IAFF: What Would a Real Board Do?

A wicket, of course, is the imprecise term for a wet cricket pitch resulting in unpredictable bounces and chaotic maneuvers.

Our pitch, the IAFF, may be more slick than wet though the results, a series of bad plays, is just the same.

There are at least two strategies available to solve the “slick pitch” problem.

One is for convention delegates to express their concern and wishes through resolutions. This is the most direct and powerful course as it is the elected delegates who chart the course of the IAFF.

Convention delegates are the direct voice of the IAFF to the leadership, both the board and the principal officers.

Cricket, anyone?

Cricket, anyone?

The second strategy is for the IAFF Executive Board to actually act as one.  That is, to exercise their collective fiduciary and ethical responsibility.

That is what real boards do. When apprised of a conflict of interest, with or without impropriety, they set in motion actions designed to determine the truth and remedy the issue.

This occurs by handing the matter over to an unbiased and neutral investigative panel who is equipped to examine all facets of the issue and to render a comprehensive report.

As I have previously suggested, I believe the IAFF’s law firm is “conflicted out” in the matter though I would be skeptical of their ability to render a truly unbiased report in any event.

The US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., could be contacted to provide the names of suitable law firms or entities who could conduct a thorough investigation.

Either way, a conflict has been identified and the next step is to create a process where the entire situation can be carefully unwound and examined so that it can be fully understood and prevented in the future.

Just like the IAFF fifth district voting controversy, either we solve the problem ourselves or someone does it for us. (We are now under the watchful eye of the US Department of Labor where elections are concerned.)

Do we want another federal agency looking over our shoulder?

Our failure to promptly, impartially and resolutely deal with this matter may mean further loss of IAFF autonomy and freedom to exterior agencies or authorities.

Worse still, it buttresses the notion that we are a union of special deals and access where the member’s interest is considered last, if at all.

Our vice-presidents need to conduct themselves as the leaders they were elected to be or frankly admit their inability to act when it matters the most.

And if they cannot, they should get out of the way.

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