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IAFF: “Not the Words of a Labor Leader”

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IslaFire Weighs In “The lack of an endorsement for POTUS is truly embarrassing and may forebode a difficult time when HRC is elected. The excuses I heard behind the scenes at Convention were silly and lacked substantive leadership. Our International, our State Associations, our Locals, all endorse candidates that are sometimes distasteful to the membership. […]

IAFF/MDA Deal: The Comments

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If True? I’m all about giving the benefit of the doubt but these folks who still qualify their concern by saying “If True” regarding the great IAFF/MDA rip-off are pretty amazing. Here’s why. No one, to my knowledge, has ever denied that the IAFF received $1,400,000 from MDA in 2015. Even an MDA coordinator confirmed […]

Give That Kid a Sucker

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Trump in 54 Seconds: “Get the Baby Out of Here” Forget the Ukraine, Crimea or Russia. Or whether or not he trashes women or people of color or folks with disabilities. A crying kid in Ashburn, Virginia, sums up the utter strangeness of the craziest candidate since Andrew Jackson. Trump calls attention to the crying […]

Harold and Karen (and Us)

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When $300,000 Just Isn’t Enough Many were those who shook their collective heads a few months ago when Harold Schaitberger led the effort to oust former 7th district vice-president Rick Walsh over phonied up allegations that he had subverted the IAFF Constitution and By-Laws. (IAFF-CBL) Schaitberger made it seem as if he lives and breathes […]

Best of 2015: Banner Year for Turnout

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Thank You, Readers Thanks to all of you for having a look during 2015. The stats are amazing: ¬†56,519 individual readers viewing 175,000 pages. Perhaps best of all, the percentage of new readers was 52% meaning more and more people are coming to the site. And, thanks to everyone who took the time to write […]

Survive the Holidays, Literally

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Don’t be a Mess Many fires can be attributed to some aspect of poor housekeeping. ¬†Clutter both hides (and promotes) fire hazards. Any device requiring energy or generating heat must have a clear area around it for cooling and ventilation. (portable heaters, furnaces, water heaters, appliances, electronics) Use extension cords VERY sparingly; make sure they […]

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 […]

Politics: Love the One You’re With

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Wisdom Bestride Twin Towers of Ambition

The General in a Different Light

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I toured with a group from Wisconsin yesterday and saw GW illumined by stained glass at the Cathedral.

IAFF-MDA: The Shakedown, Believe it or Not

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$1,385,000 I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that a few folks actually can’t bring themselves to believe that the IAFF Executive Board shakes down MDA for just about $1.4 million dollars each year. One commenter suggested it must be for banners, bags and buttons. Indeed. $1.4M is a lot of money. I bet IAFF leaders […]

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