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Walsh Resigns, Schaitberger Triumphant

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A Very Strange Saga IAFF 7th district vice-president Ricky Walsh resigned from office after receiving an ultimatum from Harold Schaitberger to do so or face charges. Walsh says he has been accused of violating the IAFF Constitution and By-Laws (IAFF-CBL) and also admits doing so. He does not, however, say what his actual transgression was. […]

Schaitberger Violates IAFF Whistleblower Protection Policy

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Thousands Support VP Walsh Most affiliate leaders now know that Harold Schaitberger is a ruthless hypocrite who lives by two standards: the one he applies to himself and the one everyone else must live by. His own standard allows him to do as he pleases, squandering hundreds-of-thousands of dollars of dues money while he also […]

IAFFistan

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When a Union Fails to Act Like One The IAFF is failing its core mission to protect and advance the rights of workers and to treat its own employees fairly and with dignity. In fact, Harold Schaitberger treats staff worse than many of the anti-labor fire chiefs we are constantly fighting against. Just a few […]

IAFF Board to Talk US Prez Politics

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Meeting Set for Tuesday The IAFF executive board will meet here in Washington, DC, next week to “discuss the current dynamics of this Presidential political season, following our recent decisions and actions related to Secretary Clinton and Vice President Biden”, according to an email from Harold Schaitberger. This no doubt refers to the cluster-f**k known […]

Walking DC: Beautiful Mosque, Beautiful Day

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The Islamic Center of Washington, located at 2551 Massachusetts Ave. in Embassy Row, was completed in 1957 and dedicated by then President Dwight Eisenhower. “In his address, he praised the Islamic world’s “traditions of learning and rich culture” which have “for centuries contributed to the building of civilization.” He affirmed America’s founding principle of religious […]

Schaitberger In Defeat

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Taking the Least Worst Option In a stunning indication of waning influence and power, Harold Schaitberger, IAFF General President, has chosen Jim Lee as his next chief of staff, as suggested here, a month ago. Jim Lee’s dropping out of the 2016 race for General Secretary Treasurer  (GST) and his appointment to the staff role is […]

IAFF: The Chief of Staff Crisis

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Who’s Next? It’s been about a month since IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger fired long-time chief of staff Pete Gorman. When his first chief, Mike Crouse, retired, the imperative was to find a replacement at least as good as the departing one. Schaitberger managed to pull that off. Hiring Pete Gorman was a coup. Gorman […]

IAFF 2016: Weak or Weak-Willed?

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The Race for General Secretary-Treasurer If politics is about perception, Ed “Edzo” Kelly of Boston, Massachusetts, is either “running the table” or at least running circles around Harold Schaitberger as Kelly racks up support for next year’s race to replace Tom Miller. Schaitberger famously installed Tom Miller as GST when Vinnie Bollon stepped down; now […]

Schaitberger Cans Martynuska

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Longtime 4th District DFSR Art Martynuska has been a well regarded fixture in the IAFF’s 4th district for many years. His resume is impressive: -retired in 2010 as a fire fighter/paramedic for the City of Johnstown, PA, and as president of the Johnstown Fire Fighters Union, a position he held for 14 years. -elected to […]

Schaitberger Corruption: The Family and Friends Discount (1)

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Quacks Like A Duck? The recent New York Times article on Harold Schaitberger included a laundry list of improper activities of substantial breadth: – Lavish over-spending –  Usurping all power –  Operating with little over-sight or checks –  Pretension to a royal lifestyle –  Flagrant self-importance –  Advancing his own causes –  Isolating or undermining […]

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