Stand With Ricky Walsh?

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My friend Scott Brines upbraided me over a recent post regarding candidates to succeed the ousted IAFF 7th district vice-president Ricky Walsh.

He said, in part, “Bravo to Brothers Womack and Fox for having the courage to step up and lead … both of these Mag 7 leaders have what it takes.”

So far, they have neither stood up nor led.

That’s because you can’t be a real leader if you remain silent regarding what happened to Ricky.

Here’s a question.

If your local union president was wrongfully terminated by the fire department and you wanted to succeed them, would you be silent about the injustice they had suffered?

A real leader would speak out forcefully as the firing must be addressed because it is the very root of the problem.

When Silence is Pandering

Being silent about the injustice that Ricky suffered at the hands of Schaitberger and the worthless board is nothing more than pandering to the bullies who attacked him.

In fact, the seventh district should be extremely proud of Ricky’s work and his sacrifices for ALL of the IAFF.

To fall silent in the presence of such injustice is to completely fail the test of leadership especially in the current environment.

Courage demands speaking out not just in support of Walsh but as importantly, for the ideals of honesty and transparency he stands for.

If you are afraid to do that, especially in the current climate, you do not have what it takes to be an IAFF vice-president in the 7th.

Making the Push

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Shill-in-Chief

Whoever succeeds Walsh has to be up for a difficult push if they want to come close to matching his record of integrity.

Ignoring the 800 lb. gorilla also known as the sacking of Ricky Walsh effectively tags you as the wimp and easy mark Schaitberger wants.

You’ll be his “bitch boy”, much like the fourth district’s Bill Taylor who has never represented his district.

If you won’t stand up for Ricky and the principles he fought for now, there is no way you can replace him on the board.

You’ll be nothing more than a Schaitberger shill, fattened on prime rib and bloated from too much red wine.

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7 Comments

  • Trev M says:

    No. If a local VP were using his union email to tarnish the good name and public profile of the union – there is no justification. Union emails are not “personal and private”. The president and executive board SHOULD have access to all correspondence being done in the name of the union.

    If you disagree with the democratically elected leadership, then bring it to convention.

    I appreciate all Ricky has done for this great union. But he made a big mistake.

  • Ted Ricci says:

    Unlike many of you, I have fought fire and saved lives alongside Ricky Walsh. We have had good times and bad times. We have agreed and disagreed. But I have never doubted his service or dedication to the IAFF. I consider him as a classic example of “Mr. IAFF”. I hope his replacement is as dedicated as he has been.

  • Trev McGrady says:

    If a local VP were using his union email to tarnish the name and public profile of the union – there is no justification. Union emails are not “personal and private”. The president and executive board SHOULD have access to all correspondence being done in the name of the union.

    If you disagree with the democratically elected leadership, then bring it to convention.

    I appreciate all Ricky has done for this great union. But he made a big mistake.

    • Eric Lamar says:

      First, Schaitberger ended democratic elections at the IAFF a long time ago.

      You say, “He (Walsh) made a big mistake.”

      His mistake was to stop another shady Schaitberger deal saving the IAFF a quarter of a million dollars in the process.

      Finally, if as you say, “The president and executive board SHOULD have access to all correspondence being done in the name of the union” why shouldn’t the members, too?

      After all, it is our union.

      But, that will never happen as Schaitberger wants to run a secret organization while snooping when it benefits him.

      it is just more Schaitberger hypocrisy allowed by a weak-willed board.

      The only person reading other people’s emails is Schaitberger.

  • Mike Jones says:

    I am personally getting very tired of these accusations and assertions Eric. How is one to “speak out forcefully” of the firing of Ricky Walsh if Ricky himself admitted he is in the wrong? We all agree Walsh is and has been a great labor leader. What do you think either one of these guys running for the DVP spot would gain by bashing the IAFF Executive Board that they want to get elected to? Politics is still in play for ALL of the IAFF EBoard. I just wish you wouldnt be so naive about it. A person who can get elected to the IAFF EBoard stands to do more good on the inside than by fighting the people he is potentially going to take on. You should realize that. Take care.

    • Eric Lamar says:

      You ask: “What do you think either one of these guys running for the DVP spot would gain by bashing the IAFF Executive Board that they want to get elected to?”

      I’m not asking that they “bash” anyone.

      I am suggesting that they stand up for an ethical IAFF.

      Are you so cynical (and naive) that you actually believe that Schaitberger politics are good for the IAFF and the 7th?

      “Go along/get along” politics is weak and corrupting.

      We are better than that.

  • Mike Jones says:

    Eric, your point about ethics is always a great point of discussion. Ethics of course are important. To be blunt Eric, you have very little credibility on this subject. Yes, you proved to be correct on Ricky Walsh getting asked to resign, but beyond that, I fail to see where you have gained credibility on other subjects. I think, myself and all the other members who read this blog would love to see any proof you have, and the rules that were broken. Because, I know that the majority of us want factual information in an effort to determine how we move forward in future elections and dealings with our IAFF. Thanks. I appreciate the discussion.

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