Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 24, 2011
Sen. David Holt
Sen. Holt calls on unions to stop exploiting OKC Bombing in TV ad
Calling it “horrific and tasteless,” State Sen. David
Holt said the AFL-CIO and IAFF labor unions should stop airing a
television commercial that uses images of the Oklahoma City Bombing
to encourage opposition to legislation reforming how cities negotiate
"One of the most important lessons from the Murrah Bombing
was the need to moderate our political rhetoric," said Holt,
a Trustee for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. "The
idea that these unions would use images of the Bombing to attack
a proposed reform of a union negotiating process is beyond the pale.”
Released just weeks before the 16th anniversary of the Bombing,
the commercial shows images of the April 19th, 1995 attack and asks
viewers to call their legislator and ask for their opposition to
SB 826, authored by Holt, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Scott Martin,
R-Norman. The press release announcing the commercial said that
the ad is part of pro-union efforts also being staged by the AFL-CIO
and the IAFF in Wisconsin and Ohio.
SB 826 passed the Senate on March 10 and is awaiting consideration
in the House. The bill reforms binding arbitration, the process
by which an arbitrator, usually an out-of-state attorney, determines
the salary and benefits of municipal union employees when a city's
elected representatives and their unions cannot agree on a contract.
Proponents of reform have maintained that the current process, created
in 1994, favors unions over taxpayers.
Holt noted that the Fraternal Order of Police and the AFL-CIO /
IAFF negotiated the legislation with members of the Senate. The
FOP is not opposed to SB 826. Reform of binding arbitration is endorsed
by the Oklahoma Academy, the Oklahoma State Chamber, the Oklahoma
Council of Public Affairs, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, and
the Oklahoma Municipal League.
“The AFL-CIO and the IAFF should be ashamed of this horrific
and tasteless commercial. I sincerely ask that this commercial be
removed from the airwaves immediately, out of respect to the people
of Oklahoma,” Holt said. “The victims and heroes of
April 19th are not political pawns to be exploited whenever the
Legislature seeks to reform a union negotiating process."
For more information contact:
Sen. Holt: (405) 521-5636