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October 25th, 2011 By Kevin Osborne | News | Posted In: 2011 Election, City Council, Labor Unions

Firefighters Union Endorses Nine


For readers who have been wondering, and there have been a few judging from our emails, here is a list of the endorsements for Cincinnati City Council made by the local firefighters union.

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local No. 48 has endorsed a full, nine-member slate for council. The endorsements include five incumbents and four challengers.

Candidates who received the union's backing were Republicans Leslie Ghiz, Amy Murray and Charlie Winburn, all of whom are incumbents; Democratic incumbents Cecil Thomas and Wendell Young; Democratic challenger P.G. Sittenfeld; Charterite challenger Kevin Flynn; and independent challengers Mike Allen and Christopher Smitherman.

There's no word on whether the candidates selected had to agree to a “no-layoff” pledge, as some candidates allege was the standard used by the local police union.

Also, as expected, the union endorsed a “no” vote on Ohio Issue 2, which supports the repeal of restrictions on collective bargaining rights for public sector labor unions like the IAFF.

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