IAFF: “Edzo”, “The Rat” and DOL

America’s Dumbest Video

The “Edzo”

Am I the only person who has noticed that “Edzo” is just two short letters from Bozo?

Bozo was, until the appearance of “Edzo”, our most famous clown.

Bozo, like Edzo, made films, his best being Bozo’s Big Top.

But Edzo’s latest film is no clowning matter.

In it he trashes the Washington State Council of Firefighters and anyone who wants an honest and ethical IAFF.

To him, if you are against corruption, you are part of some vast conspiracy.

This video is going to have a very long life, a life that Edzo will live to regret.

Here’s why.

Edzo calls out anyone looking to the United States Department of Labor to assist with the formidable task of cleaning up the IAFF.

If you want a clean IAFF you are part of a conspiracy.

He then invokes the term “rat” as a reference to someone exercising even modest ethics and independence.

That reference and the video will follow Edzo wherever he goes.

Think about it.

The general secretary-treasurer of an international union making it clear that anyone who supports ethical unionism is a “rat.”

That admission automatically puts him on the radar screen at U.S. Justice and DOL.

Moreover, any attorney will use that video as rock-solid proof that he is a union thug.

Was it arrogance, immaturity or ignorance?

Some of all three probably.

And Papa Schaitberger can’t be happy.

Shady Schait

Shady Schait is corrupt but hardly stupid.

He will immediately see the damage that Edzo has done to himself and the IAFF.

Of course, Shady Schait throws the “rat” word around too, but only in whispers at his $1,000 boozy dinners.

He’s far too smart to be on the record on that score.

To Edzo, I say well done.

Your arrogance and immaturity have unmasked you as the corrupt clown you are.

“The men who go first are rarely popular with those who wait for the wind to blow.”

R. V. Jones

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3 Comments

  • Alex Johnson says:

    So true Eric. Edzo is a cancer on our union.

  • IslaFire says:

    I had some high hopes for Edzo. Is there something about 1750 New York Avenue, NW that is poison?

    We have a similar problem in our Local. It seems like the Prez office may have different air than elsewhere.

    They loved him in Boston. Or maybe they didn’t. I don’t know for sure.

  • Joe blow says:

    The federal government regulates unions. They also Dole out big contracts for training, which the iaff gets every year. You think if one arm of the federal government finds corruption that will threaten the training that the iaff does? You betcha?

    So you might say that corruption in this Union threatens the safety of firefighters who will be deprived of this valuable training.

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