Firefighters Union Leaders Join Regalado Recall Movement UPDATE

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​As Banana Republican reported earlier this morning, following our story detailing ten reasons to recall Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, the Miami Police union's chiefs voted last night to do just that. Now they're not alone -- the firefighters union's executive board has voted to do the same.

"It was a unanimous vote," Nelson Enriquez, vice president of the Miami Association of Firefighters, tells Riptide. Next Wednesday, the full union will vote whether to support a recall.

Update: Regalado says he's "being punished for not raising taxes." Click through for his full response.

Firefighters union president Robert Suarez points to Regalado's budget gaps in calling on his members to support a recall effort.

"Mayor Tomas Regalado has led this City into financial ruin with less than 2 years in office," Suarez writes in an email. "He has time and time again made reckless decisions that have pushed our City to the brink of bankruptcy."

The firefighters executive committee called an emergency session late last night, Enriquez says, after getting word that the Fraternal Order of Police's leaders had endorsed a recall.

A few hours later, after voting to do the same, Suarez sent an email to all of his union members asking them to support a recall.

Here's Suarez's full email:

Today your Local 587 Executive Board voted to launch a campaign to Recall Mayor Tomas Regalado. This issue will be presented to the general membership for your vote at our Union Meeting next Wednesday August 10th.

As you all know well by now, Mayor Tomas Regalado has led this City into financial ruin with less than 2 years in office. He has time and time again made reckless decisions that have pushed our City to the brink of bankruptcy. The employees have been used as scapegoats too many times. Our battle to get this City back on its feet will now require help from the residents of Miami. We know Miami's residents join us in our disgust for how this City is being run, and we must give them an opportunity to help us in this effort.

Local 587 will continue to fight for your rights and benefits. We will continue to meet with the City in good faith during these bargaining sessions to show them how they can balance the budget without attacking their employees.

Please attend next Wednesday's Union meeting to vote on the Executive Boards MOTION TO LAUNCH A PETITION CAMPAIGN TO RECALL MAYOR TOMAS REGALADO.

Robert Suarez

President, IAFF LOCAL 587

Miami Association of Firefighters
Here's a similar letter that police union chief Armando Aguilar sent to his members yesterday. Catch a full interview with Aguilar in Banana Republican:
FOP SPEARHEADING RECALL OF MAYOR REGALADO

Brothers and Sisters,

For the past three years we have seen our wonderful city take a downward spiral into financial chaos. We have endured one scandal after another in which wasteful spending and special favors have drained the city's finances. Mayor Regalado's only solution has been to cut employee benefits. We are not to blame for the Mayor's mismanagement of the City of Miami.
We have tried to negotiate in good faith in order to avoid losing benefits while at the same time giving the city long term financial stability.

Mayor Tomas Regalado has failed the employees of the city and the citizens he serves. His lack of vision for the future continues to destroy our beloved city. Just a few weeks ago the Mayor said that the city was financially sound, then he said that the deficit for FY 2011-2012 was a manageable figure that would not impact the city or the employees. The numbers have continued to change to where now he claims we have a $61 million deficit. He is, at best, incompetent and, at worst, a compulsive liar.

We will not stand for either.
It is quite clear that the mayor is not qualified to lead this city into financial stability.
Late last week, the FOP made yet another effort to save the city millions of dollars without adversely affecting our members. Just like everything else we have brought to the table, our proposal fell on deaf ears. After careful consideration and consultation with our Executive Board, We have concluded that the only way we can help our city is to RECALL MAYOR TOMAS REGALADO!

We have arranged for a vote of all of our members to take place on August 9, 2011 at all four stations.
The question on the ballot will be the following:
Should the FOP spearhead a campaign to recall Mayor Tomas Regalado?
This is not a decision that I take lightly, I understand the hard work that such a campaign entails, but if we all unite in this effort, I feel that many others will join our fight and at the end we will succeed!

Fraternally,
Armando Aguilar, President
Riptide has emailed Regalado's spokesman to get a comment on the union's push for a recall, but we haven't heard back yet. We'll update when we do.

Update: ;Regalado has responded to the union's recall efforts, sending Riptide this statement:
I believe I am being punished for not raising taxes to the people of Miami for the second year in a row.

We are in very difficult economic times, and like every family we have to cut expenses. We want to do the right thing for the residents of Miami without having massive layoffs in our work force.
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Hector M Seiglie
Hector M Seiglie

All  see on here are a bunch of mis-informed ignorant punks and losers. Sorry you guys lack what it takes to be a firefighter; intelligence wise or balls wise.The New Times shouldn't allow any of you maggots to post squat without signing your real name to the crap you talk. Mayor Regalado is a punk and a liar. "A contract is a contract" one of his cliche sayings does not seem to apply to contracts signed by the mayor and his cronies, with the employees of the city; only to those contracts that line the pockets of corrupt politicians.Obviously neither Sarnoff nor Regalado or any of his staff know what the hell they are doing and should be fired. After all they did agree on a contract with Police and Fire then decided to break it; didn't they know what they were getting into? They don't know what it takes to balance a budget? On a rescue or a fire scene we don't have the luxury these clowns have of making a mistake at our job; because if we did people would die. These ass-clowns apparently can make bad financial decisions one after another and not be held accountable.Now they want to come back for more again, so they didn't get it right the first time when they agreed to the contract, nor the second time when they took away what they gave in good faith the first time. Now they want to come back for more because it's still not enough. When does it end? Hector M. Seiglie 

Glenda Conley
Glenda Conley

I just paid $ 22.85 for an iPhone 4-32GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 674 which only cost me $ 62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

Delawrence Charles Blue
Delawrence Charles Blue

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado  has not been willing to accept my firms offer of $58 million for development rights to vacant city lands in Liberty City.  Plus, the hundreds of jobs we would create.  Let's get to work so people don't lose their jobs.

Ivan Chavez
Ivan Chavez

People People None of us are fooled by the media campaign this annonymous blogger (ie Tomas Regalado we know it's you..haha didn't think we'd figure it out) is putting on.  Any really concerned citizen on here is intelligent enough to check the facts and the fact is..we may never get to re-call Tomacito or mark Sarnoff..as we speak the feds will make our efforts pointless and make things right for the citizens of our great city.

Unions endorsed clowns
Unions endorsed clowns

Yes, it is true Tomas Regalado is a putz. It is true the City commissioners are mental lightweights. We know several commissioners are corrupt. Remember the unions endorsed these dickheads.

Right or Wrong
Right or Wrong

At the end, Regalado has won!  Exactly what he wants is exactly what's happening, employees and residents throwing rocks at each like a circus.  And to imagine that one day, those firefighters are actually the ones rescuing someone from a heart attack or an accident, a burning car, a drowning child, you think all they do is just a little toaster fire every six month!  Come on Miami, naive is not even the word!  As for police, lets not even go there, has anyone ever knocked on a front door and you get gun shot as a response.  Let's be real Miami, the salaries and benefits, werent given to any of us yesterday, most of us have been serving for years after years, perhaps the same firefighters who one day saved my grandmothers life during a heart attack and at that time, you appreciate exactly what we all do for the City of Miami. Dont lose the real target here people, City Hall and the massive unnecessary waste of stipend, car allowances $800 and up, yes, and most of them still even use a city car to get around, plus they dont have a car payment. Why dont we assign them prius to go around town or the 2 or 3 meetings a month they go to outside city limits. Let's not fight, lets unite and fix the broken goverment system we have in Miami, so we all come out winners.

Massive pensions
Massive pensions

Firefighters get a $80 MILLION budget. Plus they get the taxpayers to make massive contributions to their pension plans.

Greedy firemen
Greedy firemen

The fire union members get massive pay and benefit packages and as usual, THEY WANT MORE. They don't care and they aren't stakeholders as over 85% are not Miami taxpayers.

But Miami is in a recession. Residents and businesses are being foreclosed on. Actual Miami residents are losing their homes.

But the out-of-town living firemen want more.

Paid to sleep
Paid to sleep

Sweet deal. City of Miami fire union members get paid while they sleep. 24 hour shifts getting paid $85 per hour?

Does Regalado know?

Crocalim
Crocalim

It's amazing how little compassion people have for each other. Those individual firefighters making those salaries didn't earn them overnight. Most have been on the job for 20 or more years. They have earned them through legal contractual bargaining. I for one don't begrudge them their salary as I could not go out and fight a fire even if its only one every 6 months. I Am also not able to save a life by putting my finger on someone's major artery if necessary (which they can do). Instead of calling for "firing"them all instead support your local community workers. Realize this that the more things that local state and federal governments can do to their employees/ the more benefits they can cut the more salaries they can lower it's only serving to give more power to the private business owners. Yep absolutely private business sees this as a blessing because they know they can screw their employees all they want and the government will be unable to say much. So go ahead all you haters keep calling to fire them all all in the end you are not helping anyone.

Fire 'em all!
Fire 'em all!

They should fire all of them!

As a replacement for the police get your concealed carry license... for firemen go back to volunter fire fighters for each community!

Pay and benefits
Pay and benefits

Fire union members only need a High School Diploma or a GED. Do not be deceived Miami and Miami-Dade County gets very few fires. Maybe 12% of calls are for fires, usually toasters.

Can the poorest small city in America afford to pay 700 fire union members $120,000 to $400,000 per year? Can the City afford a $80 Mil fire budget?

Greed?

$400,000+ Fire Chief?
$400,000+ Fire Chief?

Why do so many City of Miami fire union members live outside Miami? Because they hate Miami and they refuse to pay a penny in taxes to any city that would pay firemen $367,000 per year.

Does the Fire Chief still have a $400,000 per year pay and benefit package?

$111 per hour
$111 per hour

Tomas Regalado is a corrupt idiot who has surrounded himself with low IQ "friends and relatives" many of whom work full time stealing money from the taxpayers.

But it is hard to find sympathy for the Broward County multi-millionaires who commute 3 to 4 days a week to plush City of Miami firehouses where they sit around waiting to rescue a cat as they collect $220,000 per year. Oh, they get free SUV's and fuel as they commute to Broward County. Pigs.

Greedy pigs.

Hoods with badges
Hoods with badges

The Police Department is in tatters.

It already takes 2 hours to get a cop to show up and when they show up they refuse to leave their air conditioned vehicles. Ever see a police car on a 45 minute donut stop? They leave their cars running with the A/C on. No wonder the cars break down. Just hoods with badges.

$300,000 per year firemen
$300,000 per year firemen

The City of Miami Fire Department has the best paid firemen in the world. 15 fire Department employees have pay and benefit packages that exceed $300,000 per year. Most just sit at desks in-between their taxpayer paid exercise sessions. Many firemen get paid while they are sleeping. They work out of $7 MILLION firehouses.

Greedy. Greedy.

Regalado is corrupt but seriously the fire union is little better.

The Po

The Offense
The Offense

Mr Charles you aren't the only one that can't make sense of all of this.  Can you say cronizm (heck I can't even spell it).  Mayor Regalado in observance of a hiring freeze has hired 200 new personal employees at an average of $85,000-$200,000 a year salaries.  I'm sure he has a better plan in mind than to have an African American company pay a fare amount for bringing jobs to a blighted community.  I'm sure that a friend of a friends company will get these lots for free and do nothing that will benefit Liberty City.  Get the word out my friend HE and Sarnoff must go.

Ivan Chavez
Ivan Chavez

Next your gonna tell me the unions held your hand while you voted.  Nice try Tomacito

The Offense
The Offense

Miami IS in a recession and we voluntarilly gave up concessions of over 14% not the 10% the city asked for and all we asked was that a contract be honored.  What really boggles the mind is how YOU a concerned citizen (you're really Tomacito Regalado in nom de plume) would stand idly by as Tomacito and Mark Sarnoff(no relations to the famous Sarnoffs as he claimed) Rape the City Coffers and make illegal bilboard and gambling machine deals.  Compare track records for real people you know what you get when you dial 911 fast response and exceptional care.  What happens when you call city hall?

Resqman5
Resqman5

we don't want more, we want to keep what we've earned,moron

Guest
Guest

Of course you know Tomacito...you know this is nonsense.

Resqman5
Resqman5

and when your mom, dad, wife, husband, kids or even you have a heart attack, stroke,auto accident and are clinging on to life who you gonna call...ghostbusters? good luck with, IDIOT , u just fired all the firefighter paramedics...

Selo305
Selo305

As u probably do not know about 90% of calls we get are rescue related not fire. So the day you fall off your ladder or get a heart attack I want u to jus rely on what u think u know (nothing) to save your life then we can see how u feel about us afterwards. Thanx

Jplippiatt
Jplippiatt

Or maybe you should just buy a water hose, or just watch your house burn down to the ground

devro61
devro61

Hmm let's see $80,000,00 budget divided by 700 union members = $114,000.  So I guess the Fire Trucks, Rescue Trucks, Fuel, Repairs, Equipment, Supplies, Firehouses, costs are all FREE. I think you need to go back and check your math

Guest
Guest

Maybe when your mother has the heart attack that is sure to come, you should call someone with a higher level of education..say....I surgeon?  They have ..what? 12 years and internships.  Yeah thats it.  You probably won't though will you Tomacito because you know that we bring alot more than a GED to the table.  You probably would be doing a better job of running the city if you didn't spend all your time blogging.

Soledad829
Soledad829

The union does not hire anyone.  The city does.  If you have a problem with the hiring qualifications then take it up with the city.  So since there are very little fires, then there shouldn't be a fire department?  It's the firefighters who are also paramedics who go on all the medical calls.   $120K?  Really?  That's the starting salary?

LIAR?

Guest
Guest

Come on Tomacito you know the answer to this one.  I grew up in Miami all my life and for twenty years when it rained we had a river running through our house, it took you 30 years to fix that Tomacito did you really expect me to by a home in a place that you my elected official have neglected your entire life...don't think so

Soledad829
Soledad829

Stop making up lies.  Besides fire union members are not the only employees of any company, government, or industry who commute to improve their lives.  It happens everywhere across this country.  Stop being a little bitch.

blahblah29
blahblah29

Hater guess getting that GED and working at a retail store didnt work out for you!

Guest
Guest

Tomacito self depricating humor won't get it done here my friend, all you need to do is go to station 5 where the sewage pipes are so old that the guys and gals have to deal with the smell of every word that comes out of your mouth daily.  At least my wife finds it difficult to complain about me coming home literally smelling like shit when I hand over my millions to her every two weeks.  By the way I live in a modest home..really I'd rather save my millions for a rainy day.

Selo305
Selo305

Your a ignorant cock sucker who wishes he cud b a firefighter. Just a true hater. I am not a firefighter yet but will be one soon and its nothing how you picture it buddy. The day you can do anything we do then you can talk about us otherwise shut your mouth. Thank Steven

Soledad829
Soledad829

Yeah because all firemen get an SUV.  Have you seen some of the stations?  I woudln't call leaking roofs and roach infested kitchens "plush."    Firemen work 24 hour shifts, how many days a week do you want them to work?  IGNORANT.

Rcarrion18
Rcarrion18

Hey buddy you are 100% right. Miami citizens are waisting tax money with all this cops. The majority of them are fat, they don't have PT regulations, is terrible.

LT carrion SF

Guest
Guest

Tomacito I'm sure if one of your rich friends, you know the ones that are filling our city with illegal gambling machines, would invent an air conditioned BULLET PROOF vest (wonder why they wear those) our boys and gals in blue would consider them.

Guest
Guest

hahah Tomacito anyone whos ever driven through your neighborhood knows what a 7 million dollar house looks like.  And every citizen of our great city can absolutely agree that your place is alot nicer than ours.  In fact this one is so out there that I'll just place it in the Sarcazm column.

Soledad829
Soledad829

Yeah I wish my station was a $7 million dollar station.  STOP LYING. 

Hmseiglie
Hmseiglie

Hey Po put your name to pen punk

Hector M. Seiglie Station 5A

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