- City of Boston Claims Lawyer Mocked Labor Negotiators with Fake Lisp, ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ Response
City of Boston Claims Lawyer Mocked Labor Negotiators with Fake Lisp, ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ Response
Posted May 21, 2012 4:30 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
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.