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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 […]

MDA Scandal: USFA and IAFC Missing In Action

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On the Public Dime Resolution 33, which failed at the recent IAFF convention, spelled out in great detail the amount that was received in 2015 alone, from MDA, and how the IAFF either did, or did not, account for it. Long story short, the IAFF received $1,400,000, provided a bogus expense accounting for about $700,000 […]

Dept. of Desperation: Kuley, Schaitberger and the Anti-Union Right

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Washington Free Beacon Ron Kuley, IAFF Local 2068 member and snuggled-up Schaitberger lapdog, is peddling an internet story lauding the IAFF for sitting out the 2016 US presidential election. Here’s what Ron quotes: “Labor watchdogs said that the firefighters’ approach was a healthier way to grant endorsements than the top-down endorsement process that alienated members […]

IAFF Corruption: Mark’s Ark

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A Toady, a Weasel and Some Swine Several people have now reported that Mark Ouellette, IAFF Eastern District Trustee, amply confirmed his membership in the Fools Hall of Fame when he went to the microphone at the recent IAFF convention and made insulting and absurd statements. Ouellette referred to Pete Gorman, his opponent in the […]

More IAFF Convention Feedback

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Cameron Abell Writes “I was also thoroughly disgusted with the Eastern Trustee’s speech that equated anyone who questions any E-Board member as “Swine.” GP, GST, and any E-board member is “Beyond Reproach.” Despite my disgust, It was a fitting way to end that convention, keep the theme consistent at least…Shady, Snide, and Steamrolled.”

IAFF/MDA: On Clowns and Justice

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Lot’s of the Former But None of the Latter Over the past several years as the corruption at the IAFF has been continuously detailed there has been a constant refrain from the other side, “Take it to convention.” As if that would make a difference when the IAFF is ruled by a dictator and his […]

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