A “Peek Behind the Curtain”
“Eric, thank you for providing this blog, and giving people the opportunity to hear another viewpoint.
Long ago I had the (mis)fortune of dealing directly with Shaitberger, my District VP, AND Pete Gorman.
Until that point, I had no idea what went on at the IAFF.
How would I ever know?
Not from the IAFF website, not from the IAFF magazine, not from the MDA publications showing Harold “standing tough” with a little kid.
As local union members, we are very isolated from what goes on at the IAFF.
We are not “well aware of his ethics and “style” of operating.”
The IAFF isn’t something that is covered in the media, we only hear what the IAFF wants us to hear (until someone like you comes along).
Unless you are one of the few that gets to deal directly with Harold and the VP’s, you will never know.
That’s how he has been able to operate like this for so long!
I never had a reason to question the integrity of the IAFF, until I had a fluke opportunity to “peek behind the curtain” and see that the Great and Powerful Oz was just an old man hiding behind a curtain.
I can’t tell you how vindicated I felt when I stumbled across your blog, and realized I wasn’t crazy.
I was ignorant all those years, not stupid, not apathetic, just ignorant.
And unless more people like you continue to pull back the curtain for all to see, things will just continue as they are.
Keep shining the light on them.”