It seems the Boston Police Union (the BPPA) is negotiating now. Maybe they felt the heat from the uniformly-negative reaction to their selfish, dangerous picketing outside the Fleet Center.
Their greed and selfishness -to some extent present in all unions, but a hallmark of the BPPA- is also harming an innocent businessman. A Russian (?) immigrant bought a restaurant called Donovan's Deli that was tremendously popular with city workers like cops, EMTs and the like. Two weeks before the sale, the former owner (Donovan) crossed a BPPA picket line to attend a speech given by the mayor. So the cops decided to boycott the deli. The impact on the deli's business was immediate and severe. It is ongoing. But Donovan isn't being hurt; he sold. It's the new owner and his family and his 30 employees who are suffering. The BPPA doesn't care. They only care about their own pockets.
Which, by the way, are well filled. See this Boston Herald editorial on the subject.
Sense of proportion?
I sympathize with the mayor; he's being extorted.
And it's my money they're making him spend.
UPDATE: The original version of this post carried the wrong name for the police union. It is properly the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association or BPPA.