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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 […]

Leadership: The Day After the Day (Of Infamy)

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December 8, 1941 The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December was a rude wake-up call for Admiral Husband Kimmel and General Walter Short, the Navy and Army commanding officers there. Both had been individually and repeatedly warned of the imminent danger of war. Yet, they did little to prepare and seldom […]

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 […]

“America’s Most Alarming Story”

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The Bear Interferes The Washington Post has an opinion piece by Eric Chenoweth,  co-director of the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe, upbraiding us collectively for our failure to be appropriately outraged at Putin’s supposed meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Chenoweth suggests we should have mouths agape at “the successful effort by a hostile foreign […]

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 […]

November 22nd

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9/11 Moment Today marks 53 years since President John Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. The president had gone on a campaign trip there and was accompanied by vice-president Lyndon Johnson, a Texan who had political troubles in his home state. Kennedy got caught up in a squabble between Texas Senator Ralph Yarborough […]

Trump, Bannon and Schaitberger

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Coming Home to Roost Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump’s pick for Senior White House strategist, despises the IAFF generally and Our Dear Leader, specifically. Several years ago, his Breitbart News published a scathing series detailing Schaitberger’s choice to lead the IAFF’s Pension Operation, saying, in part, “Fire fighters’ union General President Harold Schaitberger flaunted his power […]

IslaFire: IAFF Legislative Conference Imagined

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IslaFire wrote: “Leg Con should be REAL interesting next year. I would love to see the Board emails being bandied back and forth. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of oh shits, what do we do now? “Down Ballot”, They Cried It’s doubtful that there are many emails being bandied.  Historically the IAFF board keeps […]

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