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Leadership: Friendly Fire

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White House Skewers Republican Graham   There is a lot not to like about Republican senator Lindsay Graham but he has sometimes emerged as a voice of reason and this is one of those times.   Yesterday Graham described the current shutdown as complicated by the White House staff having an agenda different from the […]

IAFF @ 100: How Schaitberger Sold Us Out

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Death of a Union The chief and crucial reason for labor unions is to fight or advocate on behalf of their members. It’s very simple, really. To employ collective strength to ensure that we have acceptable wages, benefits, hours and safe working conditions. Real unions remain vigilant, focused, unconflicted and unrelenting in that mission. The […]

Thank Dr. Melius

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Brunacini in a Lab Coat The diesel extraction systems protecting you from particulates? Thank Dr. Melius for that. Better and more targeted medical exams for firefighters? Thank him for that, too. Workers compensation coverage for occupational cancers? Yep. The Zadroga 9/11 Program? Ditto. And the list goes on and on. Jim died on New Year’s […]

The IAFF Lawsuit: Schaitberger Settles

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In Like a Lion But Out Like a Lamb Over a year ago, in the Fall of 2016, former New York Local 854 president and IAFF chief of staff Pete Gorman filed a lawsuit in DC court alleging that he had been wrongly terminated after raising concerns about unethical hiring practices at the IAFF. Gorman […]

IAFF: Bobby Shelton Weighs In

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He is an IAFF Instructor “Many years ago the GP got up in front of a number of instructors and stated plainly that the diversity of the IAFF instructor pool lacked diversity and did not reflect our membership. At the time there were 4 [African-American] IAFF instructors and no women. In mid 2000 3 women […]

Spies: Of Harvey and Harold

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Birds of a Feather Disgraced entertainment guru and alleged serial sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein is being outed again, this time over the revelation that he hired spies/private dicks in an effort to shut down unfavorable press about him in the New York Times and the New Yorker. According to the New Yorker, “One of the […]

Miami: Where’s the IAFF?

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Harold and Edzo, Missing in Action The disaster in Miami has become a worldwide news story; google “firefighter/noose” and see what you get. Or just go to CNN, AP or any other news outlet and there it is. Speaking of disasters, both Harold and Edzo love a good tragedy, especially if it offers an opportunity […]

Leadership: Miami Vice

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Symbolism 101 Six Miami firefighters, including two officers, have been fired and more may follow after they were charged with participating in, or consenting to acts, described as racist and sexual in nature. Reports say that a noose was left over the defaced family photos of a black officer. The photos had erect penises drawn […]

Leadership: Gold Star Madness

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Trump, Right and Wrong U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson was killed in action in Niger, one of four soldiers who died in an apparent ambush. The exact circumstances of his death remain in dispute as does the manner in which President Trump attempted to console his family including his wife Myeshia Johnson, and mother […]

Kelly, Trump & Schaitberger

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Boss as Bully Narcissist The Kelly in the headline is White House chief of staff John Kelly, not the IAFF’s Kelly, a clarification that is essential because the difference could not be greater. John Kelly is a tough and disciplined gentleman, a decorated senior Marine officer with a very long record of service. You can […]

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