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Union calls whistleblowers snitches

2004-03-24 17:14:44.622326+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Wow. The San Francisco Fire Department recently had a fracas where a few firefighters were busted for drinking on the job. Whistle-blowers called snitches in union newsletter. The Local 798 website doesn't have a current issue up, so I don't have the primary source, but the article quotes extensively:

...union official Tom O'Connor, denounces "a separate subterranean group of 'leaders' (who) appear fixated on bringing down the Fire Department in the public eye."

"The new generation of 'snitches,' " O'Connor wrote, is focusing on "destroying all that this department stands for . . . all just to advance their own interests.''

I really hope this guy was quoted out of context, but having read assorted union newsletters in the past, I'm fairly sure that he was voicing the worst of interpretations that could possibly be laid to his words.

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-24 18:27:18.962195+00 by: Jerry Kindall

Tom O'Connor has basically just admitted that what the department stands for is drinking on the job, and then covering it up. He seems to have forgotten that the purpose of the fire department is not to provide jobs for firefighters, but rather to fight fires and to protect public safety.

Of course, Kristen Odlaug doesn't come off much better, accusing her fellow firefighters of just waiting for an excuse to beat her up.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-26 00:26:23.541504+00 by: petronius

Union newsletters are the pits. I read my wife's newsletter from the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents IRS, Customs, some Social Security and other Federal servants. Every article, every single one, mentions the current president by full name at least twice. I don't think Saddam Hussein got mentioned so often in the Daily B'Aathtub in the good old days.