AS HE promised during the campaign, Mayor Walsh has negotiated a tentative contract with Boston Firefighters Local 718 without the need for extended arbitration. But city taxpayers don’t know whether to cheer or jeer, because neither the mayor nor the union has offered any details on the deal.
Boston continues to face an uncertain fiscal environment in terms of state aid as well as heavy pension and retiree health care liabilities. Walsh, who enjoyed a lot of labor support, reiterated many times along the campaign trail that he intended to be good fiscal steward. This contract will go a long way toward proving or disproving that statement. And it’s not comforting that he has decided to clam up.