Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s face was on a roll of toilet paper. Chief James Clack’s face was shown in a toilet bowl. The president of IAFF Local 734 confirms it was two of his members who created the art work and that they are now being disciplined. President Rick Hoffman told The Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Rector:
“No way in hell would I stoop to these levels. I don’t think anyone deserves that,” he said, offering an official apology to Rawlings-Blake. “Here I am trying to build a decent foundation for us to work together, and the mayor’s face gets posted on toilet paper. It’s degrading and embarrassing.”
But, according to the article there is turmoil within the union over Hoffman’s role and that of another union official:
Other members of the union pointed the finger at Hoffman, saying at a protest outside the union hall Monday afternoon that he has undermined trust among union members in recent weeks by allowing the image to circulate without publicly condemning it and by suspending another union leader for alerting city officials to the matter.
“We’re a labor union, we’re not a gang of thugs, and we should be conducting ourselves professionally,” said David Zepp, a protest organizer.
Lenore Scharf, a 24-year paramedic with the Fire Department, said she was suspended from her position as the union’s first vice president at the end of a July 31 meeting of the union’s nine-member board of directors. Hoffman asked the board to suspend her for “misconduct, libel and slander” relating to her sharing concerns about the image with Larissa Parrish, a labor relations specialist in the city’s Office of the Labor Commissioner, Scharf said.
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