September 9, 2013 News North
Fort Smith mayor chooses politics after leadership conference
Brake returned from the conference with a new attitude.
“It was a game-changer, man,” he said. “It was complete and utter change for me.”
“It motivated me a bit more and it showed me that I had something to offer still, whereas with all my defeats I had felt that I didn’t,” he said.
July 24, 2015 News North
It’s a deal, Town of Fort Smith and unionized workers reach four-year contract
As for why the talks were so fast and productive, Brake said part of the reason is he and town councillors have worked very hard on improving relationships among council, town administration and the unionized employees.
That included creating a Joint Union Management Participation Committee, which meets on a regular basis and deals with issues not covered by the contract.
“We’ve involved the employees in their own management,” Brake explained.