Cooperation

co·op·er·a·tion (kōˌäpəˈrāSHən), noun

1. the process of working together to the same end.

It isn’t really cooperation when the City is telling you to you will like what we give you and shut up already if you don’t like it.

Bargain

bar·gain (ˈbärgən), verb

1. negotiate the terms and conditions of a transaction.

You can’t really negotiate a deal for  pay and benefits if the City is unwilling to bargain in any meaningful way. Saying you are trying to bargain a deal is not the same as actually sitting down and bargaining a deal.

Deal

deal (dēl), noun

1. an agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit, esp. in a business or political context..

The key word is “mutual.”

You can’t really reach a deal regarding pay and benefits if the City is demanding all the benefits.

Compromise

com·pro·mise (kämprəˌmīz), noun

1. an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.

Sometimes it is called the “Middle Ground.”

And in dealing with the City this area in the middle seems kind of lonely. We’ve been waiting around here in the middle but the City is nowhere to be found.