Guess We’re Stuck with It, Then
Could there be a better expression of Rhode Island’s erroneous mentality than EMT’s comment to Marc’s post on the triple-dipper union fireman?
So why is this only OK for union presidents who don’t rock the boat?
All you conspiracy theorists REALLY believe that Cicilline didn’t feed this straight to the Journal, who are trying to anoint him Governor?
He broke no laws, and he can’t even be brought up on department charges because it’s been past practice- a key labor law term.
The State Police laughed this out of their office. It’s only an issue because the mayor is desperate for leverage against a union that his yes-man Farrell can’t dictate to.
I suspect I’m not alone among Anchor Rising types in not caring how this information came to light and in not believing that the same behavior used to be OK.
It’s a travesty that it’s taking the utter collapse of the state’s finances to spur this sort of intra-insider contention. That it appears unique against the historical backdrop indicates how out of kilter Rhode Islnd’s public sector has been. Such political wrangling is built into our system precisely to make it in everybody’s interest to watch for excesses from everybody else.
It’s disheartening that even relatively reasonable pro-union folks can’t bring themselves to see the fault in Doughty’s behavior.