Monday, April 14, 2014

Stupid Union News

From The City of Lockport and its firefighters' union, which have had a prickly relationship for months, now are at odds over who should be able to use garage door openers to let the trucks in and out.
The union has filed a grievance over the installation of garage door openers in all Fire Department vehicles, claiming that the rules surrounding the openers violate their contract.
The city went to court Friday to seek a ruling that the Lockport Professional Fire Fighters Association's rejected grievance can't be taken to state arbitration.
The court paperwork the city filed over the signature of Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey sought to paint as ridiculous the dispute over how and by whom the overhead doors to the firehouse are to be opened....
The job of opening the overhead doors at the firehouse to let the vehicles in and out used to belong to the Fire Department's dispatchers. But in May 2010, the city transferred those dispatching duties to the Police Department and installed a remote-control garage door opener at the police desk. Firefighters could still open the doors themselves with a button on the wall inside the firehouse.
In December, the city took the step of placing garage door openers inside all fire vehicles, like the ones many drivers have inside their cars. Fire Chief Thomas J. Passuite issued official guidelines detailing use....
McCaffrey's document said, "Essentially, Local 963 is objecting to the option, provided for and installed at city expense, of using one of the fingers of a firefighter to press down on a button located on the remote control device within the cab of every fire apparatus in order to open the overhead doors of the Fire Department, all for the convenience of firefighters."
Sometimes it's hard to comment because the people involved, in this case, the union, are so utterly stupid, it is beyond comprehension.

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