"Police And Firefighter Unions Write To Baltimore Mayor Urging Her To Let Occupy Baltimore Stay"
On Tuesday, the Baltimore city council declared that the Occupy Baltimore encampment was illegal, leading many to fear that protesters would soon be evicted. Now, officials in more than a dozen local unions have written to Mayor Rawlings-Blake to ask her to allow the protesters to stay. Included among the labor leaders writing to the mayor are the heads of two firefighter unions and one police union:
We have been made aware of the city of Baltimore’s intention to close down the Occupy Baltimore site sometime in the next 24 hours. We write to express our firm opinion that nothing be done to close down the site and that instead, an agreement be arrived at which allows for the confrontation of a peaceful, non-violent demonstration. [...] Sincerely, Ernie Grecco, President, Metro Baltimore Council AFL-CIO Glen Middleton, Executive Director, AFSCME 67 Anthony Coates, AFSCME Local 647-67, Peggy Peacock, AFSCME Local 2202-67 Ms. Johnnie Phipps, AFSCME Local 558-67 Lorretta Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer, AFT Mariette English, President, Baltimore Teachers Local 340 Brenda Clayburn, President, City Union of Balto Local 800 Steve Fugate, President, Fire Officers Local 964 Rick Hoffman, President, Fire Fighters Local 734 Jimmy Gittings, President, Public School Administrations and Supervisors Association Local 25 Rod Easter, President, Balto Building Trades Council Bob Cherry, President, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3“