Real people sometimes get in the middle of epic battles and for the eight fire captains being demoted to firefighter, there surely must be a feeling of anger, resentment and questioning why they ended up at the tip of the spear in contract talks so far going nowhere.
The union made the names available after the Mayor said they shouldn't be as it's a "personnel matter". No it isn't. This was a political and budgetary decision and this year both sides have not hesitated to make their positions public.
Council adopted the demotions of these eight men but rejected other organizational changes proposed by the CM.
City Hall is trying to break the union's manning clause which drives the cost of the department and the demotions are surely part of the bargaining strategy as the savings alone don't justify what is being spent on the showdown, not to mention morale issues.