Ethics: Dave Foreman Speaks Out

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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. On Schaitberger’s $1,000,000 Undisclosed Deals: “Honesty and integrity have never seemed to be a priority of Harold’s at […]

Ethics: What They’re Saying

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Virginia’s President Mike Mohler: I was on the Constitution and Bylaws committee and it was one of my proudest appointments. I worked with people like Frank Montenaro who set a great example for younger leaders. When it became obvious that I am not a rubber stamp for anyone I was removed from the committee. I […]

IAFF History: Conflict of Ideals

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Patriotism is the Last Refuge of a Scoundrel -Samuel Johnson Britain’s Dr. Johnson was not just talking about America though he heaped scorn on revolutionary patriots when he also said, “How is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the drivers of negroes?” He had a point. A “splashy” display of love […]

IAFF Ethics: Not-So Trusty Trustees

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Three Blind Mice For the first time in memory our union is having a discussion about ethics. It’s extraordinary, exciting and very healthy despite the fact that it’s a virtual discussion happening here. The Unhappy Ones The only folks who are unhappy about the dialogue are those who have something to lose from a discussion […]

Over the (Double) Rainbow: WDC

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8 July 2014     With apologies to Dorothy.

Ethics: Black Daze Rides Again

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From Black Daze, an Occasional Commentator Who Seems to Know the IAFF Quite Well: Eric: [I'm] just a concerned member with concerns in common with yours. Perhaps it is just my inability to fathom the reach of this medium, but I fear we have merely scratched the surface of this deep, disturbing dilemma. In less […]

FDNY: Death as a Footnote

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Lt. Gordon Matthew Ambelas Lt. Ambelas, assigned to Ladder 119, was killed fighting  a high-rise fire in Williamsburg. His death barely makes the front page of the New York Times, effectively buried as a footnote. In the “New York/Region” section where you would surely expect greater notice it is the ninth story down under “More […]

Quest For Equality: U.S. @ 238

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 That All Men are Created Equal Of course, they meant white men with property and as for women, well, not a word. Black Americans, free and slave, fought for both America and Britain, hedging their bets on an outcome that could include freedom for some and citizenship rights for all. But blacks lost the bet […]

Firefighters, Facebook and Life Online

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In January I wrote of dozens of New York firefighters and police officers caught up in a Manhattan district attorney (DA) investigation over obtaining fraudulent disability benefits, including from 9/11. Supposedly fully disabled public safety types were outed by their Facebook photos on jet skis, etc. [ ] The plot has thickened a bit as Facebook […]

IAFF Ethics: Pay Day!

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“Uncle” Harold Takes the Nephews for Ice Cream, (On Your Dime, of Course.) Time was when you could say that the only people who got 40% pay raises were bankers and hedge fund managers. Not any more. To the list add IAFF district vice presidents, at least if  Harold Schaitberger has his way. The upcoming convention […]

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Eric Lamar

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