More Revenue Than The IAFF Financial Corporation
This Labor Day Weekend when thousands of IAFF members hit the streets for MDA, little will they know that a nickel of every dollar they collect will be skimmed off and siphoned back to the coffers of the IAFF to help support the champagne lifestyle of our leadership.
A nickel on a buck may not seem like a lot until their is 26,000,000 of them.
Then, well, we’re talking real money.
More money than the IAFF receives from its own Financial Corporation.
Harold Schaitberger and the IAFF Board have turned the quest to cure and care for kids stricken with Muscular Dystrophy into a tidy and very for-profit business.
How Much, Exactly?
Well over a million dollars though no one seems to be able to say for sure.
As Ron Kuley, longtime IAFF/MDA Coordinator states, “To further answer your questions, yes the IAFF receives approximately 1M dollars in non per capita income from MDA.”
So much that it is an obvious windfall.
Of course, the idea of even taking a dime of the fill-the-boot donations is a disgrace.
Organizations deciding to support charitable efforts don’t charge the charity to do so and they certainly don’t make a substantial profit from them either.
The Schaitberger IAFF does both.
The IAFF should be funding their commitment to MDA from the heralded IAFF charitable foundation and by the provision of in-kind services for the MDA campaign.
Speaking of in-kind services, that is exactly what the IAFF expects thousands of fire departments to do across the US and Canada: provide free troops, apparatus, fuel and other supplies for an effort that the IAFF then skims profits from.
It’s hypocritical to expect that of fire departments and then make a million bucks on the other end.
The Schaitberger IAFF has absolutely “no skin in the game” but thinks everyone else should.
Would fire departments (and local governments) be so quick to jump on the MDA bandwagon if they knew that the IAFF was “taking a cut”?
In fact, given the IAFF way of doing business, why shouldn’t every fire department providing resources also take a cut to cover their supposed costs?
Could There Be Anything Worse?
How many additional children and families could be assisted with the $1,000,000+ skimmed off by the IAFF?
Taking money destined for sick children is getting close to the bottom of the barrel.
Ron Kuley, longtime IAFF Muscular Dystrophy Coordinator, said on Facebook, “I am extremely proud of the work we continue to accomplish under the leadership of GP Schaitberger.”
The IAFF is now led by a cynical board purely guided by their own self-interest and their treatment of MDA fill-the-boot is the final proof.
Equally cynical affiliate leaders will shrug their shoulders or turn the other way to avoid the very inconvenient truth that we are an officially rotten union.
When the cyclone strikes, we all had plenty of warning and decided to do nothing about it.
MDA, one of Boston Local 718’s finest achievements, has been turned into just another Schaitberger fancy meal ticket.
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