It Begins… Unions Use Images of OKC Bombing in Collective Bargaining Ads

They will stop at nothing…
The International Association of Firefighters is using tasteless images from the Oklahoma City Bombing to fight a state bill which changes how public safety labor unions and cities handle contract disputes.

NewsOK reported:

A state senator today blasted a firefighter union television advertisement as “horrific and tasteless” for using images of the Oklahoma City bombing to make a case against his bill.

The advertisement by the International Association of Firefighters began airing today.

It asks residents to oppose Senate Bill 826, which changes how public safety labor unions and cities handle contract disputes.

Several images of firefighters are used in the commercial, including a short clip of the remnants of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after it was bombed April 19, 1995.

When the image of the bombed Murrah Building is shown in the commercial, a narrator says: “We’re there when you need us. Now we need you. Tell politicians to do what’s right: Oppose SB 826 and support Oklahoma’s firefighters.”

“The AFL-CIO and the IAFF should be ashamed of this horrific and tasteless commercial,” said Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City. “The victims and heroes of April 19th are not political pawns to be exploited whenever the Legislature seeks to reform a union negotiating process.”

Holt, a trustee for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, asked that the commercial be taken off the airwaves.

SB 826, by Holt, has passed the Senate and is awaiting a hearing in the House. It makes changes to binding arbitration, a process used to settle collective bargaining disputes between cities and public safety labor unions.

The bill has the support of dozens of mayors, city council members and city managers, as well as the state police union.

Hat Tip Scott

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