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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 […]

IAFF Corruption: Our Most (un) Union-Like Leaders

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Is There a Spine in the House? The IAFF Executive Board has hired a company to spy on email and other communications of our union’s staff and (presumably) elected officials to find the “rat” as Harold Schaitberger terms it. That’s right–the spineless board will allow Harold  Schaitberger to search their own email and communications in […]

IAFF Corruption: On Motivation

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A Force for Change How many people outside the IAFF, longtime members, have spoken up about the corruption they witness in Washington? At least six and almost certainly more. While not in a position to know of everyone, those six are all seasoned leaders with decades of experience, and some are on the record. They […]

IAFF: If the Corruption Crisis Were a Working Fire

The DVPs and staff would be the engine crew and Harold would be the (not so) steadfast incident commander. You see, it’s his first real fire and the team pulled a booster line when a 2 1/2 is called for. In fact, one attack line clearly won’t do the job. Let’s hope everyone has their […]

IAFF Corruption: The Nixon Playbook

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Bring in the Plumbers IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has apparently concluded that incriminating information, perhaps in the form of documents, is leaking from the IAFF. Many will recall that President Richard Nixon, also faced with leaks, created a special White House unit called the “Plumbers” to find and plug them. If it’s good enough for […]

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