HEY CHOPPER! GOT ROOM FOR ONE MORE?
I MAY ONLY BE A VOL ON A ALL VOL DEPT. 1,000 MILES AWAY,BUT I AM A LOYAL UNION MAN. I spoke to the guys I work with and there are at least 20 Steelworkers here in IN on your side. An attack on a union there is the same as a attack on Local 1191 here to us. Fight the good fight man!! We are with you!!:)
You're Right: It's Union vs. Union, It's not about Public Service
It's been made very clear by a number of recent posts: this is a dispute where one IAFF local is trying to keep members of another IAFF local from serving as volunteers in their area. Those most vocal about this state that they're not opposed to volunteers. So, if someone shows up with the proper credentials and wants to volunteer who's not an IAFF member, that's great. This person could be a military firefighter, career firefighter in non-union department, union electrician, non-union person in totally unrelated career, etc.
This seems mighty odd. First, it's not in the best interest of the fire service for any location to exclude qualified persons for any reason. Second, if persons were excluded because of any of a number of other reasons: gender, race, religion, etc., it would be illegal.
So, once again, this is one instance where private union economic issues take precedence over the good of fire protection. To be clear, much of what the IAFF does is for the good of fire protection. But, this attempt goes directly against that.