I am presently a Member of Local 282 Buffalo Fire Department in New York. I have a question for anyone who can assist me.
In our Department all are Union Members. Head Quarter Staff - Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, Division Chiefs, Battalion Chiefs, Captains, Lieutenants and Firemen.
I am totally pro-union. I was a UAW Member for 13 yrs and BFD now for 24 yrs.
Heres the issue/question: In the Fire Service and Police Department, all are Union Members. Even those appointed by the Mayor of the City.
So we have guys who jump back and forth from being a line-fire Fighter all the way to Commissioner. From the rank of Lieutenant on up they are what I consider, “Supervisors” - they are in charge of their crews and enforce “Company Policy” - so wheres the line of distinction between employee and management?
Is there any rules or laws that cover what appears as a conflict of interests?