IAFF as ATM
Reg Verner, of IAFF Local 3591, pegged me yesterday as a faker because I didn’t call an ethics foul while I worked at the IAFF.
Actually, he’s not the only one to do it, there have been others, including guys from my own local.
As they have no substantive response to all of the recent ethical problems they have to reach back to my time at IAFF HQ to attack me.
They choose to go there, I do not.
I have diligently tried to keep IAFF work stuff separate but I’m sharing one story because it’s kind of funny and it involves the venerable Vincent J. Bollon, (VJB) former longtime General Secretary Treasurer.
Let me say at the outset that it’s easy for folks to be on the outside and talk trash about how tough you would be if you were in the hot seat.
It’s another matter to be on the inside, strolling through a mental mine field trying to do the best you can in a very difficult environment.
Anyway, I digress.
We had been given a silly directive to list our three most significant accomplishments while at the IAFF.
About a week later I went to VJB’s office to discuss a financial matter and he cornered me in his off-hand, low-key way saying that he knew about my most important accomplishment.
I played dumb (easy for me to do) but he was having none of it.
You see, I had emailed my colleagues separately, telling them that far and away my biggest win was doing my part to get rid of a certain “consultant” who was the darling of the general president’s suite.
Someone obviously let VJB in on it and he was busting on me, as only he could do.
This “consultant” billed outlandish hours, demanded to be paid in advance for work, and then would pop round to pick up the check that same day, sometimes with in an hour or two.
It could be twenty, thirty, or forty thousand dollars, in advance.
The 411 at United Unions was that this guy was famous for sucking up to union bosses to get the cash flowing and then it was up to staff to do damage control.
I found that to be an entirely correct assessment.
He was paid millions of dollars by the IAFF.
We were an ATM, in substance if not in fact.
Do you want to know how bad it was?
I held the line as best I could but the executive board showed him the door.
That’s how bad it was.
Even they couldn’t stand it.
(Joe Conway paid dearly for leading that charge.)
Forever after Harold would scream at me with that Pink Panther/Chief Inspector Dreyfus eye saying that I was the one who drove this character “out the door.”
My badge of honor, so to speak.
Vinny and I had a good laugh that day because he knew exactly what it was like.
(Unlike you clueless magpies so eager to ring me up for being an ethical wimp. You would fold in two minutes in that place.)
Let’s be honest, when your primary accomplishment is thwarting your boss, it’s time to go.
So, I did.
Inspector Dreyfus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEcsgbwBFRs
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