Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett has agreed to hold contract talks with the Tulsa Fire Fighters' Union. The mayor is scrambling to come up with budget cutting measures that do not include lay-offs. The Mayor says the Fire Department Union understands the city budget constraints and wants to talk about proposals to spare up to 135-fire fighter jobs.
The mayor, meanwhile, has not agreed to such talks with the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police. The police union compared the mayor to an extortionist during a recent news conference.