Union uses images of OK City bombing in collective bargaining ads

Rick Moran
I'm surprised they don't include images of dead bodies.

No doubt firefighters perform heroic acts everyday - including that awful day in Oklahoma City when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

But to use images from that attack to oppose a law that would affect union collective bargaining procedures?

NewsOK:

A state senator today blasted a firefighter union television advertisement as "horrific and tasteless" for using images of the Oklahoma City bombing to make a case against his bill.The advertisement by the International Association of Firefighters began airing today.

It asks residents to oppose Senate Bill 826, which changes how public safety labor unions and cities handle contract disputes.

Several images of firefighters are used in the commercial, including a short clip of the remnants of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after it was bombed April 19, 1995.

When the image of the bombed Murrah Building is shown in the commercial, a narrator says: "We're there when you need us. Now we need you. Tell politicians to do what's right: Oppose SB 826 and support Oklahoma's firefighters."

"The AFL-CIO and the IAFF should be ashamed of this horrific and tasteless commercial," said Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City. "The victims and heroes of April 19th are not political pawns to be exploited whenever the Legislature seeks to reform a union negotiating process."

Holt is a trustee for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, and wants the commercial off the air.

Hat Tip: Jim Hoft


I'm surprised they don't include images of dead bodies.

No doubt firefighters perform heroic acts everyday - including that awful day in Oklahoma City when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

But to use images from that attack to oppose a law that would affect union collective bargaining procedures?

NewsOK:

A state senator today blasted a firefighter union television advertisement as "horrific and tasteless" for using images of the Oklahoma City bombing to make a case against his bill.

The advertisement by the International Association of Firefighters began airing today.

It asks residents to oppose Senate Bill 826, which changes how public safety labor unions and cities handle contract disputes.

Several images of firefighters are used in the commercial, including a short clip of the remnants of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after it was bombed April 19, 1995.

When the image of the bombed Murrah Building is shown in the commercial, a narrator says: "We're there when you need us. Now we need you. Tell politicians to do what's right: Oppose SB 826 and support Oklahoma's firefighters."

"The AFL-CIO and the IAFF should be ashamed of this horrific and tasteless commercial," said Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City. "The victims and heroes of April 19th are not political pawns to be exploited whenever the Legislature seeks to reform a union negotiating process."

Holt is a trustee for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, and wants the commercial off the air.

Hat Tip: Jim Hoft