A union that represents public works workers in Revere has accused acting mayor Patrick Keefe, of threatening the employees because they endorsed a rival in his race to succeed former mayor Brian Arrigo.
A copy of the complaint obtained by The Herald shows that the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council of 93 Local 880 lodged a complaint on behalf of Keefe with the Department of Labor Relations of the State of Massachusetts, accusing him of making hostile remarks towards union members in a meeting on July 25th, held in Revere.
But Keefe is firing back, saying in a statement provided by a city spokesperson that the report from the union is a “fabricated exaggeration of my frustration” and he does not “have time for petty political arguments.”
“(The report) exposes the ugly underbelly of dirty politics and it will be handled professionally through the proper channels and protocols for any complaint of this nature,” Keefe said in the statement.
The complaint said Keefe — who became acting mayor in April and is now running against three others to serve in the position for a full term — arrived at the Department of Public Works with “administrative assistants to speak with the employees over issues…