Archive for December2015

Merry Christmas, Board

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From: Eric Lamar <ericslamar@gmail.com> Date: Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 11:04 PM Subject: Merry Christmas To: “Romaka, Bill” <bromaka@iaff.org>, “Woolbright, Mark” <mwoolbright@iaff.org>, btaylor@iaff.org, Todd Danny <dtodd@iaff.org>, fleblanc@iaff.org, Ferguson James <jferguson@iaff.org>, jjohnson@iaff.org, Osborne Larry <losborne@iaff.org>, lwest@iaff.org, “Rahne, Ray” <rrahne@iaff.org>, McGhee Sandy <smcghee@iaff.org>, tthornberg@iaff.org, dburry@iaff.org, phufnagel@iaff.org Board- I hope you took time to read my blog today […]

IAFF Politics: 7th District 800 lb. Gorilla

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Walsh Jumped by IAFF Board Ricky Walsh was forced out as 7th district vice-president by Harold Schaitberger who lied and stole his emails in a trumped up smear campaign. Schaitberger and the rest of the board jumped Walsh in a surprise attack at a meeting two weeks ago. Well, it wasn’t a complete surprise; Schaitberger […]

IAFF: Release the “Confidential” Emails?

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Was Walsh Really Sacked Over Secret Stuff? If Schaitberger and the board say that Walsh’s expulsion was over the release of confidential emails then it’s fair for all members and especially those from the 7th district to be curious about their content. Exactly what qualifies as being so “confidential” that a duly elected and well […]

Why The Walsh Sacking Matters So Much

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The Death of Local Autonomy We have had something extremely important taken from us and most do not realize it. The IAFF as a union was created with a “bottom up” philosophy. That is, the strength and the power come from below. Individual local affiliates are supposed to have great autonomy and freedom in decision […]

Survive the Holidays, Literally

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Don’t be a Mess Many fires can be attributed to some aspect of poor housekeeping.  Clutter both hides (and promotes) fire hazards. Any device requiring energy or generating heat must have a clear area around it for cooling and ventilation. (portable heaters, furnaces, water heaters, appliances, electronics) Use extension cords VERY sparingly; make sure they […]

Stop Harold Schaitberger: The New Year’s Resolution

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It’s a Lot Easier Than You Think Schaitberger is in sole control of the IAFF. He absolutely proved it when he forced out Ricky Walsh on trumped up, bullshit charges. The vice-presidents are both complicit and impotent in his reign of terror. They went along with Schaitberger’s plan to destroy Walsh. Stop Him In His […]

Walsh Resigns, Schaitberger Triumphant

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A Very Strange Saga IAFF 7th district vice-president Ricky Walsh resigned from office after receiving an ultimatum from Harold Schaitberger to do so or face charges. Walsh says he has been accused of violating the IAFF Constitution and By-Laws (IAFF-CBL) and also admits doing so. He does not, however, say what his actual transgression was. […]

Schaitberger Violates IAFF Whistleblower Protection Policy

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Thousands Support VP Walsh Most affiliate leaders now know that Harold Schaitberger is a ruthless hypocrite who lives by two standards: the one he applies to himself and the one everyone else must live by. His own standard allows him to do as he pleases, squandering hundreds-of-thousands of dollars of dues money while he also […]

Reign of Terror: Schaitberger to Suspend VP Walsh

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Schaitberger Uses Investigators to Search Emails Last summer Harold Schaitberger, with board approval, hired private detectives for what he termed a short review of policies around document safekeeping. He lied to the executive board and employees when he subsequently allowed those investigators to begin a witch hunt by searching through private email correspondence. He created […]

IAFFistan

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When a Union Fails to Act Like One The IAFF is failing its core mission to protect and advance the rights of workers and to treat its own employees fairly and with dignity. In fact, Harold Schaitberger treats staff worse than many of the anti-labor fire chiefs we are constantly fighting against. Just a few […]

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