The city has begun cleaning the union stickers off of its fire trucks but the firefighters union is warning that the effort is a waste of money and a safety hazard.
Since last week Mayor Denis Coderre has been ordering the removal of the red stickers that the unions created to protest the proposed pension plan bill.
But the firefighters union says the cleaning is a waste of time because they just put the stickers back up.
Spokesperson Chris Ross says it's also dangerous because while the trucks are being cleaned they're out of service.
“Putting fire trucks out of service puts the public in danger, something they’re always saying, oh the unions pressure tactics might do that, and here they are taking stickers off that they could have easily left on, and for 90 minutes the trucks are out of service.”
Ross says the stickers are legal and the city shouldn't be removing them.
“It’s freedom of expression, we’ve won in the past that we’re allowed to use stickers, that it’s not illegal, so it’s something that we are going to continue to do. They know it’s the only visibility option that we have.”
But Coderre says it's unacceptable that the stickers be put on trucks paid for by taxpayers.
He says the unions will be paying the cleaning bill.