Kansas City Star
August 23, 2004

Seeking Bush's help

NEW YORK — The city's police and fire unions are asking President Bush to intercede with Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help them win raises in their contract dispute.

At a news conference Monday with the World Trade Center site as a backdrop, the unions said they sent a letter to the president on Aug. 17 seeking his “help and support.”

“This mayor does not respect the uniformed workers of the city ... and we want the president to understand what is going on,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

The unions, which have not ruled out staging an illegal strike or sickout during the Republican National Convention, have been working without a contract for more than two years.