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Meg Vaillancourt reports on affirmative action in the Boston Fire Department
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[Affirmative action in the Boston Fire Department]
Original Airdate: 6/15/1989

Length: 00:03:54
Item Type: newstape - edited story master

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Description : Abstract
Meg Vaillancourt reports on controversy over the affirmative action program in the Boston Fire Department. Vaillancourt notes that a 1976 court ruling required the Boston Fire Department to offer equal opportunities to minorities. Vaillancourt interviews Kathleen Allen (Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination) about the affirmative action program in the Fire Department. Vaillancourt reports on the percentages of non-white firefighters in the department. Vaillancourt notes that some white firefighters consider the affirmative action program to be unfair, while many non-white firefighters support the program. Vaillancourt interviews David Coritella (Mayor's Policy Office) about the affirmative action program and the civil service exam. Cortiella says that the highest-scoring applicants in each racial group are hired. Vaillancourt reviews statistics concerning the rank and salaries of non-white firefighters. Vaillancourt notes that there are few minorities in positions of authority within the department. Vaillancourt reports that white firefighters Philip Malone and Paul Malone were recently fired for having claimed to be African American on their job applications. Vaillancourt adds that city and state officials fully support the affirmative action program. Vaillancourt's report is accompanied by footage of white and minority firefighters on the job and in a fire station. Vaillancourt's report also features clips from Nova.

Contributor : Reporter
Meg Vaillancourt
Format : Tape 6561   Barcode   Script is available.
3/4" cassette 102972 
VHS cassette 105729 
Betacam cassette 105728 
digital betacam cassette 105727 

Subject : Keywords
Affirmative Action programs
Fire Departments

Subject : Personal Names
Allen, Kathleen
Cortiella, David
Malone, Paul
Malone, Philip
Vaillancourt, Meg

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston Fire Department

Type : Genre
News - Television

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