As notices are being readied for the eight fire captains being demoted to firefighter, the men involved face what no employee likes. Making less.
Even though they still will make $26.75 and hour plus steps, longevity and a thick benefits package, it's still about ten grand a year less. In the context of coworkers, friends and family, they surely will feel some level of embarassment at being "demoted", as achieving rank of any kind is a source of pride and status.
Some citizens say they are upset, others have said its high time the department was reined in.
The City launched a mini PR campaign designed to show how top heavy the FD is. It had an impact. Emotions are raw and it's by no means over.
Now a small course correction has been made, and for the gang of eight, they get to bear the brunt while all the other excesses in all the governments around us go on. Would anyone in Big Education be asked to take a 16% pay cut to make a bloated system sustainable ?
City Council must achieve a game changing CBA that challenges convention and must decide what the real agenda is here as reducing the current budget by one percent is hardly achieving "sustainability."
Both sides will have to decide whether the future is an innovative and frank bargaining process or just a continued lawyer full employment program. Lawyers serve a function but usually make their living off the churn of human emotions and often leave the scene paid while the clients wonder what they got fot their money.