Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer, a former Capitol Police chief, also agreed the possibility of a no-confidence vote may have prompted both sides to look for common ground. “I think it helped force the issues,” Gainer said. “I think each side, the union and leadership and commanders of the department, thought they were in sync. And I think the threat of [a vote] was pretty clear evidence that something wasn’t right.
Reynolds, who is said to be among those under consideration for the chief’s job, could also have a stake in smoothing ruffled feathers. “I’m pleased with our continued progress and productive meetings with the union,” Reynolds said in a statement to Roll Call. “We continue to work diligently and cooperatively to utilize our communication channels to best address and resolve matters of mutual concern in the best interest of the department.”
Konczos echoed the assessment of the situation and lauded Reynolds’ recent actions. “He has showed very good leadership on this,” Konczos said. “And we’re actually very impressed.”
Konczos would not predict the results of the survey or whether or when the Labor Committee might proceed with a no-confidence vote. There remains a need for “accountability” by leadership, he said, and an acknowledgement that those in the leadership ranks behaved inappropriately.
“We’d even take an apology at this point,” Konczos said.
As far as Rosenzweig is concerned, a vote is still necessary despite inroads between the two factions: “I like that things have changed, and that’s good … but my section, House Chamber security, is pretty strongly for it.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.