The aribitator assigned to the case sided with the city, Monday, on a big issue: staffing. The decision says the city can reduce it's firefighters from 64 per shift to 59. All of those will either be retirees or workers who voluntarily choose to leave.
The mayor says it's a big victory in this nearly 8 year old contract battle.
"This would not hurt the public and it was not going to hurt our firefighters in terms of officer safety. We had provisions which cover us for that, so when you combine those elements along with our financial distress of the community, or economic ability to pay, I think that helped make the case for us," said Mayor Larry Morrissey.