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City of Boston Claims Lawyer Mocked Labor Negotiators with Fake Lisp, ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ Response

Posted May 21, 2012 5:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The city of Boston is fed up with a prominent lawyer representing firefighters in contract negotiations.

A letter dispatched to the Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations claims lawyer E. David Wanger was vulgar and vitriolic at a meeting on Tuesday, the Boston Globe reports.

According to the allegations, Wanger mocked city officials with a fake lisp, used obscenities, and repeatedly interrupted their conversation with the words “Blah! Blah! Blah!” The letter says city officials won’t meet any more with Wanger or firefighters unless a mediator is appointed.

Union president Richard Paris told the Globe that city lawyers were equally difficult. “The city was doing the same thing to us,” he said. “It was not a kissing game in there, that’s for sure. But Dave Wanger is trying to do the right thing. … He looks out for the health and welfare and well-being of firefighters.”

Wanger did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

Updated on May 22 to correct one instance of misspelling E. David Wanger's name.

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