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IAFF Spying and Corruption: Backdraft Writes In

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“As a 38 year IAFF member, I  have to confess that I must not have been paying attention.  As close as I am to retirement, it would be so easy to ignore this stuff. However, if we can’t operate our Union without hiring private detectives to spy on other Members, then we’ve already lost.  Where […]

IAFF in Court: Shady Schait Goes Fishing

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Forty-One Years That’s how long I have been a proud member of the IAFF, I joined in 1976 when I was nineteen-years-old and W.H. “Howie” McClennan was our International President; I met him at one of the first local union meetings I attended. I kept in touch with Howie; he would occasionally call me at […]

Ethics: The Navy and Fat Leonard

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7th Fleet Mafia The US Justice Department has charged nine more senior Navy officials in the long-running scandal where the Japan-based 7th fleet staff conducted what amounts to a continuing criminal enterprise as they illegally passed information to Leonard Francis, owner of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA). “Fat Leonard”, as he is known, used the […]

Shady Schait: Facing the Music

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First Time Ever There are a few people, Kelly Fox, Jim Lee and Kevin O’Connor among them, who were in Harold Schaitberger’s original “Inner Circle” and who recall how he dominated the IAFF in order to win the presidency in 2000. That domination has continued ever since, made much easier once he had control of […]

Corrupt Schaitberger: The $1,000,000 Question

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Gorman Cites Additional Retaliation Peter Gorman, a 34-year FDNY member, former president of local 854 during the 9/11 attacks, and Schaitberger’s chief of staff for seven years, was fired in 2015 after he raised concerns regarding hiring practices at the IAFF. In firing him, Schaitberger said, according to court documents, “That he no longer trusted […]

Religion: Washington, Hitler and Toleration

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Into the Trumposphere Just like Haley’s comet, every few decades bigotry reappears here resulting in some group suffering oppression, often violent and obscene. Jews are a perennial favorite but over time Catholics, Mormons, Italians, Irish and others have had their “turn in the barrel.” The bigotry and hate very often comes under the guise of […]

The Donald and Some Deep Throat

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“The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security “leakers” that have permeated our government for a long time. They can’t even find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S.” Trump “I’m, like, a smart person” DJT, our “so-called president” (as […]

Dear Ivanka, We Wish You Luck With That

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Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, has taken to twitter decrying the rise in anti-semitic acts across the country. “America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC” Mrs. Trump is married to Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew and has converted to Judaism […]

The Corrupt IAFF: Anders and the Wizard of Oz

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Dave Anders, Again Mr. Anders, a perennial supporter of Our Dear Leader, had this to say about Mack’s comment from yesterday: “Eric, again, the letter is not signed. If an IAFF member has criticism of the IAFF or our GP, surly [sic] he/she would not hesitate to sign their name and list their Local number. […]

The Corrupt IAFF: Mack Writes In

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A “Peek Behind the Curtain” “Eric, thank you for providing this blog, and giving people the opportunity to hear another viewpoint. Long ago I had the (mis)fortune of dealing directly with Shaitberger, my District VP, AND Pete Gorman. Until that point, I had no idea what went on at the IAFF. How would I ever […]

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