For too long negotiations and grievances have been secret affairs in which even the elected officials are kept in the dark.
It was revealing last fall when, with a city employee running for office, staff and counsel briefed lawmakers on the contentious and litigious nature of the Third Floor's relationship with the person.
When the tick tock of that relationship became an issue, suddenly there was an effort to put the genie back in the bottle by claiming everything's a "personnel" matter. There was even a feigned investigation.
We see now, with this gardening grievance at the fire house, that sunlight is the best antiseptic.
It's a balancing act as every bit of soiled laundry may not be in the public interest to reveal, but it's good that lawmakers and union leaders are publicly speaking out.
Councilman Jennings has taken the lead now and is speaking out in a way lawmakers haven't before.
In doing so, he likely ensures his reelection, solidifies his base and positions himself as the mayoral winner in the next election in 2019.
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