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Fire Fighter Deaths: Don’t Wait for NIOSH

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Safety in the Digital Age Fire/Rescue groups, including the International Association of Fire Fighters, helped to create the investigative arm at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) which examines “line-of-duty deaths.” (LODD) The NIOSH/LODD program has been extremely important in the effort to determine the elements related to these casualties. Any LODD […]

IAFF and Shady Schait: Trump’s Best Friend

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Old Dog, New Tricks, Not Anyone who knows Harold Schaitberger at all knows that he is, first and foremost, interested in protecting his own sweet deal. That translates into never taking any action which might disrupt or upset the many folks who have been bought off along the way. Any union member or leader with […]

Race: Hanging Tight or the Big Squeeze?

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The Miami Four According to the Miami Herald, in 2017 “a group of Miami firefighters working at historic Charles Hadley Park Fire Station 12, thought it would be funny to draw penises on framed family pictures of a co-worker who wasn’t at the station that night.” The coworker was Lieutenant Robert Webster, a black man. […]

IAFF’s Golsteyn Charged with Murder

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Charges Stem from Afghan Incident IAFF Chief of Operations Mathew Golsteyn has been charged with premeditated murder in the killing of an Afghan man in 2011 while he was deployed there. Read more about Golsteyn here. The news of the killing isn’t really news. The Times reports that the Army investigated the killing in 2013 […]

California Firefighters Force Shady Schait Off Trump Teet

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IAFF Issues Lukewarm Wildfire Statement   Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, has remained silent as Trump has dismantled middle class America, especially unions and working families. Never forget that Schaitberger caused the IAFF not to endorse in the 2016 presidential election, the sure sign of a coward obsessed with […]

IAFF FirePac: Suckered, Again

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So Much for Leading From the Front A favorite piece of American history is the vision of 56-year-old, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., hobbling Utah Beach with a cane as troops landed on D-Day. He was the oldest man in the invasion and the only general to land by sea on that day. Roosevelt was […]

IAFF: Harold’s Little Helper

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Jim Lee Set to Retire Canadian Jim Lee, IAFF Chief of Staff, is set to retire in the coming months, having served in that role for the past several years. He was previously the principal assistant to the General Secretary-Treasurer and ran for that position before bowing out at the prospect of Tidal Wave Edzo. […]

Schaitberger, Safety and Moral Obligation

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Diane Cotter Leads From Without Most IAFF members are under the impression that their union is a fierce and vigorous protector of their safety and health. Have a seat, we have some bad news. Harold Schaitberger’s IAFF long ago gave up its once premier role in protecting us. The date when that happened is certain. […]

IAFF: 163 Years and Counting

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We Know Him (Much) Better Than You Do Four current and (very) longtime IAFF members who also come from IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger’s home local, number 2068, managed to be in the same place at the same time for lunch this week. Among the four, they represent 163 years of IAFF and union membership. […]

IAFF: Stolen Valor?

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Mathew Golsteyn, Chief of Operations During my time as an IAFF member, the position now known as “chief of operations” has been populated with low-key civilians or folks with a labor background. IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer Ed Kelly changed all that. He tapped Mathew Golsteyn, a former U.S. Army Major who served with the Special Forces, […]

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