“Quit while you’re behind” is not much of an attitude to take no matter the circumstance but sometimes it just fits.
Say for instance you’re the head of a police union who lays awake nights trying to figure out how to let the mayor know that you have a problem with him separating the position of chief from membership in your union.
Night after night you lay there, “How can we…? What could we…?” Then suddenly, a brainstorm!
The chief is a very enthusiastic chief who has taken to performing police duties even when he’s not on duty, right? I mean he’s arrested people and he wasn’t even on the clock!
How about you try this? “Why, he’s a non-union cop performing work that union cops should be doing!”
If you could just highlight that angle and ask the public to believe that the mayor might go so far as to lay off some union cops because he has a non-union cop who’s working even when he’s not being paid!
That’s the brainstorm.
Whoever came up with that must have been lying awake looking for an idea for an awful lot of nights in a row because I think sleep deprivation got the better of judgment here.
In a nutshell, the idea is, “The chief of police shouldn’t be doing police work because he’s not in the union.” And worse, he shouldn’t be doing it for free!
There’s an old joke that’s probably not proper to tell in it’s entirety in this politically correct time in which we live but the punchline is, “Hey, I might be crazy but I’m not stupid!”
And the icing on this debacle cake is that the union has not withdrawn it’s formal complaint. They’ve decided to let the state Labor Relations Board make it official.
“Quit while you’re behind.”