A year ago the City Manager was charged with researching and putting together a history of Firefighter collective bargaining agreements and how we got to where we are today in staffing.
Now the Mayor has announced the details of that work and what he sees as the excesses of the CBAs will be revealed. In short City Hall is beginning a PR offensive to counter the lawn sign and radio spots from the other side..
This is a long overdue policy as endless executive sessions and secret bargaining sessions do not help public understanding of the dispute between the Third Floor and a fifth of its workforce.
At the center of the matter is management's right to determine staffing and while both sides now say they accept the 15 person model, clearly as budget constraints build that model will be reduced.
Next week Council will decide on a tax cap override. My understanding is Councilman Walczyk plans to oppose the override and I can't imagine too many others will think it a good idea to vote for it.