Dear Editor:

When elected officials refuse to honor the sanctity of collective bargaining organized labor must respond. One of the most powerful ways for our members to do that is through our votes.

Unfortunately, since being in office Mayor Pat Giblin has proven, despite his commitments that helped him previously earn our endorsement, that negotiating in good faith with the men and women of the Cranford Fire Department is not a priority for him.

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Instead of working to unite public safety he chose to exert effort into driving a wedge between us and our brothers and sisters in blue. This is no way to run a community like Cranford where public safety means so much to so many.

While Pat Giblin is not on the ballot this year there are two candidates that are whom we believe have earned our endorsement: Mary O’Connor and Phil Siliato.

We have worked with Mary, whose brother is a member of the NJ FMBA, during her time on the township council, and, after getting to know Phil in recent weeks, know that for both of them action is more important than talk.  

We are confident that not only do they understand the issues that matter most, but as elected officials will act accordingly to make sure that our firefighters have the tools, training, and resources they need to continue in our rightful role as the men and women running towards emergencies that are others are running from. Most importantly, they will stand true to the time honored tradition of engaging in responsible negotiating.  

In the final days of this campaign we plan to back up this endorsement with political action, and encourage all who truly care about both public safety and the rights of working families to vote for Mary O’Connor and Phil Siliato on Election Day. 


Eddie Donnelly



The NJFMBA represents more than 3,000 career firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers across New Jersey.