Archive for May2014

IAFF Ethics: The Gold Letter

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Piercing the Veil of Ethical Secrecy Laurence Gold has been retained to assist in the review of the Schaitberger house purchase/conflict of interest. Mr. Gold: My name is Eric Lamar and I am a member in good standing of the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO.  My membership number is 0293837.  I have been a […]

This and That: 22 May 2014

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  Heard near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery with a British Accent: “Well, he has to pee doesn’t he?”   Headline of the week From the Daily Mail: Silvio Berlusconi DENIES calling Angela Merkel a lard-ass – but admits he DID jump out at her and go ‘cuckoo’ (and says […]

IAFF Resolution Two Step

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Not Either, But Both Rube Goldberg is alive and well at the IAFF. For those considering the submission of a resolution to the IAFF Convention, they have instituted a requirement that can only be aimed at making the process both confusing and difficult. Emailing has allowed all of us to reduce the use of paper […]

IAFF Ethics: Readers Reply

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The Comments Over the past few months I have posted a number of articles on the anemic ethics of IAFF leaders.  Along the way, a number of people have written their own views.  Below is a sample. Darren Bates: Bates was denied his union rights, and both betrayed and humiliated by IAFF General President Harold […]

IAFF Ethics: Dinner Bell

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$56,000 in One Year at Just Five Restaurants The median salary for a North American firefighter is about $45,000 a year.  Tack on some overtime if you are lucky and then add on a second job and with some luck you might push that income up to $56,000. That’s the amount IAFF leaders spent at […]

Ethics: Huppets Try a Cover-Up

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Over 1,000 Signal Approval of Convention Resolution General President Schaitberger purchased a million dollar second home from a principal at SF&C Insurance Associates, a firm that does substantial business with the IAFF. Such a purchase is a text book example of conflict of interest where someone’s judgement can be clouded by their private interests or […]

Hanging with the Wolf Pack

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To the Moon and Back This week I toured with a group from, let’s just say, Andrew Jackson territory. Their school sent two buses and as they often are, they were divided by gender with me winding up with 36 eighth grade boys. Was this divine retribution? Coin Toss At the very first stop, the […]

Ethics: The Darren Bates Story

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What a Man Should be Remembered For As we confront the ethics crisis at the IAFF it helps to see how General President Harold Schaitberger treated an IAFF member accused of an offense as he now is. About five years ago Darren Bates, an Omaha fire captain, IAFF Local 385 president and district field service […]

IAFF Ethics Update

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All Silent on the “Harry and His Huppets” Front First, thank you to the 653 folks who have indicated their support for an ethics resolution at the upcoming 52nd IAFF Convention. The response has been overwhelming. I post EVERY comment and there has been just one negative response. That is a 99.99% approval rating to […]

Wheel Chair For Two, Please

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Just in Case You Need It I finished up the week working with a group of eighth-graders from Lamar Middle School, a touch of irony or humor that was lost on both them and me. It was a superb day at Mount Vernon and down at Pioneer Farm it was sheep shearing time, the old […]

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