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Mayor to Unions - You Should Have Stayed Neutral

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City hall, the morning after, and Mayor Dewey Bartlett is still mayor.

"I'm very pleased, obviously, with how things turned out," he said.

Probably not so pleased, the fire fighters union who's big yellow Taylor bus logged countless miles roaming about town, and the union for the Tulsa police who in early October declared...

"The Tulsa FOP has decided to endorse Kathy Taylor this evening."

Two bets on the wrong horse equals one awkward situation.

"What they should have done, if they were smart, was stay neutral, then everything's ok, then they don't have to worry about a bad relationship with somebody," said Bartlett.

From both unions Wednesday, press releases congratulating the mayor on his re-election. Fig leafs after the battle.

"It's nice they are, and I appreciate that, and we'll talk," said Bartlett.

But with victory comes the spoils of being blunt when it comes to police and fire wants.

"I can just tell you very directly that what they want now, we can not afford, and we're not going to agree to a position that's going to put us in a precarious financial situation, we absolutely are not going to do that, period," said Bartlett.

Firefighters are looking for approximately $600,000 for step raises, while the police raises are roughly in the million dollar range.

"From my understanding, we have, there is the funding there," said Jessica Caswell of the Tulsa FOP.

What's more say fire and police, the performance based raise system was the understanding when they were hired.

"This is something we promise these officers when they get hired on to our department," she said.

The morning after, and the fallout that comes with betting on the wrong horse.

"Politics and political retaliation and stuff like that I don't think is something that any mayor would ever consider when it comes to law enforcement," said Caswell.

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