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Sears Questions Miceli's Voting Record -- Miceli gets Flunking Grades from 3 Independent Employer Groups

N.F.I.B (referenced by Scott Brown in last night's debate with Prof. Warren) gave Miceli 33% on his votes on economy; A.I.M ranked Miceli 50% -- lowest of all Legislators! Miceli cries "Foul!"

The Lowell SUN reports today that Rep. Miceli does not find the same meaning that his opponent Doug Sears finds in the flunking grades on the economy 3 major employer groups gave him in the past two weeks. 

Sears, in a press release to the SUN, mentioned "scores cards" from three independent employer organizations that rank legislators: National Federation of Independent Businesses (which Senator Scott Brown referenced frequently in last night's debate with Prof. Warren) gave Miceli a 33% on votes aligning with its small-business platform; Citizens for Limited Taxation scored Miceli at 56% on taxation issues; and, Associated Industries of Massachusetts ranked Miceli 50% -- lowest of all 200+ Legislators!

"Tewksbury and Wilmington deserve better," Sears said in his Press Release.

Small businesses are the engine for economic recovery in Massachusetts. Excessive and unnecessary permitting costs hurt business locally, and higher doing business costs have driven manufacturing out of state and overseas.

Miceli defends his votes as in the best interest of "his" constituents.

However, Sears questions whether Miceli's "constituents" are Wilmington and Tewksbury's businesses, employees and customers. Sears says: "You have to have employers before you can have employees and customers." Many store-fronts are shuttered along Rte 38 in both towns.

An answer? Miceli's his 2012 Pre-Primary 2012 Campaign Finance Report lists 12 contributors from 01/01/2012 to 08/18/2012. 7 of 12 contributors are unions. Does this mean he favors union employers at the expense of other of "his constituents?"  Yes. 7/12 is a "majority" in anybody's book!

Recent example: Tewksbury and Wilmington Firefighter unions recently endoresed Miceli. Why? Tewkbury, fire fighters receive 365 day year pay for working 90 to 95 days a year. They want his help to keep it that way. Why? their other days are paid holidays, bonus days, overtime, and time off to work on their second jobs. 

Any "constituent" over 18 would love such a job, especially in this economy. For Miceli, such "economics" provide Tewksbury taxpayers "good value"?

Playing Santa Claus with your money is how he stays in office: he gets firefighter union endorsments and you get the bill! The contribution pays for the silence of Miceli ("the conservative warrior"?) on discussions of cost savings from privating ambulance service or regionalizing fire safety departments.

As a candidate for Representative Sears is interested in debating these employer issues, and others, in Wilmington and Tewksbury. 

Sears says: "Jim Miceli has never met a union he wouldn't take money from."


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(p.s. If a reader knows of a union or labor PAC Miceli wouldn't take money from, please put a corrective post below.)

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denise September 26, 2012 at 07:55 PM
"hob nobs?" with firemen/woman...how dare he..?. Next election...we willl see, i for one will be voting FOR Miceli!!
mike t September 26, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Firefighters have the only job other than astronauts where they get paid to sleep. Working for 24 hours straight is suppose to be working, not sleeping on the job. How about having the Firesleepers work normal 8 hour shifts and have them actually doing something rather than sleeping. They are opposed to this because it's an awesome gig if you can get it. Two 24 hour shifts and 5 days off, whats not to love. A lot of them have side jobs as plumbers,carpenters,electricians etc. and all the while they're underbidding legitimate tradesmen. If the police can work normal shifts then so can the fire departments. Can anyone provide a reasonable response as to why they can't work normal 8 hour shifts?? Why do we have to pay for people to sleep???
john smith September 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
"hob nobs"!!! You are sorely mistaken. Rep Miceli is a friend to all public servants because he understands and values what they do. That is not hob nobbing as you elequently put it. Anyone who has ever called his office for anything will get a warm friendly response and he always has an open ear. You on the other hand do not know what that means to the community. It would be a total shame if for some reason you won this election and the people in this district will be at a loss. Do you honestly think you come across as a good guy when you insult firefighters from two towns one of which you are a selectman. Unbelievably unprofessional and truly unfair. Everyone knows it cost alot to provide services of any kind but you choose to single out firefighters who work 48 hours a week. Strange!
john smith September 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
well no matter what anyone says here your mind is clearly made up anyway. My take on it is that we are paying to have them at the firehouse ready to go out the door. Some workers get paid for their time not just for work performed. I think if firefighters were to work 8 hour shifts we would need a lot more firefighters to cover 24 hours a day 365 days a year. The 24 hour shift gets a crew there assigned to a truck for the entire period and they rotate the crews. they need a certain amount of firefighters on duty and breaking up the day into three 8 hour shifts would mean hiring alot more people I would think. I think they do 24 hour shifts to run lean. If you think they sleep all night call the chief and ask how many times they go out on a typical night, I think it is alot more than we think, they go to alot more than fires. It comes down to jealousy for some people, until they realize it is a job that is dangerous, stressfull, and necessary.
UrAleg11H September 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Are Firefighters tax exempt? So I guess they fund their own pay by paying taxes.
denise September 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Picking on firemen? I am sure they dont 'sleep' well, when at any momment an alarm could sound, and they have to go and risk their lives! For YOU and your family...Doug Sears seems to move from group to group insulting people. I have met both you and Miceli...You didnt impress me by what i witnessed...like i said..Miceli all the way in this house!
Douglas W. Sears September 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Back to the topic: Sears Questions Miceli's Voting Record -- Miceli gets Flunking Grades from 3 Independent Employer Groups. Unionized public employees love him. TW/WM firefighters VOLUNTARILY endorse Miceli for Rep. in Town Crier. They have "self-selected" to be looked at -- which some posters say is to be "picked on." No one questions the valuable service firefighters perform. Period. It is a legitimate question to ask to what extent taxpayers -- the employers -- can we afford to pay these rates for these services in 2012?. I am not alone in worrying that if fire fighters make their services too expensive for a community to afford, everyone will suffer. By endorsing Rep. Miceli, firefighters endorse the way things are now and they want his help to keep them that way. I am here to tell the employers -- the residents among whom are most of the firefighters -- that we no longer have the money to fund "business as usual." It's nobody's fault. It is just the economy and the times. Rep. Miceli and the firefighters are remembering a time gone by, when rosier revenues supported their way of doing business. We cannot afford the luxury of living in the past. Andover faced the same issues, bit the bullet, and made unpopular but necessary changes. More of their firefighters have jobs, and they provide us with mutual aid. . For those who want to live in the past, only one candidate will enable you to do that.
Rusty September 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Doug you're a Masshole
Michael Adams September 27, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Mr Sears, Tewksbury and any other Massachusetts City or Town will get what ye pay for. I guess we could go back to the days of buckets etc, but along with that goes the house next door etc.. As for the shifts the Firefighters work, at the end of the year they work 184 hours more than a 40 hr a week person. You could also take the beds out and wait till they get to the station from their homes and then hope that they get to the fire before the next block....I think you can figure out where I'm going. It never pays for a politician to take a shot at Police or fire depts, deserved or not, it only contributes to a negative wave of no support, for the politician anyways. Apparently your TFD personnel have had to figure you have never had their backs, or I would assume they would've backed you, no?. Time for a mea culpa and move on to other more pressing issues, it appears to the untrained eye you are only digging it deeper. Sometimes the less said the better....
Mary September 27, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Three cheers for Representative Miceli! Get out and make sure you vote for him. At least he has principles.
Cecil Moore September 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Selectman Sears, as a Republican candidate, do you feel that government should be run as a business model, similar to the private sector? Respectfully submitted.
Douglas W. Sears September 28, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Mike -- Thank you for your helpful suggestions. The TFD personnel are honorable folks; however, they are the only union that does not have a contract or an agreed framework for a contract with the town. Without going into specifics, that union sees the world differently than do their colleagues in other unions in the town. My personal view is that they are still living in the past when finances were rosier. Rep. Miceli cheers them on telling them what they want to hear. It's his MO. My saying that both he and the firefighter union are out of touch may anger the firefighters -- but that is the truth. My hunch is that if Tewksbury could afford what the firefighters demand -- and I am not involved in the collective bargaining process at all -- that they would have a contract by now. They are the ones who are out of step with their union brothers and sisters. True, there are those who may not my pointing out the self-evident. I do not pander for votes to get elected. My allegiance is and always will be to the employer -- the taxpayer -- who makes the salaries possible. Tewksbury needs people in political office who watch out for the taxpayer. This thread is not about firefighters. It is about how three independent organizations givee Rep. Miceli flunking grads for issues important to employers. That he is endorsed by the one union whose services appear too expensive for the town -- the employer, us -- is merely a local example of this failure. Doug
Douglas W. Sears September 28, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Cecil: You ask: "Selectman Sears, as a Republican candidate, do you feel that government should be run as a business model, similar to the private sector?" Yes. But the private sector has many models. We all have different strengths and abilities which we bring to the workplace. The private sector encourages each worker to be productive to get ahead. The public sector not so much. In the private sector the worker who has an inability to internalize motivation gets fired. In the public sector that worker gets a remedial action plan or a disability retirement at 85%of salary. I rest my case. Doug
Joe Kearns October 01, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Doug, You say this thread is not about Firefighters but all of your posts have been about us. Furthermore, the issues that you raise have absolutely nothing to do with the responsibilities of a State Representative; Contracts, hours of work, and overall benefits. Those are all issues that deal with the Board of Selectman. And for further clarification on some of your posts you can click here http://tewksbury.patch.com/blog_posts/clarification-of-misinformation
Jane Dough October 01, 2012 at 06:20 PM
With respects to all, I can see how things can get misconstrued. I do however have to object to all who are minimizing the work of firefighters who ONLY works 48 hrs/2 days in a 7-day/5-day work week;spin it anyway you want. I am not throwing Tewksbury's other finest (PD) under the bus either. TF don't pick the job to get blessed with a reduced work week - nor for the pay. All have families - some perhaps not kids but families. No where is it written what 48 hrs you will work in the given week - could be Christmas, New Years, your child's first birthday or steps, school play, moving up ceremony or some other milestone event. You could be working on your mother's birthday, anniversaries or other celebratory events. I then ask, what price do you put on that? How do you adjust the salaries for people who when at work, whether asleep or not, do such each & every day not knowing if it will be there last, as they are called to duty. PD maybe 1st responders but its the FD who runs into the burning building no questions asked. PD's roles are different and would not logically fit into a 24hr on/off schedule. But brave heroes are they too! Before we chastise these brave souls,I encourage you to learn the true meaning of the Maltese Cross they so valiantly wear. And the next time you hear bagpipes and think a fireman's life is easy, read this: http://www.wassaicfirerescue.com/lastalarm.htm or ask the child of a fallen fire fighter. God bless our town and all who serve to protect it!
Bob October 01, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I am so sick of this "they work special days" stuff. Here is an alert, there are many of us who have missed Christmas Day, New years, anniversaries and birthdays because of work. I have been in Australia and Canada for each of my kids birthdays because of work. Ask my wife and kids the last "vacation" we have had where I have not been called or had to remote in to fix an issue at work! Heck, I was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and had to answer urgent emails because systems were down! I take nothing away from PD or FD people but give it a break! We all put our lives on the line everyday in going to work on roads that are not safe. Motor vehicle accidents and worker falls were by far the largest segments of deaths on the job last year (12 each). Only 2 Massachusetts firefighters died fighting fires last year (thank God so low a number). One other working on a truck that fell off the jacks. Many fathers, mothers, son's and daughters don't come home from work every day. Many also don't get home for Christmas or a birthday. FD and PD are not unusual in that.
john smith October 01, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Bob no alert needed! Firefighters were attacked by a local selectman and that is why we are talking about them. I respect any worker who faces danger or hardship for the good of others. It just happens that our local firefighters can't catch a break from an elected official who does not have their backs.
Taxmeless October 02, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Sorry but I'm very confused by this Doug Sears Comment, "While nearby Andover has cut out all overtime and added 7 firefighters in the last year. The firefighters there are not happy about no longer getting overtime, but they have jobs and the community is protected." Andover found a solution by hiring 7 firefighter. Why doesn't Doug Sears and company hire 7 firefighters and solve the overtime problem? What am I missing? Sounds like simple math to me, but hey, I'm not running for state rep!
Karyn October 02, 2012 at 03:57 AM
You may want to click on Mr. Kearn's blog link from several posts above. He seems to know what he's talking about.
Tom October 03, 2012 at 10:21 PM
You are actually going to add, "driving your car to work" on the list of putting your life on the line? When I think of one putting his/her life on the line, soldiers, police and firefighters come to mind. They could die WHILE doing their job (risking their own lives for the good of others). What you mention Bob, is apples and oranges. Oh, and one other thing Bob, look at the stress put on the families of emergency workers (ER docs, nurses, police, fire fighters, our troops, etc.). You'll find the divorce rate astounding. It is precisely because of the things seen and done in their jobs along with time spent away from their families that puts those families at risk.
john smith October 04, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Another thing Bob fails to recognize is that hundreds of firefighters and police officers are injured every year in this state. Fatalities are not the only concern. When your in your fifties try jumping up and strapping on 70 pounds of gear, climbing stairs while dragging water filled hose, cutting holes in roofs, crawling around a smoke filled room, etc. Most workers have the benefit of time on their side to take their time and move and work slowly and safely. Emergency workers work with time as their enemy, and everything must be performed quickly, and that is another reason why it is so dangerous. Most people can put a ladder up to a house, but do that with all that gear on, with smoke pouring out of every door and window and your heart pounding. It is a whole different way of working!
Rick M October 04, 2012 at 05:12 PM
One of the points I brought up earlier still hasn't been addressed despite Mr. Sears trying to refocus on the "scores" and not the firefighters. I asked in very plain terms what is the Wilmington Board of Selectmen doing that Selectman Sears isn't to develop Rt 38 in a similar manner? Bringing up the Fire Department Union is his way of showing that he is against organized labor from what I can tell. I understand that Sears wants to get the votes from the employer and not the workers, he just can't be upset when workers (who can't afford cruises in the Atlantic like system analyists, Bob) call him out. Trying to get local business owners to vote for him is great, but what has he DONE to get local business going...and stay going? I agree that hiring more firefighters will save on O.T., and provide better services. Why hasn't Mr. Sears championed this idea? I haven't seen one article or blog posting with him pushing for an increase in staffing. As for the contract, like it was mentioned, it is between the Manager and the Union...not State Rep.
Bob October 04, 2012 at 06:00 PM
John and Tom, I am not saying FD is not a dangerous position. I am saying I am sick of people bringing up the fact they work holidays and "special" days. Many do. They also all have a choice as we all do and can choose not to be firefighters. So stop the garbage about getting older and doing a job. Again, they chose it and they don't have to wait to 67 to retire! And no not driving your car to work. Driving a vehicle FOR work is what I was referring to and that was the number one on the job killer. Don't add our troops to this. THAT is apples to oranges.
john smith October 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Bob we have a selectman who singled out an entire department in town as well as the profession they perform. He is misleading people and he knows it. The firefighters are simply defending themselves, the work they do, and the time they spend at work. Can you blame them for that? Why is that hard for you to hear?
Bob October 04, 2012 at 07:41 PM
John, not hard at all. I am not saying I agree with Mr. Sears. I don't know the facts or the history behind this quarrel. I think there are points to be made on all sides. I am personally just sick of the over the top verbiage to defend our public employees honor. As with any profession, I have found good and not so good. The one thing I will say about your first response "...our local firefighters can't catch a break from an elected official who does not have their backs." he isn't supposed to have their backs. He is supposed to have the tax payers of Tewksbury's backs. That is why he was elected. If he goes over the line in that duty and is hurting the town, that is a separate issue and I would love to hear why you and other feel that way. Facts please not "he doesn't appreciate their work".
Bob October 04, 2012 at 07:49 PM
LOL, Rick, please not an analyst and I cannot afford it any more either. This town, the town employees, Deval Patrick and President Obama have all made quick work of what little surplus we use to have in our budget. We don't have any more to give and it is time than local, state and federal employees and their bought and paid for puppets in the State House and Congress understand that. I don't know Doug and frankly have never voted for him but I know the Democrats in this state don't have a clue and think the Good Ship Taxpayer will continue to sail. It is sinking!
Wizard Of Oz October 04, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Mr Sears Can you answer some of the questions from the above posts. 1. As a selectman of Tewksbury why is it that Rt 38 in Wilmington has no empty lots or store fronts and Tewksbury has many. This should be a priority to everyone involved to attract both business and residents to move into our town and not our neighboring towns. 2. Since you brought Andover Fire and the forward thinking of the town fathers to solve the staffing issue in their town, why has Tewksbury not done the same. Let me remind you that overtime is not something the employee asks for, but something that is dictated by management both in the public and private sector. Also do they work the same shift as the Tewksbury Fire Dept? and why no bashing of them for it? 3. There is no reason to bring contract negotiations into the discussion since this is an agreement with the town manager/bos and the union. It has nothing to do with a State Rep. election, should be seen as a way to take a cheap shot at an organization that endorsed a candidate, isnt that what America is all about. So I think Doug you should stop throwing blog grenades and provide an answer to the questions that have been asked of you
Douglas W. Sears October 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
1. As a selectman of Tewksbury why is it that Rt 38 in Wilmington has no empty lots or store fronts and Tewksbury has many. This should be a priority to everyone involved to attract both business and residents to move into our town and not our neighboring towns. ---- Under the 22 year leadership of Michael Caira as Town Manager Wilmington grew its industrial base, brought in many national chain stores, and grew $10M in reserves. During this time Tewksbury concentrated on the junction of Rte 38 and Rte 495. Rte 38 in Tewksbury is lined with many food and service businesses which have a more rapid turnover than is good. There are storefronts that could have businesses. The Economic Development Committee has helped bring Ocean State Job Lots and Thermo Fisher to town recently. More can be done and is being done. This development is a high priority of the Tewksbury BOS. ----------------------------------- Since you brought Andover Fire and the forward thinking of the town fathers to solve the staffing issue in their town, why has Tewksbury not done the same. Let me remind you that overtime is not something the employee asks for, but something that is dictated by management both in the public and private sector. _____ I am done talking about the TFD. ____ "There is no reason to bring contract negotiations into the discussion since this is an agreement with the town manager/bos and the union. " ____ Ditto.
Mario Marchese October 05, 2012 at 09:46 PM
If and when will there be a debate?
Douglas W. Sears October 16, 2012 at 02:14 AM
October 24 at TMHS auditorium 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Moderator: Tom Zuppa, Lowell Sun; Panelists: Jayne Miller, Town Crier; Matt Schooley, Patch.


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