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Firefighters Endorse Flaherty

The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts union voted to endorse City Councilor Michael Flaherty in his run for the Mayor's office yesterday. Robert McCarthy, president of the 12,000-plus group of firefighters said in a statement that "Councilor Flaherty has always put the needs of fire fighters first to ensure we have the tools to do our job."

The press release announcing the endorsement does not mention incumbent Mayor Tom Menino, who is pushing strong legislation to require state workers to pass drug tests in order to perform their jobs. Menino's drug test plan is in response to accusations that some City firefighters have used illegal drugs while on the job and has faced harsh criticism from fire fighters and other public employees.

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The people you really feel bad for are the older generation of firefighters who had to take up a trade and work 5-6 days a week to make ends meet. The leadership of this union simply looks bad by refusing to enforce any kind of drug testing policy once the 1-year probationary period is over, and Flaherty looks like a panderer for lining up with them. Explain to me why a Dunkin Donut's employee is drug tested, but a firefighter is not.