Archive for June2014

IAFF Ethics: Rascals Round-Up

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The Situation So Far With the convention just around the corner I have been asked to “roll up” the elements of our ethical crisis in one place. Here’s a brief summary for each with the story link below it. I.  The Betrayal of Darren Bates General President Harold Schaitberger denied IAFF member and local officer […]

IAFF History: Tom Spellacy

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Facebook Debates If my local is any indicator the two hot topics of discussion these days are Resolution 10 on ethics and the vice president’s very hefty pay raise. The comments are fast and furious. The other night a fellow said, in part, “I don’t care what size house the boss lives in, I’m thankful […]

Ethics: DVP Romaka Weighs In

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Says, “His [Lamar’s] credibility is suspect once you know all sides of the Darrell Bates story.” Bill Romaka, IAFF First District Vice President, was taking me down a notch in an email to his colleagues and others when he invoked the political assassination of  Bates by Harold Schaitberger. Alas, DVP Romaka couldn’t even get Bates’s […]

Ethics: Release the Secret Report

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Something to Hide? Many will know that a special committee of the IAFF executive board met recently in closed session along with an ethics attorney to review some of General President Harold Schaitberger’s ethical conflicts. The special committee apparently developed a written report that was then discussed by the full executive board also in a […]

IAFF’s Vice President Taylor to Retire?

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Report From Virginia Fire Fighters President Mike Mohler: “Fourth District, be on the lookout at convention for an announcement that DVP Taylor may be stepping down for health reasons. Coinciding with this is an intensive campaign effort by my Local President, John Niemiec. Filling Bill’s position, who is a rubber stamp for President Schaitberger, would […]

IAFF For Sale: Lion Apparel

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Lion Apparel and the IAFF’s Nicholas Del Re Three months ago I wrote of the IAFF’s fatal mistake of engaging in a financial relationship with health and safety product manufacturers. Harold Schaitberger’s decision to take their money for advertising, including from Lion Apparel,  was not only proof of his manic deal making, it also destroyed […]

IAFF Ethics: Black Daze Comment

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  Eric, Thanks for trying to engage the membership of the IAFF. Without your provocative dialogue, it would continue to be “business as usual” for Harry and the Huppets. Even still, they believe that no one will notice or question actions like tabling a motion to simply review a policy that has been shown to […]

IAFF Ethics: Some Lions Roar

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The Cover-up Continues, But With a Twist The IAFF executive board met a few weeks ago here in Washington, DC. The Sunday evening they arrived, a “special committee” met in closed session with Larry Gold, an outside ethics attorney retained to probe General President Harold Schaitberger’s conflict-of-interest deals. Alas, it was a thinly veiled cover-up […]