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Does It Really Matter Department

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Will That Be One Shot or Two? When I was growing up, firearms were commonplace. Hunting was a routine activity. The woods were close enough, out the back door, and after school afternoons could include a foray sometimes for groundhog, often for squirrel or rabbit and when the season was right, deer. Squirrel or rabbit […]

Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”

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$2.5 Million Lawsuit The facts are basically these: Guy’s on the job for 10 years, first day on a temporary assignment,  in the locker room looking for a locker. He asserts that a co-worker said, “Hey, Sugar” and then two co-workers “grabbed him from behind, simulating sexual intercourse while one fondled him.” He choked one of […]

Ethics: Reg Wants to Know

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IAFF as ATM Reg Verner, of IAFF Local 3591, pegged me yesterday as a faker because I didn’t call an ethics foul while I worked at the IAFF. Actually, he’s not the only one to do it, there have been others, including guys from my own local. As they have no substantive response to all […]

Ethics: IAFF’s Schaitberger Under DOL Scrutiny

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2010 Reporting at Issue IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has attracted the attention of the United States Department of Labor (USDOL)  regarding his handling of financial disclosure requirements. According to USDOL, they ” require public disclosure of certain financial transactions and financial interests of labor organization officers and employees and their spouses and minor children. […]

Anti-Racism, Deconstructed

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Story of the Grateful Negro Who doesn’t like the age old narrative where good triumphs over evil? It reminds us of how the world should be and eases the daily injustices we all have to face. In that vein there’s a You Tube Video making the global rounds called “Stop Racism”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxJgZwtJHg8 On first glance […]

Ethics: Just the Way You Are

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With Apologies to Billy Joel Keith Kemery of the IAFF’s first district wrote regarding yesterday’s “Squeaker” post: “…While my Local’s votes were not in favor of the pay increase, we fully support Mr. William Romaka as our 1st District Vice President and thank him for his work on behalf of our Local and all members […]

IAFF Ethics: Squeaker

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A Leadership Referendum The recent and rather predictable IAFF convention was considerably enlivened by General President Schaitberger’s narrowly successful attempt to line his Board’s pockets. He presented a resolution calling for a 60% pay increase over three years for the 16 district vice presidents (VPs) that barely passed. A swing of less than 1,100 votes […]

Life Online: The Breana Effect

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The “Clutch” I have taken to noticing lately how many people, most actually, walk around clutching their “smartphone” (SP) in one hand. It has become so essential to the pulse of life that it cannot be stowed, even for a moment. People will place an infant child in a backpack or carrier but the SP […]

Ethics: More From Dave Foreman

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Long-Time IAFF Illinois Leader Dave Foreman has been a part of the IAFF for decades. He served as president of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois for many years before becoming the Fire Marshal of the State. The comments are in reference to Darren Bates. From Foreman: I do not know anything about this case […]

IAFF Ethics: Who Knew?

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Thanks I have had some great emails today from folks I know and some I don’t know expressing support and thanks. I’m not sure I have adequately said thanks to each of them for their support, past, present and in the future. I’ll try again, here.   Thank  you all for writing, it certainly means […]

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David Barbour
Labor Rights Are Human Rights
Thanks for reminding us that Labor Day is about more than going to Walmart, which we shouldn't do anyway. David B.
2014-09-01 14:53:29
Eric Lamar
Does It Really Matter Department
J- Thanks very much for writing. You, of course, are the REAL voice of experience. Eric
2014-08-29 23:24:46
John Davids
Does It Really Matter Department
Eric, I am a Second Ammendment guy. But I am very disappointed with some on my side, we are fighting for a way of life, the life that you so eloquently described. I have used UZI's in my government employment, and a grown law enforcement agent cannot control this weapon's rise on fully auto. We…
2014-08-29 22:53:12
James Walsh
Ethics: Reg Wants to Know
As I sit here and read the various issues surrounding our International I find it interesting the various positions my union brothers and sisters take based on competing influences. Whether it's the issue of ethics or the vote on the conference floor, I would hope our brothers and sisters across the International would want the…
2014-08-27 17:40:54
Mike
Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”
How and why are you comparing this to slavery? You do a disservice to every hard-working firefighter in FDNY, both white and especially black. It sounds like typical locker room crap. You think they did that because he's black? I'll bet they would have done it to the covering guy regardless of his color. Try…
2014-08-26 02:37:53
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