PFFM Delegates Vote Unanimiously to Endorse
Martha Coakley for Governor
On September 18, 2014, at the monthly state meeting of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, the assembled delegates listened to arguments for endorsing a candidate for Massachusetts Governor.
After all the information and facts were presented, the delegates voted unanimously to endorse Martha Coakley.
Martha Coakley is a life long prosecutor and wife to a police detective. She understands the needs of public safety and the importance of our first responders. Coakley values the role fire fighters play in Homeland Security efforts and the need to keep our leadership at the forefront as those roles grow and evolve. She will afford the leaders of the PFFM access to the Governor’s Office as she has done as Attorney General and will treat our issues with the respect and consideration they deserve.
Martha Coakley understands the difficulties felt by our families when our loved one’s send us to work knowing we will be in harm’s way because she has sent her husband to work the same way. She knows the stress of being dependent on a pension that is constantly threatened, because she will rely on that pension too.
Also considered at the meeting were the consequences of electing Charlie Baker as our next Governor. While campaigning, Baker has said he will cut $550 million in taxes, but has refused to explain how he would fund such cuts. But Charlie Baker has a track record showing how he operates as a decision maker and a previous campaign for Governor which shows us where his values lie.
As CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health, Baker cut his workforce in half from 4,000 to 2,000 employees. He consolidated jobs, outsourced, and laid off employees. He did this while tripling his pay to $1.7 million and raising rates on his customers by 150%.
A member of the Pioneer Institute, Baker has said he will do the same types of cuts and changes as Governor.
Charlie Baker has said he will:
- Cap our pensions, while requiring you to contribute at your same rate, but prohibit you from collecting beyond the cap
- Calculate your pension based on the average of your career, not as it is currently calculated, costing you tens of thousands of dollars each year of your retirement
- Privatize public employee jobs
- Eliminate payment of your accrued time upon retirement
- Eliminate 5,000 state jobs
- Eliminate Collective Bargaining for health care
- Eliminate the requirement for labor contracts for state contractors
- Eliminate “overly generous” retiree benefits
Charlie Baker will not say how he will cut $550 million in revenues...
but we can figure it out.
In the coming weeks that lead up to the November 4th Election, the PFFM will provide you with all the information you need to educate yourself, your brothers and sisters in the firehouse, and your family and friends, about the Governor’s race and the other races the PFFM has endorsed across the Commonwealth.