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.
He also said he had violated his own code of honor, though again, no specifics are given.
Last Week’s Board Meeting
The IAFF board met last Wednesday here in Washington, D.C.
Sources say during the meeting Harold Schaitberger handed out a folder containing emails between Walsh and me.
Those emails apparently serve as the basis for Schaitberger’s demand that Walsh resign and it can be assumed they are also the supposed violation of theÂ IAFF-CBL.
It is crucial to understand how Harold Schaitberger came to be in possession of those emails regardless of their content.
He improperly and unethically tapped into private email communications between members and their elected officers by lying to the IAFF board about what he would be doing.
The email surveillance was accomplished by hiring private investigators with IAFF dues money.
Both the act itself and the manner in which it was paid for are both serious violations of the IAFF-CBL.
Schaitberger apparently enjoyed near unanimous board support during the meeting as Walsh was attacked for what amounts to communicating with another IAFF member about violations of the IAFF-CBL.
The whole mess is odd, ironic and bizarre.
Walsh as Leaker, Mole or Outspoken Reformer
No, no and no.
Walsh may be the mostÂ highly effective and dedicated district vice-president on the board but heÂ has never been my source for any story regarding unethical workings at the IAFF.
He may have verified a specific piece of information–but only if I asked first.
He has never contacted me with any concern or information.
His contribution to my efforts was minor, occasional and always prompted by me.
He apparently resigned when stolen emails of no significance were waved in his face by the IAFF president who violates the IAFF-CBL daily.
As proof of Walsh’s apparent indifference to IAFF “corporate” transparency, Walsh considers what he did to be both dishonorable and a constitutional violation, hardly the position of a scorched-earth reformer.
Schaitberger forced the resignation of an ambivalent and largely compliant board member for no strategically imperative reason.
It makes no sense but it is exactly what a confirmed narcissist would do: demand 101% loyalty or throw a tantrum with possibly disastrous results.
As the IAFF Board Consumes Itself
Schaitberger lied to the board, stole their emails and is now monitoring their communications.
They seem to be just fine with all that.
Seperately and together they continuously and habitually violate the IAFF-CBL and then purge a fellow board member for nothing more than talking to another IAFF member.
It is, of course, more of Schaitberger’s continuing reign of terror, though this time carried out on someone who was harmless and best left in place where he could be monitored.
If Walsh is an enemy of the Schaitberger state, Schaitberger is refusing to follow the time honored political maxim:
“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
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