TITLE

Yea or Nay?

AUTHOR(S)
West, Pat
PUB. DATE
August 2005
SOURCE
Fire Chief;Aug2005, Vol. 49 Issue 8, p56
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the difficult time for fire chiefs when they face a "no confidence vote," a public statement that firefighters don't believe in their management and leadership. A painful public ordeal, votes of no confidence surface from time to time in cities across the U.S. where firefighters are unionized by the International Association of Fire Fighters. The no-confidence vote of union members against a fire chief doesn't have any direct power over the chief. It's a political tool, but the message about firefighters' lack of confidence in their chief can do significant damage to the chief's credibility and career. The message rings loudly in the media and is beard by the city's mayor and local government. The article presents experiences of two chiefs--one who is still chief in the city and seems to be flourishing; another forced out by the union, never to work as a fire chief again.
ACCESSION #
18031551

 

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