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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 […]

Race: Born in the USA

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Pence, Trump-the-Birther and the Fault Line of Race Donald Trump has both energized and fueled the “discussion” of whether President Obama was born here. Ashley Parker and Steve Eder have explained Trump’s motivation for doing so:  “Mr. Trump recognized an opportunity to connect with the electorate over an issue many considered taboo: the discomfort, in […]

MDA Scandal: USFA and IAFC Missing In Action

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On the Public Dime Resolution 33, which failed at the recent IAFF convention, spelled out in great detail the amount that was received in 2015 alone, from MDA, and how the IAFF either did, or did not, account for it. Long story short, the IAFF received $1,400,000, provided a bogus expense accounting for about $700,000 […]

Dept. of Desperation: Kuley, Schaitberger and the Anti-Union Right

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Washington Free Beacon Ron Kuley, IAFF Local 2068 member and snuggled-up Schaitberger lapdog, is peddling an internet story lauding the IAFF for sitting out the 2016 US presidential election. Here’s what Ron quotes: “Labor watchdogs said that the firefighters’ approach was a healthier way to grant endorsements than the top-down endorsement process that alienated members […]

IAFF Corruption: Mark’s Ark

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A Toady, a Weasel and Some Swine Several people have now reported that Mark Ouellette, IAFF Eastern District Trustee, amply confirmed his membership in the Fools Hall of Fame when he went to the microphone at the recent IAFF convention and made insulting and absurd statements. Ouellette referred to Pete Gorman, his opponent in the […]

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