Tell Me More
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
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.
Take the IAFF Back
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