When Leighton became the mayor in '04 he told ALL the city worker that concessions had to be made by ALL or the city would go act47 (distressed). The FD stood up and made concessions of more than $4 million over 8 years (no other union did anything) and we didn't go act47.
We then found out that Leighton hid money (McGroarty did first) and fought for that money (about $1 million total), by my math we still gave the city $3 million (the other unions still didn't give squat) and he treats us like a baby treats a diaper.
BTW those figures include overtime, that is overtime LEIGHTON created but not hiring new firefighters as the old retire. We have a certain amount of positions that NEED to be filled every shift and without enough FF's that creates overtime.
Leightons solution to the overtime HE CREATED has been to reduce the number of firefighters per shift. We are now down to 11 from 16, where the Lloyds study (a study the city commissioned, the city paid for and the city has copies of) says that 17 per shift is the minimum for your safety and ours.
Leighton is a master at telling people half truths to make others look bad. It's amazing that people still believe the dictator when he has been caught so many time doing so many illegal things.
Dan Emplit WBFD
AKA Don Quixote