Bill Dane Writes:
I appreciate these posts that are bringing to light the problems with the leadership of our great union. It’s obvious that change is needed from the top down in order to protect the integrity of the IAFF. If the body has questions about the way this Union is being run then it’s time someone stepped up and announced their candidacy for the position of General President. Who is going to step up and challenge president Harold Schaitberger for the position?
Some say that putting the facts out there somehow damages the IAFF.
News flash: Â the IAFF is damaged and putting the facts out there is the very thing that will change it, a fact that Bill realizes.
What is currently missing is the acknowledgement by leaders at the local, state and provincial level that the IAFF has become massively corrupted and is run by a ruthless dictator who destroys anyone who challenges his greed and power.
The very instant that IAFF leaders own the problem we will turn toward making a better and stronger IAFF; till then the “dirty laundry crowd” is using that weak-willed excuse to prop up a crook and maintain the status quo.
It’s a terrible thing that Schaitberger steals from the IAFF but that is very far from the worst that he has done.
He has destroyed the lives of fellow IAFF members like Darren BatesÂ solely because of his lust for total control.
He weakened our union by using our dues money to spy on members so that he could run them out of town simply because they want an honest IAFF.
He engages in improper personal deals with cronies who benefit from the IAFF.
Dirty laundry you say?
Then it’s time to do the wash and hang it ALL out to dry.
Let’s have the courage to clean up our union together.
We will be both cheered and respected by the public and the Labor movement for having the guts to do the right thing.
Few people in the IAFF have demonstrated true integrity.
Ricky Walsh and Pete Gorman are both sterling examples of leaders who have done the right thing and both have the experience and the ethics to do the job.
Lou Paulson, Kelly Fox or Tom Hanify also come to mind as experienced leaders.
There are surely others and luckily for us they would be relatively unknown and therefore untainted by Schaitberger’s cancerous corruption.
Someone just has to decide that enough is enough and we are moving ever closer to that point.
This may be the first and last time that I use Donald Trump as an example but he proves that an outsider with a message can seize the moment.
At the IAFF, that moment is here.
Win, lose or draw, Bill Dane is right: Â we need another name on that ballot and there is still time for a leader to emerge.
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