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Monday, June 28, 2004

The Boston Police Strikes Back

Last time we were here (June 12), Mayor Thomas Menino seemed to have put one over on cops' leader Thomas Nee (Officer Dibble with attitude!).

But, whilst our attention has been elsewhere, the diddly-diddly music has struck up once more and Nee has been leading Menino another merry dance.

It happens that Boston is playing host to the US Conference of Mayors; and none other than presumptive candidate John Kerry was booked to address those attending on Monday. Needless to say, the resourceful Nee had not omitted to spot this exercise in mayoral vainglory [1]. And plutocrat Kerry has to doff his cap to organized labor even though (or, perhaps, because) its power is these days much diminished.

Nee to Kerry (Count John McCormack himself could scarcely manage a soupier vocal line):
It's my hope that Sen. Kerry...will honor our line. There's no doubt in my mind that the content of his heart is with us and with the plight of the working class.

I'm thinking that top note at the end of Mother McCree - just the old Democratic Party we knew and loved.

(Only a killjoy would point out that, with their perks and Spanish practices, Boston cops - mere patrolmen - are well into six figures, some of the best paid police in the country.)

The upshot: despite Menino's pleading, Kerry has persisted with his decision not to cross the cops' picket lines. He's decided to give his scheduled session a miss - though he doesn't seem to have given up the hope that some workaround might be found to allow him and the mayors to meet without sacrificing his union kow-tow.

Menino snatched victory from the jaws of defeat over the Convention picketing: could he manage it a second time?

Stay tuned...

  1. The Boston cops have been out of contract for two damned years! They have a record of militancy going back to 1919, if not beyond. And Menino's negotiating tactic was playing for time. Which, by attracting the Convention and gigs like the Mayors Conference, he deliberately ensured worked for the enemy.

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