This is a letter that I just received from an Observer inside the Arlington Fire Department. It was too good to post in the comments section so I want you to read it in total in as a completely separate post.
left a new comment on your post "Ridiculous":
Mr Parker, District 1 and all city residents,
I'm an insider, I know very well both sides of the argument. I, like many, in
the department have previous civil service experience. Mr Lengthy Anonymous and
other proponents will never change their opinion. I personally believe they
have been misled by their ignorant, bias and malicious association (union)
leadership, have been disciplined before by our Fire Administration, or lost
overtime. Its that simple. That has always been their beef (they would also
love to see our chiefs replaced).
If you want to put them on their heels, ask for a public debate on why civil
service would be beneficial or detrimental. Demand it. When you see how they
react and/or participate, one will know their true motivations.
I've asked, many times for their argument and in their meetings or behind the
scenes its because their current executive board cant get along with the
chiefs. Many on the eboard have limited or no public management experience,
have been disciplined for poor performance or judgement, or have personal
vendettas because they cant articulate an proper argument in labor management
meetings or in meet and confer meetings.
They think they will get all the benefits, pay, and processes back after a
successful election. And what you see happening now with this online debate
between Mr Parker and the proponents is what will happen if they win - lengthy
debates, arguments and negotiations and law suits to get all the good perks we
have now BACK; they want to take local rule away from our locally elected
officials and accountable public managers. Why do we need yet another layer of
governance (i.e. a commission)? Demand the union to prove their points on
unfair disciplines, promotions, and hiring!!! It doesn't exist.
Chapter 143 was first drafted in 1947! It has taken decades for many civil
service cities to get where Arlington has been since the 1980s!
Its not about higher standards and no new taxes. Its about local union thugs
taken control and taking the department back to the dark ages.
I look forward to your blog on promotions and hiring, ours are state of the art
practices and principles that have built our department to be the best around.
Just demand and read the department's approval ratings and the annual
reports!Its all public info.
Lets debate this openly, bring it one union!
Vote No on Prop 2.