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Freeport firefighter claims union talk led to firing

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Legal action is heating up the Panhandle town of Freeport, after firefighter John Carter sued the mayor and the fire chief.

Carter says the two trumped up sexual harassment charges against him in order to fire him. He says they wanted him gone because of his efforts to unionize the city’s firefighters.

Carter sued Mayor Mickey Marse and Fire Chief Ben Greenslait, claiming they fired him for exercising his First Amendment rights. Additionally, Carter claims he is entitled to whistle-blower protection for reporting misconduct within the department.

According to the complaint, Greenslait secretly recorded firefighters discussing unionization. Carter alleges Greenslait vowed to return the department to an all-volunteer unit rather than allow firefighters to be unionized.

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