But the fundamental idea behind municipal workers' pensions in his mind — fair compensation for good work — shouldn't be thrown out for the lowest bidder, Berardino said.
"We got to get away from this race to the bottom," he said. "The question isn't, Why we should have it. The question is why shouldn't we all have it in the richest country in the world?"
Berardino then offered to negotiate with the city, but on one condition: the council has to rescind the layoff notices it distributed in March to 213 workers.