Over the past few months I have posted a number of articles on the anemic ethics of IAFF leaders. Â Along the way, a number of people have written their own views. Â Below is a sample.
Bates was denied his union rights, and both betrayed and humiliated by IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger for no acceptable reason. Â Emails from the incident make it clear that Schaitberger was eager to slay Bate’s reputation: “…Suffice it to say that the nature of the accusation is unacceptable and deeply troubling”, Schaitberger said.
Darren Bates was found not guilty and exonerated.
Darren Bates Responds:
“To those brothers who supported me when all those I supported left me thank you. Eric you were one of the only true firefighters at the IAFF, the rest in any position of authority are simply low political bitches. It was those very few brothers who actually supported me and my family that got me through the organized deceit and media blitz Shaitberger and Mike McDonnell organized. Amazing how a union president is fired during contract negotiations months before a mayoral election and the IAFF takes the side of management and conspires to ruin the Union. McDonnell becomes chief and decimates local 385 and creates political havoc. McDonnell got fired. His treachery caught up to him and Haroldâ€™s will too. It is people like them who have created animosity and hatred towards firefighters.
Thank you to Eric Lamar and those few who supported and stood by me during one of the most difficult times of my life. My family is finally starting to recover from the betrayal.”
– See more at: http://www.turnoutblog.com/2014/05/07/ethics-the-darren-bates-story/#sthash.W2GKRQaa.dpuf
$56,000 in Meals in One Year
Brian Burr Writes:
“Iâ€™m sure that angus wasnâ€™t all that was included in the tab. Throw in a couple bottles of good wine, etc., and the cost goes up quickly. The thing Mr. Lamar doesnâ€™t tell us is how many people were on each of these bills, and were these the top five? Iâ€™m sure they are, and the others were much less. Is it an outrageous amount? Yes. But what are the other lobbyists spending?”
Eric replies: Â I’m pretty sure they are the top five under this category. They are listed under “union administration”Â and not under “political activities or lobbying” so the notion that they are related to lobbying is bogus. Â By the way, is it a coincidence that they are listed under “union administration”, the last section of a very lengthy report making it unlikely that they would ever be seen?
This is the guys taking the guys out-to-dinner on our dime.
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Jeffrey Holtz Writes:
“As a union leader for over 14 years I have to say I have been to some of those dinners. First of all those meals are paid for with our union dues not tax dollars. That is our money. Those dollars are budgeted for and voted on by all of our members in all 5000 plus locals by over 300, 000 members across USA and Canada.
Secondly when I am invited to a business dinner there are useually 18-20 people attending. Those types of restaurants are frequented because they can always accommodate a big crowd. The food is often very good also.”
See more at: http://www.turnoutblog.com/2014/05/13/iaff-ethics-dinner-bell/#sthash.g7RxOFxs.dpuf
On the Board’s Cover-up and MDA Assertion
In addition to taking General President Schaitberger’s directive to cover up the house purchase conflict of interest, the Board also asserted that the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) would fail if ethics were enforced at the IAFF.
A comment from “John Doe” on IAFF/MDA Affairs, no pun intended:
“This story is just the tip of the iceberg! As a fire chief I have to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. My daughter used to work for the MDA, used to because the MDA laid off 60+ percent of their staff and closed 80 percent of their offices in the last 18 months. The one thing they have not eliminated is the multiple week long jaunts at luxury hotels and spas for IAFF union reps. My daughter had to attend three to four of these per year. All expenses including open bars and all meals were covered by the MDA. Thanks to a couple of firefighters from my daughterâ€™s turf she was considered off limits and was not hit on to the point of harassment. The word was put out that her dad was one of them. The budget for my daughterâ€™s region allocated twice as money for these jaunts than they actually spent helping MDA causes and patients. While few (if any) union reps stayed the entire week, most came and went based upon work schedules. The entire time the jaunts were non stop parties of drunk firefighters who despite marital status, were constantly hitting on facility and MDA staff.”
Eric replies: Â This comment makes it perfectly clear that the Board’s assertion about emphasizing ethics to the detriment of MDA is absurd and ridiculous. Â MDA needs the same ethical makeover as the IAFF.
See more at: http://www.turnoutblog.com/2014/05/13/iaff-ethics-dinner-bell/#sthash.x4FF22UE.dpuf