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IAFF Legal: “Jewish Sounding Names”

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Fairness Pete Gorman’s legal case against Harold Schaitberger centers on the action the former chief of staff took to ensure that hiring at the IAFF was fair and non-discriminatory. In his complaint, Gorman states that Jim Lee, former chief operating officer and right hand man to then General Secretary-Treasurer Tom Miller, referred to Miller as […]

Shady Schait’s Uphill Battle

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Conspiracy? Former IAFF chief of staff Pete Gorman alleges in court documents that Harold Schaitberger, General President of the IAFF, retaliated against him “deliberately, with malice, with intent to injure, and in reckless disregard for Mr. Gorman’s rights.” Gorman also alleges that “Schaitberger began orchestrating the termination of his employment and enlisted other senior staff to […]

Shady Schait: Hot Seat?

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DC Superior Court Our Dear Leader is due in DC Superior Court the end of this month to face a charge that he retaliated against former IAFF chief of staff Peter Gorman “deliberately, with malice, with intent to injure, and in reckless disregard for Mr. Gorman’s rights.” It will be a pivotal moment, for sure. […]

2017: Schaitberger Sued?

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Happy New Year Harold Schaitberger, IAFF General President for Life, may be off to a rocky start in 2017. Word on the street is that he could be making an appearance in court, and soon, though the specifics remain hard to decipher. Hard because he hypocritically controls information that might cast a shadow on the […]

IAFF Politics: Shady Schait ‘Splains

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Windbag-in-Chief IAFF’s Harold Schaitberger waxed eloquently this week to an NBC reporter about the 2016 election. His conclusion: the Democratic Party supported minorities and college-educated whites over “blue-collar” types so we figured it was best to vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Schaitberger terms himself “blue collar”, an abuse of words if ever there […]

Pensions: Bank Holiday in Dallas

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Bully for the Mayor Don’t you just hate it when someone starts off an article by defining a word? Sorry, here goes. pen·sion (penSHÉ™n/): a regular payment made during a person’s retirement from an investment fund to which that person or their employer has contributed during their working life. They have entirely forgotten that in […]

Response Times: Canada

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IAFF vs CUPE The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is none too happy with the Ontario Professional Firefighters Association’s move to begin providing fire-based EMS first response. According to the CBC, Jeff Van Pelt, chair of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents more than 6,000 paramedics in Ontario, said, “The move […]

Pensions: A Texas Haircut

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Rookies Get the Shaft As previously reported, the pension fund for Dallas firefighters is lurching towards insolvency because of bad decisions by the trustees, but they have a fix for that. For those of us wishing to learn from their disaster, it’s crucial to note that a greedy and ethically unsupportable deferred retirement option plan […]

Pensions: Disaster in Dallas

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That Firefighter Brotherly Love? The Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund needs a $1.1 billion dollar bailout from the city in order to avoid insolvency as a result of a combination of actions all rooted in fiduciary recklessness over a 23-year period. From a guaranteed 8.5% annual interest rate on DROP accounts to pie-in-the-sky investment […]

Firefighter Pensions: 297 Millionaires

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Got a Spare $1.1 Billion? About a year ago the Dallas Morning News reported that 297 vested members in the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System had Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) accounts valued at $1,000,000 or more. One account was worth more than $3,000,000. This past week the New York Times reported that the […]

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