“Uncle” Harold Takes the Nephews for Ice Cream,Â (On Your Dime, of Course.)
Time was when you could say that the only people who got 40% pay raises were bankers and hedge fund managers.
Not any more.
To the list add IAFF district vice presidents, at least if Â Harold Schaitberger has his way.
The upcoming convention resolution 7 submitted by Schaitberger takes the vice presidents from their current $79,000 to $120,000.
It’s a $13,300 a year pay raise each year for three years, but $40,000 is still $40,000.
So, it’s not a raise, it’s one giantÂ leapÂ for DVPs designed to make sure that this current batch of timid, fawning and compliant pawns remain that way.
But Wait, What About the Guys?
Oh, you meanÂ the members.
In 2007 on the eve of the great recession the mean salary was $44,130. Â Seven years later it is $48,270, an increase of 1.3% per year, barely enough to keep pace with inflation.
Firefighters and paramedics are staggering along with stagnant and essentially flat wages and “uncle” Harold decides to rob the IAFF bank to pay off the knuckleheads.
Yes, it’s hush moneyÂ so that the board will continue to forfeit their role of oversight and leadership while Schaitberger careens from deal to deal leaving ethical conflicts swirling in the cesspool wake Â that has become the IAFF.
Timing is Everything
In any marginally ethical organization such a pay raise would only be put forth in an election year and the potential recipients would be running for re-election looking down the barrel of such a shocker.
But not at the IAFF.
As John Niemiec would say, “Uncle Harold” fixes that problem.
Schaitberger volunteers to put the great pay leap forward in a non-election year when there is zero political risk and he can bask in their collective admiration.
“Gee, thanks Boss”, they’ll collectively intone, “The ice cream is super.”
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