From Brian Gaughan,Â Past President
IAFF Local 4186, Retired Member
As I read the article, I couldnâ€™t help but think back about my many attempts to find out more about Haroldâ€™s position on the closing of labors own school of higher education, The National Labor College.
From what students and alumni (of which I am one) were told, the Executive Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO voted to stop funding it, which in turn forced the college to cease operations.
Knowing that Harold was on the Executive Board of Directors, I was curious as to what his position and vote on de-funding the college was.
Over numerous phone calls, I was repeatedly told by various staff members of the International that Harold was â€œvery upsetâ€ and was â€œtotally againstâ€ the closing of the college.
I was even told that â€œvery soonâ€ Harold will be putting out a statement expressing his disappointment concerning the matter.
I was told that something would â€œprobablyâ€ be in the IAFF magazine concerning the issue.
None of those came to fruition.
But what I DO see in our magazine and on our website are ads touting for-profit college degrees.
I have to wonder, was a vote cast to close the only college devoted exclusively to promoting labor and the working class so money could be made by extolling the virtues of profit based education?
From what I have learned recently, it would not surprise me in the slightest.
I also have to ad that at the National Labor College, I met several other IAFF members, among them was John Teefy, the previous poster.
What a small world!