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Resolution 10: Charlotte 660 Votes “Aye”

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From Tom Brewer, IAFF Local 660 President   I am the president of Local 660 in Charlotte, NC. At our July Business Meeting the membership of our local voted unanimously to support Resolution 10. If it takes a floor fight to get this resolution we will stand with those who stand for what is right. […]

Quest For Equality: U.S. @ 238

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 That All Men are Created Equal Of course, they meant white men with property and as for women, well, not a word. Black Americans, free and slave, fought for both America and Britain, hedging their bets on an outcome that could include freedom for some and citizenship rights for all. But blacks lost the bet […]

IAFF History: Tom Spellacy

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Facebook Debates If my local is any indicator the two hot topics of discussion these days are Resolution 10 on ethics and the vice president’s very hefty pay raise. The comments are fast and furious. The other night a fellow said, in part, “I don’t care what size house the boss lives in, I’m thankful […]

Ethics: Release the Secret Report

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Something to Hide? Many will know that a special committee of the IAFF executive board met recently in closed session along with an ethics attorney to review some of General President Harold Schaitberger’s ethical conflicts. The special committee apparently developed a written report that was then discussed by the full executive board also in a […]

IAFF For Sale: Lion Apparel

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Lion Apparel and the IAFF’s Nicholas Del Re Three months ago I wrote of the IAFF’s fatal mistake of engaging in a financial relationship with health and safety product manufacturers. Harold Schaitberger’s decision to take their money for advertising, including from Lion Apparel,  was not only proof of his manic deal making, it also destroyed […]

IAFF Ethics: Some Lions Roar

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The Cover-up Continues, But With a Twist The IAFF executive board met a few weeks ago here in Washington, DC. The Sunday evening they arrived, a “special committee” met in closed session with Larry Gold, an outside ethics attorney retained to probe General President Harold Schaitberger’s conflict-of-interest deals. Alas, it was a thinly veiled cover-up […]

IAFF: What Would a Real Board Do?

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A wicket, of course, is the imprecise term for a wet cricket pitch resulting in unpredictable bounces and chaotic maneuvers. Our pitch, the IAFF, may be more slick than wet though the results, a series of bad plays, is just the same. There are at least two strategies available to solve the “slick pitch” problem. […]

IAFF & Ethics: Resolution Time

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Setting Our Union on an Ethical Course Perhaps we are catching a lucky break as the IAFF Convention begins in slightly more than two months. Once upon a time the delegates of the IAFF Convention charted the future of the IAFF by passing meaningful resolutions directing the officers and board to act on our behalf […]

IAFF: The Story of a House

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Mixing Business With Pleasure? Mr. James Franzoni, a principal at SF&C Insurance Associates, Inc., purchased a house at 5021 Brooks Road in Woolford, MD, in June of 2001. Less than three years later, in January 2004, the property appears to have been transferred to a limited liability corporation, Windmill Place LLC for a price of […]

IAFF’s Teefy Talks Union Ethics

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Your Table is Ready, Sir I recently wrote how the IAFF under Harold Schaitbergers leadership has been diminished yet again, this time by placing firefighter safety related advertising in our publications. John Teefy replied with a robust and lengthy defense of how whoring out safety advocacy is actually a good (and noble) thing. Teefy makes […]

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Eric Lamar

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