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The ‘Stros are 60-29 at the All Star Game break. When we went to the World Serious in 2005, what was our record at the All Star Game break?

They sure are a long way from the days when they endorsed the H-Town Mayor a couple of years go. Commentary is talking about the H-Town Firefighters and their latest move. Here is from Mike Morris of the Chron:

Houston firefighters are launching a campaign to place on item on the November ballot asking voters to mandate parity in pay between corresponding firefighter and police-officer ranks.

The petition drive to amend the city charter, slated to launch Saturday morning, follows the fire union’s decision last month to sue the city over stalled contract talks, alleging Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration failed to negotiate in good faith.

“I don’t know what else to do. We’re trying to find a fair and reasonable solution that affects 4,100 members and their families,” said Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association. “Let’s let the voters decide what’s fair and we’ll see.”

The mayor’s office declined comment.

Houston firefighters have been without a contract for three years. The “evergreen” terms that had governed their employment during that time lapsed last month, reverting to state law and local ordinance. City Council made the terms in that local ordinance less favorable in a unanimous vote on the same morning the union filed its lawsuit.

And this:

“It’s bordering on very disturbing the way the city treats firefighters,” Lancton said, adding that his group’s effort seeks only to return to Houston’s historical parity between police and fire personnel.

And this:

“I know they’re desperate and they’re my friends, but this is a non-starter,” (Houston Police Union Executive Director Mark) Clark said of the firefighters’ petition drive. “They’ve got an important job, but police and firefighters do not have the same job, and their rank structures are completely different. Just to come in and say, ‘We want what they’ve got’ – certainly I understand asking, but where in the world would the city of Houston come up with the kind of money that it would take?”

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Firefighters-frustrated-with-contract-talks-11274186.php.

Some folks are going to say, hey you folks jumped on the Mayor’s program early on so just live with it and I don’t blame them. I wonder how many of their elected official friends are going to be supporting their effort. When you attach a significant supposedly $40 mil fiscal note to it under our current financial situation, it is going to be a tough sell to the voters. Not impossible, but difficult.

Here is Kuffer’s take:

Apparently, something like $40 million per year, according to the story. This is an easy No vote for me, if it comes to one. We elect representatives to make these decisions, and it is generally my preference for that system to be allowed to do its thing. There’s a place for letting the voters decide on things, but this is not one of them. The cost, the difficulty in setting up a system to match job ranks, the fact that this is an obvious retaliatory move for the recent political setbacks the firefighters have experienced, those are also factors. I have no idea what happens from here, but if this does get on the ballot it will be interesting to see how a campaign plays out. The potential for it to get ugly is very high.

They really have no one to blame but themselves on this issue. It was their political calculation. Just saying.

In 2005, the ‘Stros were 44-43 at the All Star Game break of course.

A 19-1 victory certainly put an accent on our 60-29 record which has us 16 ½ games up in the AL West with a plus 162 run differential and a .289 team batting average. And we also have our three starting All Stars batting .347, .325, and .310 – that’s Altuve, Correa, and SpringerDinger.

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