That's as funny as towing dirt
It's almost as funny as the classic "Let them try to tow dirt."
And towing dirt is about as plausible as the PBA acting in good faith.
Historically it has had historic battles with the city. Once, a while back, then City Manager David Grandeau went to the station and demanded everyone get off their duff and go walk the beat and then he officially -- we're not sure what "officially" means but he got some ink out of it -- named a sand trap at Frear Park Golf Course after then PBA President Jack Rogers.
Fitzgerald, if you remember, took the battle to the next step. He, in a very public manner, and by that we mean he called all the news outlets, said the reason John Tedesco was named chief over two other very qualified candidates, Richard "Buddy" McCavy and Tony Magnetto, was because he killed an investigation into an employee using/and or selling drugs out of City Hall.
We haven't heard much about that now have we. Or his lawsuit. He is also suing the city for a suspension levied against him in 2007 for untold millions of dollars.
The PBA is political too and one reason the Democrats took the Troy council. There contact is already up and it's not even close to implausible for the union to stall, ignore Tutunjian, back a candidate of their choosing and then get a favor paid back in the form of a contract that will benefit its members.
Can't blame the union or Fitzgerald really, he's paid his full time salary to represent the rest of the 100 or so officers and make sure they get the best deal they can
It's all about overtime. The mayor's and the chief's desire to bring into a semblance of management and the PBA's desire to get all they can.
Think about it: According to a report in this paper by Dave Canflield, the union is winning:
Five members of the department to date have collected an overtime amount more than 50 percent of their base salary. One detective, Ronald Epstein, has earned some $39,758 this year in overtime alone — roughly equal to the starting salary of a police officer in the city — boosting his total pay to date $103,252.
He was the city’s highest overtime earner in 2009, taking in $68,000 in overtime for a total salary exceeding $140,000.
In all, 13 PBA members have collected more than $20,000 in overtime so far this year.
And as we said, it ain't just the overtime, it's the pension and the pension costs for a lifetime.