Will LAFD Rank and File stand behind Union Head Pat McOsker's bid for CD 15?
What if you are a high profile union president running for public office and your own "brothers and sisters" are questioning recent actions? That is the predicament United Firefighters of Los Angeles President Pat McOsker faces in his pursuit of the CD 15 Council Office.
Internal observers of all things LAFD took notice as McOsker announced his first "high-profile endorsement" which was the California Nurses Association and not McOsker's United Firefighters.
Some background, United Firefighters have called a "special 30-minute meeting" for July 27 (www. uflac.com) to interview the declared candidates for CD 15. Considering that there are six candidates at this moment, how do you properly interview potential endorses and what role does current President McOsker have in this process?
Further, there are those within the union rank and file who question how a "candidate McOsker" can continue functioning as union president.This in light of the fact that the union is engage in negotiating a contract with a mayor who has endorsed Assemblyman Warren Furutani and is a well-known political combatant of the McOskers. Some firefighters are so disgruntled that they have gone as far to hijack the "@PatMcOsker twitter address and the "patmcoskerforcouncil.com" web url.
If McOsker is able to move beyond his own rank and file concerns and garner their endorsement, his ability to use the union's vast monetary resources may cause some ethical dilemmas. Speculation is that McOsker may seek to transfer a lump sum amount of Firefighter PAC money to the Los Angeles County Labor Federation in the hope that organization endorses him and the cash makes his way back to support his campaign as an "I.E." But the last I check County Labor Federation Leader Maria Elena Durazo was still a close friend of Mayor Antonio Villar and Assemblyman Warren Furutani had stout union credentials which could get him the coveted endorsement. Thus, McOsker's gamble may go up in political smoke.
Scott Johnson in CD 14