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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 […]

Multiple IAFF Corruption Investigations?

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Shining a Bright Light in a Very Dark Place Word is emerging this week that a major US newspaper is conducting a thorough investigation into the finances at the IAFF, among other things. While it’s widely known that Harold Schaitberger lives a life of luxury paid for by IAFF rank-and-file members, this is apparently the […]

IAFF Ethics: A One-Year Anniversary

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The Knights of Summer So, it was exactly a year ago that delegates including local, state, and provincial leaders strangled that newborn called ethics in a crushing defeat at the convention. They were led, of course, by King Harold and his knights-errant, on their crusade to pillage the IAFF. How it must feel because, “to […]

The Trumpster, Unleashed

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“Riling Up the Crazies.” John McCain knows his party pretty well. In response to Donald Trump’s Mexican trash talk, the Times reports that McCain said, “Trump is riling up the crazies.” Yesterday, at a Republican political forum, Trump replied: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people […]

60 Seconds to Save the IAFF

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Stop the Corruption A number of people have asked what they can do to reverse the rot at the IAFF. It’s easy, simple and fast. Send some version of the sentence below, even a cut and paste, to the address just beneath it. I am a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and […]

IAFF Ethics: Schaitberger Found at Fault

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Federal Department of Labor Finding Many will know that IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger engaged in a blatant conflict of interest surrounding his cozy real estate deals with Jim Franzoni of S.F.& C. Insurance, who heads up the Nationwide and Liberty Mutual dealings with the IAFF. Schaitberger purchased an $800,000 waterfront home from Franzoni and […]

Farewell to Dave McCormack

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A Renaissance Man Dave McCormack was, in no particular order, a Navy veteran, a very seasoned FDNY fire fighter and fire officer, a gifted union leader, an academic, first superintendent of the National Fire Academy, very smart, and much more. He was also my boss for several years when I went to the International Association […]

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