chief, Craig Bronaugh Jr., told the newspaper that four firefighters
who had been removed from their duties and sent home actually may
But officials with the Service Employees International Union Local 73,
which represents the suburb’s firefighters, said it had gone too far
for only that, and they filed a complaint with the state Labor
Relations Board, the Tribune reported.
“It’s about freedom of speech, and there should be
nothing wrong with
them expressing their patriotism,” spokesman Adam Rosen said.
He explained the department had simply refused to bargain with the
union over the issue, creating a hostile work situation.
A report from Chicago’s WGN TV explained what apparently happened.
order came down from Bronaugh that because of a culture of racism,
firefighters had to remove all decals or stickers, including American
flags and military stickers, from their city lockers.
Showing a picture of a “monkey smoking a cigarette” that had been taped
to one locker, he said, “As a fire chief here, I cannot afford nor
refused, and ultimately were sent home. They explained the monkey
picture had been put on one firefighter’s locker years ago by a buddy
who wanted to chide him about his smoking, and the actually tension
started, according to the WGN report, when the chief ordered a new
American flag be removed from Fire Station 2. [Full]
years of incendiary race-baiting by the Obama-Holder faction have
created this culture of Black racists looking to pick a
fight. On the
plus side, the firefighters are SEIU thugs, so there is some nice
schadenfreude here. A pox on them all.