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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wilkes-Barre Fire Fighter Responds

Last week I hit the Wilkes-Barre Fire Fighters hard right in the jejunum. Well, they have responded and the fire is now lit. Get out the hook and ladder, pull hose and get the juices flowing. A fan of The Gripe WBFF88 commented last week with:

When mayor was elected he asked all the city unions to help the city financially in their contracts. the fire union did (concessions = approx 3.5 million dollars over 7 years). Mayor Leighton said "By making (these) substantial concessions, the firefighters' union has agreed to become partners with the city in its revitalization plan" The Fire Fighters Union did their part and who gets cut back?
Nobody hears about that. Leighton lies and steals but the FD gets blamed.

So I asked him this:

WBFF88 - What were the exact concessions that the fire union made? I am interested because if I need to blast Leighton I will. Also, did any other unions chip in to help? And exactly what has Leighton stolen from the city?

Well, here is the response and it is an eye opener. "I believe" the Feds may need to take a long hard look at some of these things. Maybe Skrep will be getting a roommate at The Crowbar Hotel.

Hello Right to Grip (R2G), My name is WBFF88, I am a WB firefighter and I run a Blog 'WB Fire Fighters Thoughts' at http://wbff88.blogspot.com/ Please take a look.

To answer your questions:
This is the list that I like to use for Dictator Leightons screw ups;
1 Screwed up selling the Sterling hotel (costing us $325,000)
2 Bad faith moves (hiding the money from FD)
3 Back room deals (Medic 8 took over from surrounding medic units, no bid)
4 Tried to sell city property for 8 cents on the dollar to a campaign contributor (old river road bakery)
5 Lied to county officials to get tax forgiveness to a campaign contributor (old river road bakery to LAG Towing)
6 Cut our safety to fund HIS pet projects
7 The whole Ice Rink, which was supposed to revitalize W-B HOW?
8 The largely worthless camera system
9 Raised taxes and fees to an all time high.
10 Racked up MASSIVE lawsuit debts (Citywide Towing, Denise Carey + her lawyer fees, fighting the FD when it was a no win situation, Etc.)
11 Violated a contract (Citywide Towing's contract) so he could give it to a campaign contributor (that cost us $225,000) (LAG's owner)
12 Trying to sell W-B property (Tax Free) to a campaign contributor (Known for not paying his own taxes) (old river road bakery to LAG)
13 Outright lies to us (The citizens of Wilkes-Barre)
14 Blaming anyone and everyone for his failures (remember the 'I believe' campaign, "I wouldn't say I oversold it. I think maybe the media did," Mayor Leighton said. (WNEP June 10, 2005) AKA It's not my fault, it's the medias) list at http://wbff88.blogspot.com/2010/07/anyone-elses-fault-pt-2.html
15 Ignoring the Lloyds Study (which states the minimum FD manning per shift is 17) and cutting manning to 12 per shift
16 VIOLATED CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, TWICE !!! (Denise Carey & the Hammonds). That's cost us over $275,000.

As for concessions, pay part of Health care, no raises for a year, lower than raises for 7 years, loss of parity for 7 years, and more (I'm just a union member, not on the executive board).

The other unions DID NOTHING and look (yes present tense) at us like pariahs because we did help.

Thanks for your time,
AKA Don Quixote


  1. WBFF88 is an idiot who is a disgruntled firefighter because he was relocated from another firehouse and has no friends at his new location. Let me tell you this, we all don't agree with what he has to say. He is only speaking on behalf of him as a disgruntled firefighter, not firefighters. All of these accusations are comical. If you want the truth, maybe you should ask the source instead of assuming the Mayor is guilty. It is pathetic that you would even include the Mayor in the same sentence as Skrepenak.

  2. Anonymous is a coward who will not put his name behind his accusations. First My name is on my blog. I stand behind what I say. Second Almost all I have, I've gotten from public sources and I list them. Third I never misrepresented my self as a Union board member and only speak for myself. Remember I put MY NAME ON WHAT I SAY. He is just pissed because I will not publish Anonymous posts. Since I put my name on my blog I think others should as well. But he has whined multiple times about me not publishing his rants. He doesn't back up anything he claims and acts like a child.
    Dan Emplit WBFD