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Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny

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2010 Reporting at Issue IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has attracted the attention of the United States Department of Labor (USDOL)  regarding his handling of financial disclosure requirements. According to USDOL, they ” require public disclosure of certain financial transactions and financial interests of labor organization officers and employees and their spouses and minor children. […]

Texas VP Curtis Dunn: Queers OK

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Fire Fighters Vice President Supports Same Sex Stuff I wrote yesterday about General President Schaitberger’s betrayal of Darren Bates’s fundamental union rights. In reply, Texas Association’s Curtis Dunn commented: “In all due respect Eric, are you dating Darren Bates, that seems to be the focal point of most of your post…..and hey there is nothing […]

Ethics: Just the Way You Are

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With Apologies to Billy Joel Keith Kemery of the IAFF’s first district wrote regarding yesterday’s “Squeaker” post: “…While my Local’s votes were not in favor of the pay increase, we fully support Mr. William Romaka as our 1st District Vice President and thank him for his work on behalf of our Local and all members […]

IAFF Ethics: Squeaker

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A Leadership Referendum The recent and rather predictable IAFF convention was considerably enlivened by General President Schaitberger’s narrowly successful attempt to line his Board’s pockets. He presented a resolution calling for a 60% pay increase over three years for the 16 district vice presidents (VPs) that barely passed. A swing of less than 1,100 votes […]

IAFF Ethics: Not-So Trusty Trustees

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Three Blind Mice For the first time in memory our union is having a discussion about ethics. It’s extraordinary, exciting and very healthy despite the fact that it’s a virtual discussion happening here. The Unhappy Ones The only folks who are unhappy about the dialogue are those who have something to lose from a discussion […]

Ethics: Black Daze Rides Again

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From Black Daze, an Occasional Commentator Who Seems to Know the IAFF Quite Well: Eric: [I’m] just a concerned member with concerns in common with yours. Perhaps it is just my inability to fathom the reach of this medium, but I fear we have merely scratched the surface of this deep, disturbing dilemma. In less […]

IAFF Ethics: Pay Day!

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“Uncle” Harold Takes the Nephews for Ice Cream, (On Your Dime, of Course.) Time was when you could say that the only people who got 40% pay raises were bankers and hedge fund managers. Not any more. To the list add IAFF district vice presidents, at least if  Harold Schaitberger has his way. The upcoming convention […]

IAFF Ethics: Rascals Round-Up

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The Situation So Far With the convention just around the corner I have been asked to “roll up” the elements of our ethical crisis in one place. Here’s a brief summary for each with the story link below it. I.  The Betrayal of Darren Bates General President Harold Schaitberger denied IAFF member and local officer […]

IAFF’s Vice President Taylor to Retire?

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Report From Virginia Fire Fighters President Mike Mohler: “Fourth District, be on the lookout at convention for an announcement that DVP Taylor may be stepping down for health reasons. Coinciding with this is an intensive campaign effort by my Local President, John Niemiec. Filling Bill’s position, who is a rubber stamp for President Schaitberger, would […]

IAFF Ethics: Black Daze Comment

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  Eric, Thanks for trying to engage the membership of the IAFF. Without your provocative dialogue, it would continue to be “business as usual” for Harry and the Huppets. Even still, they believe that no one will notice or question actions like tabling a motion to simply review a policy that has been shown to […]

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