Tag Archives: Administration & Leadership

IAFF: What Would a Real Board Do?

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A wicket, of course, is the imprecise term for a wet cricket pitch resulting in unpredictable bounces and chaotic maneuvers. Our pitch, the IAFF, may be more slick than wet though the results, a series of bad plays, is just the same. There are at least two strategies available to solve the “slick pitch” problem. […]

IAFF & Ethics: Resolution Time

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Setting Our Union on an Ethical Course Perhaps we are catching a lucky break as the IAFF Convention begins in slightly more than two months. Once upon a time the delegates of the IAFF Convention charted the future of the IAFF by passing meaningful resolutions directing the officers and board to act on our behalf […]

IAFF: The Story of a House

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Mixing Business With Pleasure? Mr. James Franzoni, a principal at SF&C Insurance Associates, Inc., purchased a house at 5021 Brooks Road in Woolford, MD, in June of 2001. Less than three years later, in January 2004, the property appears to have been transferred to a limited liability corporation, Windmill Place LLC for a price of […]

Politics: For the Love of God

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Preacher, Fox News Talking Head and putative presidential candidate Mike Huckabee took aim at government employees the other day at a New Hampshire political event. He attacked TSA employees for following screening protocols likening airport security to life in North Korea, according to the Daily Mail. For Huckabee, keeping the flying public safe is tantamount […]

IAFF’s Teefy Talks Union Ethics

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Your Table is Ready, Sir I recently wrote how the IAFF under Harold Schaitberger’s leadership has been diminished yet again, this time by placing firefighter safety related advertising in our publications. John Teefy replied with a robust and lengthy defense of how whoring out safety advocacy is actually a good (and noble) thing. Teefy makes […]

IAFF: Our Soul For Sale

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  The Death of Advocacy Is it time to ask ourselves why we even have a union? A primary reason to unionize is for  firefighters and paramedics to have safe working conditions. Safety advocacy is a crucial reason why the IAFF was formed.  It is the process of carefully watching over protective equipment developers, suppliers, […]

Taking the Hard (or Soft) Pass

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  Does It Happen More Often Than You Think? On the weekend, the Washington Post had yet another story regarding the recent death of Medric Mills after DCFD’s 15 Truck took a “pass” on turning out to help him. 15 Truck took the “hard pass” meaning they were in quarters and those in need came […]

O.K. with the Odd Queer

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St. Paddy’s in Beantown Boston’s newish Mayor Martin Walsh has committed the equivalent of farting in a Catholic church by stating that he will boycott the City’s famed St. Patrick Day’s Parade unless “gay groups are allowed to participate.” The NYT reports that John “Wacko” Hurley, a parade organizer, says “it’s final”: no gay groups.  […]

DCFD: Quander’s Squander

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  The Mills’ Death as Anti-Union Agitprop Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you have no doubt heard of the January 25th incident in Washington, DC, where an in-quarters truck company crew ignored multiple and repeated cries for help from the public after 77-year-old Cedric Mills collapsed right across from the fire station. At […]

IAFFWine.com: Flip It

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  Win/Win/Win I saw on Facebook that “For every bottle sold, 18% benefits the IAFF Charitable Foundation.”  Since you cannot apparently buy a single bottle, at least online, this is confusing. It raises the question of 18% of what amount? The $99.99 or a lesser sum? Since the price to buy wine is $99.99 for two bottles […]

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