While it's not a statewide issue but rather a Boston issue, it is still relevant for all Massachusetts taxpayers in that it sets a precedent that all union negotiators will look at - Boston firefighters ended up with less than they wanted, but they are still 1) getting paid more for agreeing to come to work sober; and 2) getting generous raises at a time when the cost of living adjustment is zero, and many taxpayers are out of work or seeing their wages and hours cut.

And that stinks.

The Globe's editorial today is spot on)


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