The key difference this year in this fight is that the City is scrapping the executive session griping and going public.
Labor negotiations in all public domains have been kept on the down low for years. The reason ? It produces better results for the union. In school districts they all agree to keep the results secret till after they are voted on. Timid administrators and their lawyers never explain the true costs and the media is conditioned to just get the annual percentage numbers.
However, the clearly disparate attitude at the top for police and fire is curious. If you are going to use the same rhetoric, you'd have to talk about the cops driving around on cell phones or sitting in parking lots chewing the fat
In a world with fewer fires and more crime, the old notion of a fire department pales and the pitting of the two uniformed services against one another finds a receptive audience. However such a war of words invites scrutiny and retaliation some may find unwanted.
Conflict sells, and the local MSM is loving it. The rest of us just keep paying the bills.
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