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. Â The Betrayal of Darren Bates
General President Harold Schaitberger denied IAFF member and local officer Darren Bates both fundamental due process and the presumption of innocence. Â Darren Bates was found not guilty in a court of law.
It’s past time for Darren Bates to receive a measure of justice from his own union.
II. Â The House Conflict
Schaitberger engaged in various undisclosed deals totaling over a $1,000,000 with a person who does substantial business with the IAFF and the IAFF Financial Corp.
III. Â IAFF Sells Health and Safety Advertising
Under Schaitberger and the the board we forfeited out sacred role of advocacy when we decided to take money from the very people we are tasked with keeping an eye on.
IV. Â The Board Conducts a Sham Investigation of Schaitberger’s Conflicts
An outside ethics lawyer sat with a special committee of the board as they glossed over the various conflicts.
V. Â The Board Tries to Cover Up Their Own Report
But they got caught out when three vice presidents took a stand for integrity.
VI. Â An Insider Writes a Note
“Black Daze” asks for help.
VII. Â IAFF’s Nick Del Re Sells Out to an IAFF Advertiser
The FDNY chief and longtime Haz Mat instructor took gifts from an IAFF advertiser, Lion Apparel, precisely proving the point that we no longer are serious about protecting our members. Â It’s all about making deals.
VIII. The Board Continues the Cover-Up
Can there be anything worse than trying to hide the findings from an ethics investigation?
Doesn’t that defeat the very point?