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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Menino gets the Feds called out to protect the Convention

It's all happening in Boston!

A little of the back-story that I'd missed: the cops' union, the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association, got a ruling (Globe June 4) from US District Judge Joseph Tauro allowing
the union to post eight officers at the two main FleetCenter entrances and two at a back entrance. The protests can continue on FleetCenter property through July 23 -- the Friday before the convention begins.

The piece says:
Merita A. Hopkins, the city's corporation counsel, said Boston officials are pleased with portions of the agreement that guarantee union members will not block entrances or work will be able to proceed on schedule, she said.

(The piece has fighting talk from Joe Nigro, secretary-treasurer of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District, who is evidently not about to let Boston's Finest fuck with his members' overtime.)

Coming up to date: the case has come back before Judge Tauro (AP June 10), who says
he would deploy U.S. marshals to ensure picketing police officers don't block access to the FleetCenter, where construction crews have been trying to get inside to prepare for next month's...Convention.

...the marshals would serve as his eyes and ears and report back to him with any violations of an order he issued last week that allowed police to peacefully distribute leaflets protesting their contract talks with the city.

The judge said
I don't want to hear about efforts to intimidate people. I would consider that a violation of the court order.

That, of course, is precisely what BPPA president Thomas Nee's goons have been up to for the last couple of days.

So they all should all be in the slammer for contempt, you're thinking?
City officials had asked the judge to find the police union in contempt of his earlier order. Tauro did not immediately rule on that request, and he gave the union until Monday to file a brief stating why it should not be found in contempt.

Perhaps, in all this welter of Reagan nostalgia, Mayor Menino might redeem his sorry performance in the matter by emulating the Gipper's way with striking air traffic controllers...

[More on the Boston hi-jinks later, I fancy.]

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