Firefighters to picket in Everett
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Since: Apr 08
#1 Nov 27, 2012
Firefighters from Everett, MA and across the state will hold an informational picket at Everett City Hall tonight expressing dissatisfaction with the mayor after the Massachusetts Department of Labor issued 5 violations of law regarding contract and collective bargaining negotiations.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria is accused of having a total lack of respect for firefighters and the state collective bargaining law going so far as to threaten the termination of the firefighter's contract for the first time in the city's history.
Ina statement released by Everett Firefighters Association Local 143 President Craig Hardy, the informational picket is not about money or financial proposals made by the city but targets the mayor's tactics during the negotiation process.
"This picket is about the total lack of respect the mayor has for Everett Firefighters and the state law" said Hardy in a prepared statement.
Everett Firefighters are part of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts that represents over 12,000 firefighters across the Commonwealth and also are a member of the International Association of Firefighters made up of career firefighters from the United States and Canada.
Over 100 firefighters are expected to take part in the picket that will be held at Everett City Hall, 484 Broadway, Everett, MA from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
#2 Nov 27, 2012
Mayor Carlo DeMaria Has a lack of respect for all mankind. Get him out of office ASAP he cannot talk to anyone, arrogant SOB!!!!!!!!
#3 Nov 27, 2012
He ignores contractual law whenever he sees fit.
That's why the city (taxpayers!) have lost so many lawsuits from current & former employees.
And Mazzie isn't any better
#4 Nov 27, 2012
DeMaria will be too busy meeting with the casino people. What a moron!
#5 Nov 28, 2012
why exactly are they picketing? Anyone know? I'm curious what the grievance is.
#6 Dec 3, 2012
While squiring developer Steve Wynn around the potential site of a casino in the city, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. has been taking heat from the firefighters’ union over accusations that the city violated state labor law through its conduct in contract negotiations.
The dispute intensified last Monday when about 150 union members and supporters held informational picketing outside City Hall.
The picketing came as the state Department of Labor Relations prepares to hold a hearing Dec. 13-14 on seven charges the union has filed.
Kerry Bonner, an investigator from the Department of Labor Relations, examined the union’s allegations and on Oct. 22 found probable cause that the city had committed five violations of state law during negotiations.
Another Department of Labor Relations investigator, Erica Crystal, examined a subsequent set of union allegations and on Tuesday found probable cause that the city had committed two other violations, according to department documents.
The city and the 94-member union, Local 143 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, have been negotiating since June on a contract to replace one that expired at the end of that month.
“This picket is about the total lack of respect the mayor has for Everett firefighters and the state law,” Craig Hardy, the union’s president, said in a prepared statement.“This picket is not about money or any financial proposals the city has offered during current negotiations. Rather, it is about Mayor DeMaria’s tactics during negotiations.”
#7 Dec 3, 2012
During the negotiation period, my administration has been working diligently and in good faith with representatives of Firefighters Local 143 in the effort to modernize the current firefighter contract,” DeMaria said in a statement responding to the union charges and the picketing.“It is my goal to find an equitable and balanced solution to our shared challenges while maintaining the high level of public safety services to the residents of the city of Everett.
“I am confident that with Local 143 returning to the negotiating table, both sides will be able to achieve their respective goals,” DeMaria added.
Hardy said the union on Aug. 21 filed for arbitration before the state’s Joint Labor Management Committee. He said no arbitration hearings have been scheduled.
Hardy said that on Aug. 23, the city notified the union that it was terminating the current contract. The union questions the legality of that action, and believes there was no need for it.
One of the union allegations for which Bonner found probable cause concerned a comment that Albert Mason, the city’s legal counsel, allegedly made at an Aug. 1 bargaining session. The union said that Hardy told Mason he had attended a meeting with the mayor and his chief of staff on or about July 12 in which they discussed contract negotiations. The union alleges that Mason “advised Hardy that if Hardy had spoken to the mayor or spoke to the mayor in the future, he would file an unfair labor practice charge against the union.”
In another of the incidents, the union alleges that on or about July 11 and July 17, the city advised the union that if it filed for contract mediation with the Joint Labor Management Committee, that “the union would be going to the [Joint Labor Management Committee] without a contract, or words to that effect.”
The union also alleged that at an Aug. 21 bargaining session, the city told the union that if it filed the petition for mediation “the city’s funding authority would not fund, and the mayor would not support, a JLMC award that differed from the city’s current proposal.”
The union contended that in all those cases, the city “interfered with, restrained, and coerced employees in the free exercise of their rights” under the law, and in its July 11 and 17 comments, the city “has failed to bargain in good faith with the union by threatening to terminate [the contract] if the union filed a petition with the JLMC.”
One of the charges for which Crystal found probable cause concerns a discussion that the union alleges DeMaria had at the Ferry Street Fire Station on or about Oct. 12 with six union members and without any representatives of the bargaining committee present.
The union said that through statements the mayor allegedly made to those union members — including that “the union leadership is unreasonable, especially Hardy”— the city had “interfered with, restrained, and coerced employees in the free exercise of their rights” and had “bypassed the union by dealing directly with unit members over wages,” also in violation of the law.
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