Rahm Emanuel is Pulling a Scott Walker in Chicago
Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s pal and the major of Chicago, is apparently doing everything he can to destroy the Democratic brand. Maybe he should make it official and switch parties:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is picking his latest fight with unions representing public workers, though the political context is markedly different than his bitter stand-offs with the Chicago Teachers Union, AFSCME and SEIU.
Emanuel has provoked the ire of the firefighter and police unions by planning significant cuts in the firefighter union’s next contract and refusing to pay police officers all the overtime they say are due related to the NATO summit in late May. These unions aren’t traditionally allied with the city’s other public sector unions, which were among the key organizers of protests during the NATO summit, where Chicago police were accused of using excessive force.
While protest leaders circulated videos that they say show police mistreatment of protesters, city officials and business leaders proclaimed the city’s handling of the summit a success and praised law enforcement. But the Fraternal Order of Police has filed four grievances related to the summit and overtime pay, charging that the city is not honoring their union contract or its promises in regards to paying 3,100 officers for overtime—part of a bill for taxpayers that is expected to be huge. Officers had their days off and furlough days cancelled over a two-week period and were ordered to work 12-hour days in preparation for and during the summit.
On the FOP’s website, union president Mike Shields wrote, “We protected the mayor’s residence from anarchists. You’d think he could at least pay us what we are owed.”
At this rate we’re not going to be able to tell a Democrat from a Republican. Then we’ll be totally screwed. Forget party affiliation. What we’ll have is The People Who Rule the World and the rest of us.
Oh, and I can’t think of a better way to get the firefighters and the police to join the “anarchists.”
Rahm Emanuel has got to go.
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