For readers eagerly awaiting news from contract arbitration between the city and police union — which is open to the media for the first time and will surely include titillating discussion of pensions and municipal budget priorities — you'll be glad to learn that discussion this morning focused on climate control, proper seating and brightness of the AV equipment.
In private negotiating sessions with a neutral arbitrator this morning, the police union successfully argued that the room's stuffiness and limited seating warranted a move to the DoubleTree Hotel. The blue plastic seating, joked FOP lawyer Bryan Campbell, looked like something you could buy at "Kmart for $10."
Police union president Howard McQuillan agreed that the room should match the professionalism of the presentation and said that the police union would pay for the accommodations. The neutral arbitrator had previously ruled arbitration proceedings would happen on the sixth floor of the City-County building, but was apparently not interested in sweating it out, either.
For a peak at the non-temperature related issues under discussion in the police contract, check out our preview here.
And for those of you following along at home, or are hoping the police union will also foot the bill for an open bar, the union's presentation is set to begin at the DoubleTree at 12:30 p.m.