I've never understood the double super-secret negotiations between city management and employee unions. The FD contract negotiations seem endless yet the public remains in the dark. Why is that? I don't think there is any absolute requirement to do so. Both sides can agree to open negotiations. So why is it that the only people not privy to these elongated negotiations are the same people that will ultimately pay for the service.
Considering government transparency is in vogue (sort of), and we are talking about taxpayer funds, how long is this process going to continue while keeping the consumer/financiers/money providers in the dark? The entire process is absurd.
Who is protecting whom?