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Firefighters union takes issue with Lincoln Club leader’s comments

July 16, 2010 - 4:00 pm

T.J. Zane, speaking at a press conference last week.

The president of the local firefighters union is calling comments made by T.J. Zane, head of the conservative Lincoln Club of San Diego County, “unprofessional” and “offensive.”

At a press conference Monday, organized after the Union-Tribune and reported that Mayor Jerry Sanders’ office was considering putting a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot, Zane used the metaphor of drug addiction to attack labor unions. He described the press conference as an “intervention,” saying that labor unions are “drug addicts and our tax dollars are their drug of choice.”

A sales-tax increase, he said, “is a quick fix that provides a temporary high.”

In the letter, sent today, Frank DeClerq, president of the San Diego Firefighters Union Local 145, writes to Zane, “We recognize that our organizations may often disagree on city issues and how they should be handled. However, such disagreements are never an excuse for rude and unprofessional behavior.”

He goes on to say that Zane’s comments only serve to escalate “an already divisive issue.” The letter also details what DeClerq says are wage and benefit concessions his union’s made over the last five years. He also asks Zane for a public apology.

Download a copy of the letter here.

Read CityBeat‘s editorial about the mayor killing any consideration of a sales-tax increase.

Update: The San Diego Police Officers Association’s also got a response (posted on Facebook). Here’s an excerpt:

The comparison to drug addicts by a major San Diego business organization is over the top at a time when our officers currently work in an understaffed department, accepted pay cuts to help the City budget and are under threat from the City Attorney who wants to force officers to pay for the disability plan that protects them and their families when they are shot or severely injured in the line of duty. Additionally, San Diego Police Department officers are paid far less than other comparable agencies and many of our members are taking home less money today than they were four years ago.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. pistoleropete permalink
    July 16, 2010 - 9:58 pm 9:58 pm

    Good for Zane. Fuck DeClerq. Zane is absolutely correct and Americans are s-l-o-w-l-y waking up to the fact that they are getting buttfucked over a barrel by the unions.

  2. itasca1937 permalink
    July 17, 2010 - 4:33 pm 4:33 pm



    • pistoleropete permalink
      July 17, 2010 - 4:37 pm 4:37 pm

      Sorry itasca…I call it as I see it. There was a time and place when unions were a good thing. Then the mafia turned it into a $5 whore. You know we’re fucked when even grocery baggers have a union.

  3. denisfay permalink
    July 17, 2010 - 8:11 pm 8:11 pm

    tj zane is feed his words and his opinions. he’s a paid spokesmodel. the words are what his employer told him to say.

    • pistoleropete permalink
      July 17, 2010 - 11:12 pm 11:12 pm

      You’re saying DeClerq is NOT a paid spokesmodel and he is NOT fed what to say? Uhhhh….okay…keep feeding like a lamb at slaughter denisfay…

    • sawbuzz4 permalink
      July 22, 2010 - 12:48 pm 12:48 pm

      Re: denisfay,

      What is this? If you don’t like the message, attack the messenger!
      Keep up the good work. you’re just underscoring the message.

      Well done, T.J.

  4. cinderella528 permalink
    July 22, 2010 - 1:16 pm 1:16 pm

    TJ? A “spokesmodel”???? Now THAT’S funny!!!

    • pistoleropete permalink
      July 22, 2010 - 9:52 pm 9:52 pm

      T.J.Zane is no less/no more a “spokesmodel” than Frank DeClerq…

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