It's been mentioned before that in keeping residents up to date on negotiations with Guelph firefighters, the city has been posting links to news stories on settlements reached in other municipalities.
This hasn't happened before as far and I can tell. Nor has it happened during negotiations with other unionized employee groups.
Now the city has posted a video produced by AMO, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, explaining why an arbitrated settlement, generally speaking, is bad news for municipalities.
Because emergency workers cannot strike, negotiations often turn to an arbitrator, who hears the demands and offers from both sides and makes the final decision. Both sides have to accept what the arbitrator decides.
In the video AMO argues that the arbitrator should be required to look at what a municipality can afford before reaching a decision. And the arbitrator should consider the increases reached with other municipal employee groups and not to only consider increases firefighters have attained in nearby municipalities.
Here the link to the AMO video.
Right now the city and fire fighters' association have been meeting with a conciliator, who is more like a referee helping the two parties reach an agreement.