IAFF/MDA: On Clowns and Justice

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Lot’s of the Former But None of the Latter Over the past several years as the corruption at the IAFF has been continuously detailed there has been a constant refrain from the other side, “Take it to convention.” As if that would make a difference when the IAFF is ruled by a dictator and his […]

IAFF/MDA Scandal: Mark Johnston of Local 452 Speaks Out

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“…No one disputed the budget numbers in the resolution. [Resolution 33] I asked my DVP for a full accounting of revenue and expenses from MDA and the IAFF would not provide themĀ  to a duly elected Executive Board member. Even if the total amount of expenditures from MDA non per capita tax revenue does go […]

IAFF/MDA Deal: The Comments

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If True? I’m all about giving the benefit of the doubt but these folks who still qualify their concern by saying “If True” regarding the great IAFF/MDA rip-off are pretty amazing. Here’s why. No one, to my knowledge, has ever denied that the IAFF received $1,400,000 from MDA in 2015. Even an MDA coordinator confirmed […]

IAFF/MDA: The Deal

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Was it Good For You? On Valentine’s Day of 2013, the soon to be wedded “lovers” at the IAFF and MDA, Harold Schaitberger and Steve Derks, respectively, signed their pre-nuptial agreement whereby the MDA would fork over a hefty fee so that the IAFF would continue to rake in the cash for them. At least […]

MDA: Stop the Great IAFF Rip-Off

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Over, But Not Really It’s O-Fish-All, IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger crushed opposition, both in committee and on the convention floor, designed to stop his administration from skimming money meant for sick children. Schaitberger’s “great union” rhetoric notwithstanding, the IAFF has sunk to its lowest point ever. Schaitberger’s IAFF takes a nickel of every dollar […]

Susan Collins, Trump and the GOP

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Unworthy of Being Our President Today’s Washington Post contains an Op Ed written by US Senator and Maine Republican Susan Collins explaining why, as a lifelong member of the GOP, she will not be voting for Trump in November. Collins is a member of a vanishing species, the Moderate Republican (MR). A sign of a […]

IAFF Politics: If Hillary Were Harold

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Queen of Corruption? If you listen to many IAFF members, Hillary Clinton is the political equivalent of the worst anti-labor and scab fire chief ever. They write in and call her a pathological liar and much worse. In their minds she is dishonest, unethical and tainted. She has used her position to gain favor and […]

Safety: Buses & Us

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Each year millions of Americans ride motorcoaches as an inexpensive alternative to air or rail travel. Dozens of discount lines now run between major cities across the country. Tens of thousands of groups book travel where motorcoaches are used, including student field trips. Motorcoaches are safe but not entirely so. This past week a motorcoach […]

IAFF & Edzo: Khan or Con?

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The Courage to Speak Up? Ed “Edzo” Kelly is the presumptive heir to the soon-to-be vacant General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) position at the IAFF. If Kelly is a leader at all he should be feeling a crunch. Harold Schaitberger and Donald Trump have lots in common, chief of which is their pathologically narcissistic personalities. They thrive […]

Give That Kid a Sucker

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Trump in 54 Seconds: “Get the Baby Out of Here” Forget the Ukraine, Crimea or Russia. Or whether or not he trashes women or people of color or folks with disabilities. A crying kid in Ashburn, Virginia, sums up the utter strangeness of the craziest candidate since Andrew Jackson. Trump calls attention to the crying […]

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