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Trump, Bannon and Schaitberger

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Coming Home to Roost Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump’s pick for Senior White House strategist, despises the IAFF generally and Our Dear Leader, specifically. Several years ago, his Breitbart News published a scathing series detailing Schaitberger’s choice to lead the IAFF’s Pension Operation, saying, in part, “Fire fighters’ union General President Harold Schaitberger flaunted his power […]

IslaFire: IAFF Legislative Conference Imagined

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IslaFire wrote: “Leg Con should be REAL interesting next year. I would love to see the Board emails being bandied back and forth. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of oh shits, what do we do now? “Down Ballot”, They Cried It’s doubtful that there are many emails being bandied.  Historically the IAFF board keeps […]

Schaitberger IAFF: What’s the Plan?

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The Deal with Trump Since Harold Schaitberger and the IAFF executive board sat out the election and helped to ensure an anti-union US president as a result, it is time for them to tell the members what the plan is for the next four years. Or, do they even have one? Perhaps their plan is […]

Schaitberger’s IAFF: Crashing

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The Future Betrayed The IAFF Executive Board’s cowardly decision to sit out the 2016 US presidential election is a big win for that group of ancient white men but a big loser for everyone else. Way back in October 2015, 11th district vice president Sandy McGhee summed it up when he said, “Secretary Clinton doesn’t […]

IAFF: Mission Impossible

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A Million Little Pieces IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, by failing to either stand up to Donald Trump or defend his own members, has severely weakened the IAFF. For an international union to be on the wrong side of a presidential election is always problematic. Schaitberger has taken that problem to a whole new level. […]

Schaitberger: Unfit to Lead

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A Coward at the Top It’s now clear that this is a crucial moment in both American and union history. Donald Trump, a candidate for president, spews hate and venom and despises working Americans. He brags about his love for right-to-work as he rips off small business owners. Perhaps his most serious transgression is to […]

IAFF: Marvin Wilson Responds

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“OK Eric, enough is enough. You are not changing anyone’s mind here. If you are that dis-satisfied, get the hell out and shut up. You are doing more damage than any one else has in my 47.6 year membership in this UNION. SIT DOWN, SHUT UP AND QUIT RUINING MY UNION!!!” Marvin Wilson Dear Marvin: […]

IAFF: “I Did Try and F**k Her”

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A Defining Moment Any member who has been around for awhile knows that Harold Schaitberger made his name as “Mr. Political.” Originally,  it was exterior politics and he was heavily involved on the Hill in Washington, D.C. His mantra for political action was “Get in early or make a difference.” Schaitberger’s legacy, corruption aside, is […]

Golden (Gate) Shower

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Humiliation, San Francisco Style SFGate reports this week that some firefighters at the city’s Chinatown station, “waged a six-month campaign of harassment against a female co-worker, urinating in her bed and taunting her with verbal abuse, officials said Tuesday.” Longtime fire chief Joanne Hayes-White wrote in a letter, “egregious harassing and retaliatory behavior by firefighters at Station […]

48/96: Self-Inflicted Irrelevance

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So Much for Mission Critical Statter 9/11 highlighted a California newspaper editorial this weekend outing the apparent ridiculousness of firefighters having a regular duty shift of 48 hours followed by 96 hours off. The writer, Diana Diamond, seems no friend of firefighters, but that hardly matters when she’s right. 48/96 is the unassailable triumph of […]

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