Just want to post one more thing about the arbitrator’s decision to reinstate Josie Dimon to her job …
I spent a bit of time yesterday reading the actual decision document written by the arbitrator when Dave from 2PJ emailed me the link, and I would just like to say that I stand by my “couldn’t be further from Switzerland if he or she was on Alderaan” statement about the arbitrator.
1. In a supposedly un-biased opinion handed down by an un-biased person, we find this VERY biased language:
In the second paragraph, BAM:
Wow. They jump right into that don’t they? Sounds like he’s setting something up, because it is a well known fact that Pittsburgh didn’t expect to get hit by that much snow. The NWS was forecasting 4 to 8 inches:
The storm was initially forecast to bring the Pittsburgh area 4–8 inches of snow, but the storm moved farther north than expected leading to explosive accumulations.
I even asked the weather people on twitter:
So right there off the bat, the arbitrator is showing bias.
2. “No causal connection between anything the Grievant did or failed to do and the tragic death has been established whatsoever.”
However, it goes on:
“The conduct of others in this ugly and lamentable storm scenario was arguably far more culpable than that of the Grievant. The media pounced on the decision of the Director of Public Safety to go partying in the mountains when a major storm was known to be approaching metropolitan Pittsburgh.”
First, it sounds to me like the arbitrator is saying that Lukey and Huss going to Seven Springs had a MORE DIRECT CULPABILITY FOR THIS DEATH than the actual paramedic that refused to offer aid?!
Second, “Partying in the mountains?”
This is legal speak? This is unbiased opinion?
Not “The public safety director departed the city proper to visit a mountain resort as the storm approached,” but “HE WENT PARTYING IN THE MOUNTAINS.”
3. Moving on:
You know why it sounds like a lame excuse? Because she’s not on audio saying, “Well, gosh. It would be a travesty if he walked here and couldn’t find us because he went another way.” She’s on audio saying, “We ain’t waiting all day. This ain’t no fucking cab service.”
The fiasco of February 6, 2010 entailed miscommunication, but not malicious neglect of duty. The Grievant and her partner paramedic walked to patients before and after the call in question. Hazelwood is a neighborhood that these two paramedics were not familiar with and it can be scary …
So, it’s okay to not render aid if you find the neighborhood scary?!
I bet there are paramedics reading this right now thinking of all the scary places they’ve had to enter to render aid and not once did they say, “Ooooh. I can’t go there. It’s too scary!” They said, “Onward.”
Read the opinion for yourself, particularly the part where the arbitrator outlines all the ways the dying man could have walked to the ambulance, not realizing that means there were several ways the paramedics could have chosen to walk to the dying man.
Snowmageddon was a disaster in every way, from snow removal to 911 dispatching to an absent Mayor, etc. and there is a lot of blame to be passed around for Mr. Mitchell’s death. The Union and the arbitrator would do well to realize that a great deal of that blame should rest heavily on Josie Dimon’s shoulders and should remain there.