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IAFF Ethics: ODL Trashes the Rules

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ODL in Wunderland Many will know that IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, Our Dear Leader, a.k.a. ODL, engaged in a conflict of interest surrounding his cozy real estate deals with Jim Franzoni of S.F.& C. Insurance, who heads up the Nationwide and Liberty Mutual dealings with the IAFF. The accepted definition of conflict of interest […]

IAFF Ethics: Harold, Ed and the Silent Picket Line

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When ODL Looks the Other Way A previous post here discussed the IAFF Executive Board fourth district race and how General President Schaitberger, a.k.a., Our Dear Leader (ODL) was perhaps laying the groundwork for a surprise pre-convention election.  In that scenario, Bill Taylor would step down early, allowing for a snail mail election with rules […]

Leadership: A Cracker and Some Fruit Loops

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A Fire Chief, Social Media and Gender Identity Last week Statter911.com reported that Charlotte, North Carolina, deputy fire chief Jeff Dulin was in the hot seat for a posting from his personal Facebook page. The image appears to show the famed athlete Bruce Jenner on the iconic cereal box as Olympic champion and then again […]

IAFF Ethics and the IAFF-FC: A Member Writes…

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Dear Secretary-Treasurer Miller, As a retired member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 2068, Fairfax County, VA, I respectfully request a full financial disclosure statement concerning the IAFF-Financial Corporation. Although I am constantly receiving mass mailings advertisements from IAFF-FC for a variety of products, I have no understanding of the relationship between the […]

IAFF Ethics: Joined at the (Osso Buco) Hip

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IAFF-FC,  S. F. & C. Insurance Associates, Inc. & Liberty Mutual The IAFF board is having their “winter get-away” in Bal Harbor, Florida, during the next week or so. It is usually preceded by the board meeting of the IAFF Financial Corporation, IAFF-FC for short. IAFF-FC is essentially a shell (shill?) to sell Nationwide and Liberty […]

IAFF: He’s At It Again

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Play Time Anyone who really knows International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) president Harold Schaitberger will tell you that he is manically obsessed with politics. No union election is too small or seemingly irrelevant for him to stick his nose into. This is especially so when he is bored and he is VERY bored. After 14 […]

Sex and the City (Of Brotherly Love)

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Some Power Play? Philly.com reports that, “A Philadelphia paramedic has alleged that about a dozen fellow Fire Department employees pressured her into sex – including a supervisor and two Fire Academy instructors – over a four-year period, according to a source with knowledge of the woman’s account.” Indeed, one of the assignations is said to […]

Australian Firefighters Score Major Victory

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United Firefighters Union (UFUA) Over Country Fire Authority (CFA) The Federal Court in Australia recently  overturned an earlier lower court decision governing staffing in the Country Fire Authority which is responsible for emergency response across the state of Victoria excluding areas covered by the Melbourne Fire Brigade. CFA is roughly comparable to California’s CAL FIRE […]

“Fairy” Tale Atlanta: Kelvin and the Beasts

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According to media, Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, a former US Fire Administrator, has been terminated for lack of judgment in publishing and disseminating a book which compares homosexuality to bestiality and pederasty and for giving it to employees, some of whom complained. Cochran and others, including the Georgia Baptist Convention, charge that his religious […]

Vic, AU: CFA Cuts, UFUA Howls

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“…job cuts are ill-conceived and stupid” Victoria, Australia’s Country Fire Authority (CFA), the state agency providing fire service outside Melbourne, Geelong, and other cities is cutting 164 positions on the brink of the 2014 fire season. The United Firefighters Union of Australia (UFUA) Victoria Branch is taking strong exception to the cuts. Peter Marshall, UFUA […]

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