“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.