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Schaitberger’s IAFF: Crashing

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The Future Betrayed The IAFF Executive Board’s cowardly decision to sit out the 2016 US presidential election is a big win for that group of ancient white men but a big loser for everyone else. Way back in October 2015, 11th district vice president Sandy McGhee summed it up when he said, “Secretary Clinton doesn’t […]

IAFF: Mission Impossible

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A Million Little Pieces IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, by failing to either stand up to Donald Trump or defend his own members, has severely weakened the IAFF. For an international union to be on the wrong side of a presidential election is always problematic. Schaitberger has taken that problem to a whole new level. […]

Schaitberger: Unfit to Lead

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A Coward at the Top It’s now clear that this is a crucial moment in both American and union history. Donald Trump, a candidate for president, spews hate and venom and despises working Americans. He brags about his love for right-to-work as he rips off small business owners. Perhaps his most serious transgression is to […]

IAFF: Marvin Wilson Responds

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“OK Eric, enough is enough. You are not changing anyone’s mind here. If you are that dis-satisfied, get the hell out and shut up. You are doing more damage than any one else has in my 47.6 year membership in this UNION. SIT DOWN, SHUT UP AND QUIT RUINING MY UNION!!!” Marvin Wilson Dear Marvin: […]

IAFF: “I Did Try and F**k Her”

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A Defining Moment Any member who has been around for awhile knows that Harold Schaitberger made his name as “Mr. Political.” Originally,  it was exterior politics and he was heavily involved on the Hill in Washington, D.C. His mantra for political action was “Get in early or make a difference.” Schaitberger’s legacy, corruption aside, is […]

Battle Creek on Strike!

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Go, Chief Haggard, Go If you are traveling on I-24 through Marion County, Tennessee, and your vehicle catches fire you better have a fire extinguisher because the local fire department, led by Fire Chief Eddie Haggard won’t have your back. And that includes a bus full of U.S. Marines who found out the hard way […]

Golden (Gate) Shower

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Humiliation, San Francisco Style SFGate reports this week that some firefighters at the city’s Chinatown station, “waged a six-month campaign of harassment against a female co-worker, urinating in her bed and taunting her with verbal abuse, officials said Tuesday.” Longtime fire chief Joanne Hayes-White wrote in a letter, “egregious harassing and retaliatory behavior by firefighters at Station […]

48/96: Self-Inflicted Irrelevance

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So Much for Mission Critical Statter 9/11 highlighted a California newspaper editorial this weekend outing the apparent ridiculousness of firefighters having a regular duty shift of 48 hours followed by 96 hours off. The writer, Diana Diamond, seems no friend of firefighters, but that hardly matters when she’s right. 48/96 is the unassailable triumph of […]

Race: Born in the USA

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Pence, Trump-the-Birther and the Fault Line of Race Donald Trump has both energized and fueled the “discussion” of whether President Obama was born here. Ashley Parker and Steve Eder have explained Trump’s motivation for doing so:  “Mr. Trump recognized an opportunity to connect with the electorate over an issue many considered taboo: the discomfort, in […]

Labor and a Day: The Ludlow Massacre

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What It Took to Get Here Though it has become a cliche, all of the attributes of working families are derived from the Labor Movement. -Child Labor Laws -Eight hour day/five day week -Overtime -Safety and health reforms -Holiday pay -Vacation time -Pensions -Health care Working families would be but a hollow shell were it […]

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