Bill Peduto, when asked by KDKA’s Marty Griffin whether he can take on the firefighter’s union and still become mayor:
“If you don’t take on the contract, and win the race, what the hell did you win?”
We’re awful late to this game, so we’ll kick you right over to the Burgh Report to play catch up. But there’s a lotta, lotta, lotta ballgame left on this front.
Union president Joe King was able to respond that they can’t reduce overtime because firefighting staff is limited under Act 47, thank you very much Councilman Peduto. But it sounds like the councilman wants to negotiate the new contract from scratch. Although he insists pensions are off the table, he’s definitely talking minimum staffing requirements, if not pay scales. Of course, King countered with the safety card.
Peduto is banking on resentment from Tom Murphy’s late-in-the-race concessions to the firefighter’s union, and the resulting financial hardship. He describes “a city that can’t afford to pay its bills.”
When Peduto describes himself as “being responsible rather than critical,” we are reminded of Mayor Ravenstahl’s frequent insistence that he “believes in Pittsburgh’s future.”
The Ravenstahl camp has been the one touting present and planned development, so we are left to infer economic growth will take care of any lingering financial woes.
The Grand Analogy just keeps broadening in scope.