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Death of the Fire Service?

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This past week Fred S. McChesney, law and economics professor, wrote in the Washington Post that decreasing fires made most paid municipal fire departments unnecessary and that volunteers were the answer. McChesney said, “There are half as many fires as there were 30 years ago, but about 50 percent more people are paid to fight them.” If […]

IAFF and Labor Day: Is Our Future More Corruption?

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Saving the IAFF 2018 is just around the corner and sooner than we think the IAFF will be 100 years old. Now is the time to contemplate where we are and where we want to go when we begin our second hundred years. And, Labor Day, when we celebrate the accomplishments of our united efforts, […]

Schaitberger MDA Shakedown: “Unprecedented”

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A Double-Take I have been astonished at some of the statements in support of the IAFF  bilking the Muscular Dystrophy Association out of millions of dollars meant for the care and treatment of sick children. So much so that I arranged to meet with a former philanthropy professional who has served on a number of […]

IAFF Corruption: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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Bull’s Eye  Narcissistic Personality Disorder In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following  symptoms: Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements) Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, […]

IAFF-MDA: To Fund a Narcissist

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Reaping What We Sow IAFF-MDA began in Boston with Local 718 in 1952 when they instituted a community-wide fundraising effort. It started with a selfless appeal to help a single family and evolved into a North American effort involving tens of thousands of IAFF members. That original selfless act has turned into a for-profit entity […]

IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids

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More Revenue Than The IAFF Financial Corporation This Labor Day Weekend when thousands of IAFF members hit the streets for MDA, little will they know that a nickel of every dollar they collect will be skimmed off and siphoned back to the coffers of the IAFF to help support the champagne lifestyle of our leadership. […]

IAFF Corruption: That Ole’ Grey Goose

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Let’s Hope It Was At Least The Grand-Daddy Size Mr. Schaitberger’s distinct preference for Grey Goose Vodka is legendary. Less well known is how much of your money he would pay to have a bottle of it delivered to his hotel suite. The vast majority of folks staying in a hotel who want a drink […]

IAFF Corruption: $795.30

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Living the High-Life, On Us I’ve never spent $795 in a restaurant in my life. Even when I treat friends and family I can’t remember it costing more than $400. I guess it’s the restaurants we go to and what we choose to eat (and drink.) I don’t think I’m any different than other firefighters […]

IAFF Corruption: “Catch the Rat”

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Gangsta’ GP East to West and North to South, Harold Schaitberger, longtime General President (GP) of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), a nearly 100-year-old trade union, is travelling about (first-class, no doubt) telling all who will listen, and some who would rather not, that he is out to “catch the rat.” Is that […]

IAFF Ethics: Edzo, The Movie

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And, ACTION Scene one takes us through the meteoric and apparently pre-ordained ascension of “Edzo” from embryo to the Jupiter of Jakes. He is fairly begotten, not made; a super-hero descended into our midst. In the telling he smotes both fire and city hall even giving birth to Martin Walsh, current mayor of Boston. Scene […]

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