From: The Office of the President
Date: May 1, 2016
RE: PFFM SUPPORTS VERIZON WORKERS ON STRIKE
Brothers & Sisters:
As Union Fire Fighters, although we are prohibited from going on strike, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, have, and always will respect, and fully support, any members of Organized Labor, who exercise their right to strike.
As a reminder, NO member of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts should EVER cross the picket line of ANY Labor organization.
I regrettably report, that we have received word from our Union Brothers and Sisters from Verizon, of PFFM members crossing their picket lines.
I sincerely hope that is not the case. As a reminder - ANY member found crossing a picket line will be subject to union discipline, and can be brought up on union charges to include fines and/or penalties. Such fines and penalties have been challenged and upheld by the National Labor Relations Board.
In closing, allow me to be perfectly clear: Under NO circumstances, will crossing of ANY picket line by PFFM members, be tolerated.
Remember - United we bargain - divided we beg. Our Union Brothers & Sisters have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us, during EVERY contract and arbitration battle, and now more than ever, we must stand with them.
Edward A. Kelly
Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts