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Mittendorff: Wrong Questions, Wrong Answers?

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Statter Seeks Transparency Last weekend Statter911 raised a number of issues with the Bowers press conference. He emphasized Bowers’ lack of knowledge about prior harassment, including police involvement, ¬†while at the same time Bowers acknowledges that Fairfax Underground is blocked from fire station computers. The blocking, an intentional act, implies on-going knowledge of a problem […]

Bowers and Niemiec: Solidarity Forever

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Joined at the Hip Within days of one another Fairfax fire chief Richard Bowers and Local 2068 president John Niemiec wrote emails to their prospective constituents, many of whom overlap as members of the department and the union. Their messages were strikingly similar both in what they say and what they do not. Bowers employs […]

Richee Says

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What’s in a Name? While it seems that John Niemiec and the Local 2068 leadership may be the core of the Bowers Boosters, all is not well in Richie Land. I sometimes struggle with how to handle comments which lack adequate identification but usually post them unless they are overtly anonymous, personal attacks against an […]

The Heart of the Matter: Predatory Sexual Behavior

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Ethics, Conflict and Sex Fairfax Fire Chief Richie Bowers is dancing on the head of a pin but the leadership of Local 2068 is there to catch him if (when) he falls. Bowers needs to keep the focus on Fairfax Underground and the individuals who made the malicious posts. Why? If he can do that […]

Mittendorff, Justice & My Union

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Time to Take a Stand The leadership of the Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics, IAFF Local 2068, needs to awake themselves from their collective ethical slumber. This is a critical time for leaders, if there are any, to make their presence known. The death of Nicole Mittendorff is a “fire bell in the […]

The Mittendorff Tragedy: Leadership and Workplace Sexualization

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“Leadership” I’m skeptical that the mantle of leader somehow confers special wisdom or ethical commitment. The implication that formal leaders can be entrusted to safeguard or inculcate ethics and morality is not born out by the facts generally nor in Fairfax, specifically. One doesn’t become a leader and discover the importance of ethics; by then […]

Of Sex and Suicide: Fairfax Couplings

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Mittendorff Found The body of Nicole Mittendoff, Fairfax firefighter, was located in Shenandoah National Park and the cause of death has been ruled a suicide by hanging. News reports suggest that anonymous postings on the site Fairfaxunderground about sexual activity may have led to her death. The postings are being characterized as an act of […]

IAFF: Gorman Garners Local 94 Endorsement

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Race for Eastern District Trustee Pete Gorman, former president of IAFF Local 854 and longtime FDNY firefighter and fire officer and current candidate for Eastern Distict Trustee today won the endorsement of the Uniform Firefighters Association of Greater New York. Local 94 is the IAFF’s largest. Gorman had previously received the endorsement of the Uniformed […]

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 […]

Pete Gorman Announces for IAFF Eastern District Trustee

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A Lion of 9/11 Longtime FDNY member and labor leader Pete Gorman is running for the position of Eastern Trustee. Gorman is past president of IAFF local 854; he helped lead his local through the tragedy of 9/11. Trustees serve in an unpaid capacity and are tasked with ensuring that member dues and other income […]

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