Gorman: Ouellette MIA?

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More No Show Misspending Detailed Pete Gorman, IAFF Trustee candidate, has another installment out this week with information about a second person at the IAFF getting a regular check under dubious circumstances. This one is apparently for $24K annually and has been going on for many years. Sixteen years in fact, the same number of […]

Fairfax: When Big Boys Pout

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And The Evidence Mounts This is a story about a young woman dying while grown men complain about the bad news they have to hear. Oh, the agony. One guy said, ” I think it’s time for you to write something good…” and “All you want to do is beat us down.” Who’s got the […]

Schaitberger Shields Ouellette?

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The No-Show Consultant Yesterday, Pete Gorman, former IAFF chief of staff, disclosed that General President Harold Schaitberger was funding a no-show job from his own budget line under the label of “consultant.” Gorman also said that Mark Ouellette, IAFF Eastern District Trustee, “had full knowledge of the situation.” Standard of Proof Gorman sets forth an […]

IAFF No Show Jobs: “Ouellette Knew”

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Gorman Details Long-Running Scandal The IAFF Eastern District Trustee race between the incumbent Mark Ouellette and former IAFF chief of staff Pete Gorman is heating up with assertions of no-show jobs at the IAFF and that Ouellette, a longtime trustee, knew of them and did nothing. Gorman even gives very specific instructions for those with […]

The Mittendorff Case: IAFF Local 2068, Missing In Action

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Washington Post and Statter911 Assume Union’s Role Time was when our union could be expected to stand-up for its members; to ensure that they were treated with respect and dignity in the workplace. Those days are gone. The Fire and Rescue Department is awash in a crisis surrounding a sexualized and predatory workplace, a member […]

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 […]

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