Desperate unionists solicit help from AZ GOP PCs

“Misinformation campaign” alleged by firefighter’s union

Tim Hill, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, is deeply concerned.  So much so, in fact, that he has taken the unusual step of contacting Arizona’s elected Republican Party Precinct Committeemen. Hill says GOP PCs are in a “unique position to pass along accurate and relevant information to voters and your fellow party leaders.”

What has moved Hill to conferring such lavish praise?  He obviously hopes to ingratiate himself and his union to the Republican precinct committeemen he desperately needs to align with the union on its liberal legislation. Hill’s Machiavellian plea can be read here.

After slathering on a thick layer of unctuous schmooze, union leader Hill gets to the point. He alleges, “the bills in question all will impose severe restrictions on organizations like the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona.”

Just last week many Phoenix voters received robocalls preceding Tuesday’s special election to effect changes to the city’s pension system. Interestingly, the calls urging passage were from District 5 Councilman Daniel Valenzuela — a Glendale firefighter and former president of the National Association of Hispanic Firefighters, a strong union, representing nearly 30 chapters throughout the country. What would move this union honcho to promote pension reforms?

Lliberal Mayor Greg Stanton actually issued a statement declaring, “Pension reform is the right thing to do.”

Even the uninitiated can easily grasp the fact that committed unionists, reliably Democrats, support tweaking rather than instituting meaningful reform and in their desperation, they beg Republicans to conspire with them.

All-too-rare truth was on display by short-term Phoenix City Councilman Bryan Jeffries, a Mesa fire captain.  He was appointed to fill a vacant seat though he lost  the election in which he ran to retain his perch. Jeffries was quoted in a past issue of the Professional Firefighters magazine saying, “Union work is a calling….” Throughout the publication firefighters are indentified with their union’s local number.

Of vital importance is the fact the union opposed SCR1026 (Secret Ballot: Fundamental Right) on the ballot as Prop. 108, a constitutional amendment which guaranteed the fundamental right of public employees to vote a secret ballot. The union preferred coercion.

The Arizona Supreme Court addressed the legal matter here. Page 19 provides a good summation as it was certified, removed and then certified once again for the ballot. The measure ultimately passed 60.5% to 39.5%

The real misinformation campaign is emanating from the unions.  They are the ones who need to cut the propaganda and give us the facts — not the other way around. Try as Tim Hill might, Republican precinct committeemen will not be conned by this over-the-top, liberal effort at deception.


18 Responses to Desperate unionists solicit help from AZ GOP PCs

  1. says:

    I am an Area Director for 14 precincts in LD 22 GOP. I try to assist and communicate with our PCs. This is how I responded to Mr. Hill: “Mr. Hill, Your arguments are not convincing. Public service employees are compensated with public funds. They are compensated for activities they are supposed to be doing for the public’s benefit, by working for the public during the hours they are compensated by the public. Engaging in activities which solely benefit your members, using hours for which they are being compensated with public funds, is totally unacceptable. If you want to do anything for your members, do that when you are not being compensated with public funds. In other words, on your own dime.” Bernard Paluch

    • Dennis O'Brien says:

      Excellent response, Bernard!! I’m curious. Did you ever receive a reply? I’m guessing not.

    • westnash says:

      Good, but they also need a salary and benefit cut.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Your comment needs to be put in the context of your views on spending in general, Westnash, so that readers are not misled into thinking that you are Conservative.

        You support cuts in military spending in alignment with Democrat B. Hussein Obama:

        “Westnash says:
        February 14, 2013 at 10:17 am
        I would propose an immediate 10% cut in all military expenditures including salaries. All of us can get by on 9 out of 10…..the govt. can as well…it is nothing but would make a huge dent in the problem.”

        You subscribe to the position of Democrat Janet Napolitano that our borders are already secure and so no monies need to be spent to further secure them:

        “Westnash says:
        February 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm
        What I worry that the Secure Our Borders bunch really wants is to spend Billions more in hiring and fences which do nothing but increase the size of Govt.”

        Your fiscal ideas are those of a Liberal Democrat, not a Conservative Republican.

      • Army Of One says:

        This 4-year old salary schedule showed BASE salaries (minus extraordinary benefits) for fire department brass are quite high. Check it out here….

      • eubykdisop says:

        My comment to Westnash, Army Of One, has to do with his attempt to endear himself to Republicans in this blog while consistently supporting Liberal Democrat positions. It’s a case of attempted deception.

        As regards your concern about salaries, Army Of One:

        “Man Arrested for Phoenix Firefighter Death”

        “A man has been arrested in Texas in connection with the death of a Phoenix firefighter in an arson-caused blaze, fire officials say.”

        “Chris Benitez was taken into custody on Saturday, said Hugh Chase of the Phoenix Fire Department.”

        “Bret Tarver, 40, was fighting a blaze at Southwest Supermarket on March 14, 2001, when he ran out of oxygen.”

        “The fire that claimed Tarver’s life started in a mound of trash behind the west Phoenix market, then roared out of control inside. Tarver got tangled in debris in the back of the store and became disoriented.”

        “Rescuers pulled his body out of the fire minutes before the building collapsed.”

        “An autopsy revealed he died of burns and smoke inhalation.”

        The 40 year old fire fighter died from burns and smoke inhalation in debris in the back of a supermarket in a fire started by an arsonist.

        How much should we pay someone for the privilege of having the opportunity, on an ongoing basis, of dying in that manner in the performance of their job? I’ll tell you exactly how much. The average salary for a Phoenix fire fighter is $50,000 per year which is 39% below the national average. Now, would you like me to provide you the link where you can apply to become a Phoenix fire fighter or would you prefer to keep your current job instead?

  2. Seen It All says:

    Question. How did MESA fire captain Bryan Jeffries get appointed to fill a vacant seat the PHOENIX City Council? Weren’t there any people who worked in Phoenix up to the job? Also, why has the fire department been over represented on the council? Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Kahn even had his sister Maria Baier neatly positioned as a Phoenix Council member until Jan Brewer gave her an even higher salaried job as AZ Land Commissioner, which she then promoted to a cushy job at a lefty Institute in Tucson.

  3. MacBeth says:

    Want evidence of union ties to the Democrat Party? Here you go:

  4. Doc says:

    As a Former Firefighter & Elected P.C., I just have 2 (TWO) words for Mr. Hill….get lost…

    • Kimball says:

      Bravo, Doc! Nice to read your pithy comments again. Hope snake oil salesman Tim Hill sees your response. With your unique background, those well chosen words resonate.

  5. Hagar says:

    Only a union crony would have the chutzpah to write such a letter.

  6. Westnash says:

    The average pay is more than $50k and, as usual, Euby brings on distortion. You can apply all you want but unless you are connected you will not get a job there. If you want a shocker, find out what the “average” Phoenix policeman makes yearly.

    If so you could receive a large salary and benefits and retire early with a taxpayer provided pension. I dont blame the workers, I blame the managers.

    Next will come out tears that, oh, we may have to lay off some firemen and policemen, or just a “small” tax increase.

    Not one second of “union work” should be allowed during paid time. That is a long time scam that union leaders from all unions have leaned on for decades.


    • eubykdisop says:

      ROFL! I challenge you to prove that the average pay for a City of Phoenix fire fighter is more than $50,000 per year. Let’s see your data, Westnash. Put your money where your mouth is, LOL! THIS I want to see!

      Like all Liberal DEMOCRATS, Westnash has disdain for those who put their lives at risk for his benefit. Just like his hero, DEMOCRAT B. Hussein Obama, Westnash wants to cut military spending but Westnash goes beyond even Obama in wanting to cut military pay:

      “Westnash says:
      February 14, 2013 at 10:17 am
      I would propose an immediate 10% cut in all military expenditures including salaries. All of us can get by on 9 out of 10…..the govt. can as well…it is nothing but would make a huge dent in the problem.”

      Liberal DEMOCRAT Westnash shows the same disdain for those who serve in law enforcement, making this attack on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio:

      “Westnash says:
      March 1, 2013 at 9:06 am
      Interesting that when you have someone like Joe who continues to hang on…you have a real vacuum behind them. Their ego just wont let them develop a successor. Joe should retire soon and develop a strong successor…but I am afraid hubris has set in long ago.”

      This is typical of Liberal DEMOCRATS, showing disdain for those who put their lives on the line for their benefit. What would Westnash spend money on? He would have us spend taxpayer dollars teaching every child in the state of Arizona to… speak Spanish!

      “Westnash says:
      March 12, 2013 at 8:36 am
      I would be in favor of Arizona requiring Spanish (for legal students of course).”

      Hasta la vista, Westy!

  7. William says:

    How did they get the e-mail addresses of the PCs?

    What insider at AZGOP sold them that list?

    • Him says:

      I’m a PC and I didn’t get this or any other email from any firefighters. But I do get lots of stuff from my LD, the MCRC and the AZGOP so that indicates to me that the email didn’t come from any of them.

      Any other PC’s not get the firefighter email?

  8. LEO IN TSN says:

    All of these public unions are just sub-chapters of the major American labor unions which are supported, promoted and tied to the communist party usa. The only exception would probably be the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which is an entity unto itself and is not a union. Unfortunately, the FOP seems to be steadily losing ground to the AFL-CIO police unions, which then requires more and more jurisdictions to be passing no-strike laws and ordinances.

    If you look at the websites of the various public employee unions, they proudly display their AFL-CIO affiliations. And of course, AFL-CIO groups proudly display their relationship with communist party usa like this:

    May 6, 2011
    “A May Day rally in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by the SEIU and various communist groups, as well as other unions, reflected yet another step in the normalization of self-identified communist and socialist ideologies in the Obama era. Not only did the SEIU help to organize the rally in conjunction with communists, they marched side-by-side with communists, while union members carried communist flags, communists carried union signs, and altogether there was no real way to tell the two apart.”

    May 1, or May Day, is the day chosen by the communist party as “their day.” If you follow the link, you will see the photos of the rally that show “…there is no real way to tell the two apart.” Now ask yourself “Is it any surprise that the dimocrat party is SO supportive of and SO supported by these labor unions?”

    Whattaya think?

    God bless America.

    • eubykdisop says:

      There is a long and well-documented history, going back to at least the “Great Depression”, of Commies using labor unions to organize. It’s way too much to present here but all of it is out there, even on the internet.

      Saul Alinsky admits that he spent years closely associated with the mobsters in Chicago and that he learned much from them. Mobsters too have long been associated with labor unions. That is where the Commies learned the violent tactics which we see them so often employ using union thugs.