“What is the consensus of the local fire department’s Union elected presidents? Do they support Leader? If this corruption is going on, why wouldn’t one of these “Presidents” step up to be heard? Especially if Leader is worse than Hitler! Just curious.”
Your’s is the million dollar question.
Local leaders obviously support leader as they not only re-elected him, he had no opposition.
Many, most probably, are well aware of his ethics and “style” of operating.
They embrace his luxury lifestyle paid for with the IAFF credit card and look the other way when he robs us of our rights and dignity as he did Darren Bates.
You probably know that the IAFF is divided up into 16 geographical districts and each of those has a vice-president who also sits on the IAFF executive board along with Schaitberger and the newly minted Secretary-Treasurer, Ed Kelly, from Boston.
Leader has bought off, intimidated, conned or bullied this so-called executive board into complete silence.
But, it’s even more amazing than that: they agreed with his plan to spend $370,000 of our dues money to spy on us.
We paid to have our own rights violated when his real reason was quite simple: he needed to stop, at all cost, any discussion of his rampant abuse of his position–financial, ethical, you name it.
About the so-called executive board, many IAFF locals take their cue regarding whom to support from this pack of cowed weasels.
Only a few local leaders are smart enough to maintain their independence regarding whom to support for top offices.
The board has sat on their hands as leader has corrupted the IAFF, spied on us, betrayed our confidentiality and robbed us of our rights and dignity.
The most recent example of their cowardice is the decision to file a counter suit against Local 854’s former president Pete Gorman when be brought to light concerns about unfair hiring practices at the IAFF.
The most amazing fact is that if a local union officer did any of the things that leader has done to us they would be recalled from office and likely face charges or worse.
Yet, leader sails blithely along leaving a weakened IAFF in his wake.
Is Leader worse than Hitler?
I would say rather that he is as good as Hitler at the destruction of his enemies by any means necessary, including public shaming, ridicule and retaliation.
Not a single person on the current board has shown the slightest capacity for leadership and they should be denied the opportunity for consideration to lead the IAFF when Leader (finally) goes.
The IAFF would be well served if the next generation of leaders emerged from the field unknown, their integrity still intact.
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