, Muskogee, OK

August 27, 2013

Compromise great for negotiations

— Both the city of Muskogee and union leaders showed compromise when they reached agreement on new contracts recently.

That’s the way labor negotiations should work and for that both sides deserve praise.

This is the earliest in some time that the city and the three unions — police, firefighters and non-uniformed employees — have agreed on contracts.

The new fiscal year began July 1.

There have been times in the past that the negotiations have continued well beyond the start of the new fiscal year and ended during the new calendar year.

It is obvious that for two sides to reach agreement there had to be compromise.

Both sides will probably tell you that they each won a little and lost a little. That’s the ideal way for this to end.

Politicians could learn from this kind of compromise.

We can’t move forward without some form of compromise.

If each side is posturing for a win at all costs, then someone will lose. And that’s not always the other side.

The citizens of Muskogee also are winners here.

It seems obvious the deals got done faster partially because the negotiations did not spill out into the public eye.

And citizens can rest assured city government rolls on and life and property are being carefully protected by professionals.