediation, then comes arbitration. The City's labor lawyer , Terry O'Neill briefed Council on strategy this week.
There's a legal theory that requiring levels of employment takes away an intrinsic right of management, but getting that in front of a judge will take some time.
The department's $9M budget and the multi vehicle response to minor incidents has had some Council members grumbling for ways to reduce the department.
Watertown Daily Times | City, Watertown firefighters begin mediation