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Friday, November 17, 2006

Fire union reversal sets up Town Meeting fight

The Hudson firefighters union has changed its mind and wants residents to shoot down the town proposal to remove the fire chief and deputy fire chief from Civil Service.

Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1713 voted to take a neutral stance on the matter in June, but took a second vote in September to oppose the measure, which will go before residents for the second time in almost a decade at special town meeting Monday.

“The body felt the chances of the chief coming from within were diminished” if removed from civil service,” said Hudson firefighter and union president Dennis Griffin.

Executive Assistant Paul Blazar said he was shocked by the union's turnabout, which he only just learned about from a third party.

“I find it distressing,” he said. “In labor relations, people's word and an atmosphere of trust are critical between the parties.”

Special town meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the high school auditorium. There are 14 articles on the warrant, which can be accessed at under meetings and events.

- Jennifer Rosinski

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