Cops union counts spoils with St. Pete Mayor Foster while fire union struggles
ST. PETERSBURG — It's time for the city to renegotiate its contract with firefighters, but talks don't seem nearly as cordial as they were for the Suncoast Police Benevolent Association.
The police union, which had its contract ratified unanimously by the City Council two weeks ago, committed money and volunteers to help Mayor Bill Foster win office last year. The firefighters union endorsed rival Kathleen Ford.
While the police scored major coups that were supported by Foster — domestic benefits, more expensive ballistic vests, take-home cars and a more expansive chase policy — the fire union has struggled to find common ground with the rookie mayor.