Congratulations to UFOA President Eric Dronzek on his re-election win!
So Does Yonkers City Hall!
The Uniformed Fire Officers Association will hold elections this Wednesday, December 17, 2014, as they do every even numbered year. With so many unions still awaiting to conclude a contractual agreement with Yonkers City Hall, one that has been left to deteriorate for 5 to 6 years, it seems Yonkers City Hall believes they will gain a more amenable partner were the top brass at UFOA changed.
UFOA President Captain Eric Dronzek exhibits an independent demeanor, satisfied in serving the union membership and gaining honor and respect from that facet alone.
UFOA Vice-President Lt. John Halpin, heavily backed and endorsed by Yonkers City Hall is challenging to unseat UFOA President Captain Dronzek. They both want the position.
The unique aspect of this election process is that the campaign is to finish the second year of Captain Chris Gioia’s administration. After Gioia stepped down, Dronzek became president. Now Yonkers City Hall is pushing for Halpin to win the vote, eclipsing Dronzek in the process.
Dronzek is satisfied with his station in life to a degree, whereas it seems Halpin is desirous of more. Dronzek is not inclined to acquiesce to pressure from Yonkers City hall; it seems Halpin is not a push-over either. The difference between the two is that Dronzek is averse to attaining greater prominence on the back of his membership, while Halpin has less difficulty crossing that line.
And it is all about the numbers. The UFOA is an older, more mature and experienced workforce. Much of their membership awaits only 3 or 4 more years to complete their service and become eligible for a pension. The UFOA reality is juxtaposed to one underwriting the younger I.A.F.F. Local 628 Fire Fighters union who have almost two decades before them.
The divide between the UFOA and Local 628 on purpose and rationale is broad.
Yonkers City Hall must believe that SEIU Local 704, having concluded their so-called negotiations with City Hall, as opposed to the fait d’accompli, a done that it was, will upon a vote of acquiescence by a lack of options afforded the union, and the potential of rattling the UFOA, scaring the membership with City Hall’s ability to intrude into so many circumstances politically will have I.A.F.F. Local 628 groveling at their feet.
Where do we stand now? SEIU Local 704 is salivating to accept any contract given them and President Dominic Savarese will not disappoint Yonkers City Hall if he intends to continue to walk the straight and narrow for the. Acceptance of SEIU Local 704 contract will be voted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
With the SEIU Local 704 contract agreement validated by the membership, another domino falls in favor of Yonkers City Hall. The vote by the UFOA election of officers may foretell the direction of City Hall’s success in political gamesmanship.
With SEIU and UFOA eclipsed by Yonkers City Hall, Mayor Mike Spano may believe he is on balanced footing for the mayoral contest for 2015. The missing dominoes Mayor Mike Spano will need are those of I.A.F.F. Local 628 and the United Federation of Teachers (YFT).