The Secret Billionaires Club
31. October 2013
The secret group of billionaires who tried to limit the power of labor unions in California’s Prop 32 fight last year has been unmasked. Prop 32, which would have stopped the ability of labor unions to collect political money, was resoundingly defeated by five million voters in California.No...
Ensure a Safe and Happy Halloween
30. October 2013
Many IAFF affiliates effectively use community outreach campaigns to foster relationships with city leaders, local businesses, the media, civic groups and the public - and the IAFF encourages more affiliates to use these kinds of programs to improve their public image and influence how they are perc...
ALEC targeting public pensions
29. October 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has found another way to stick it to workers: by advocating policies that would change public pensions.The St. Louis Beacon reports that changes to state pensions is high on ALEC’s list for 2014 with the group encouraging more states to consider...
PFANJ Supports Buono For Governor With Bus Tour
25. October 2013
The Professional Firefighters of New Jersey is hitting the campaign trail for gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono.Fire fighters are participating in a bus tour to help get out the vote in the Garden State. The PFANJ was one of the first labor unions and first public safety union in New Jersey to e...
Right to Work Supporters Gathering Signatures in Ohio
25. October 2013
Supporters of ‘Right to Work’ laws are gathering signatures in the Buckeye State in efforts to get it on a statewide ballot for the 2014 elections. The Columbus Dispatch reports the group Ohioans for Workplace Freedom has 200 people collecting signatures of the state’s registered ...
Buy Union Made Medicine as You Prepare for Cold and Flu Season
22. October 2013
In some parts of the United States flu activity is picking up. Most commonly the flu virus is associated with the cold, winter months of January and February and can continue as late as May. We don’t want you to wait until it is too late to stock your medicine cabinet with American and union ...
Stop Dyersburg Mayor and Fire Chief from Striking a Match to Public Safety
11. October 2013
In Dyersburg, Tennessee, the fire chief is pushing to eliminate battalion chiefs. Battalion chiefs are critical for effectively responding to and fighting fires. Members of Dyersburg Fire Fighters Association Local 2269 are concerned that eliminating battalion chiefs will jeopardize public safety. ...
Federal Death Benefits for LODDs Frozen in the Wake of the Government Shutdown
10. October 2013
If you’ve watched the news at all this week, you’ve probably noticed the government shutdown has delayed the timely payment of death benefits to families of service members lost in the line of duty. It’s a disgraceful tragedy and deserves to be remedied immediately. Yet...
Who is Really Running Your Government?
9. October 2013
Well the billionaire Koch Brothers couldn’t buy the 2012 presidential elections, so shutting down the federal government is the next best way to push their extreme policies on America.The New York Times published an expose on the seeds of the federal government shutdown and reported the effort...
What to Examine in a Commercial Kitchen Fire
4. October 2013
Commercial kitchens aren’t only places to prepare delicious food, but are also a common source for fire emergencies. An estimated 8,000 eating establishment fires occur in the United States each year, with most fires originating in the commercial kitchen area. The U.S. Fire Administration/Nat...
How the Government Shutdown Affects SAFER grants
3. October 2013
The IAFF Grants Administration department is receiving many questions relating to the Federal Government shutdown and the impact on FEMA grants, specifically the SAFER grants which keep IAFF members on the job. Those departments that have already received awards will receive the total appropri...
3. October 2013
Congress is a destructive mess. Normally, that wouldn’t be news because it’s always been fairly dysfunctional, but they have taken that to a whole new level.Those elected to the top levels of American Government have now literally said “America is closed for business," unless...
Possible Government Shut Down Will Hurt First Responders
26. September 2013
For anyone who has been watching Congress as of late, the shenanigans on Capitol Hill this week can feel like a bad case of déjà-vu. A government shutdown, a potential default; didn’t we just resolve these issues a few months ago? Congress often tends to solve problems by punti...
Child Burn Survivors Learn to Heal and Thrive With Help of Fire Fighters at the IAFF International Burn Camp
23. September 2013
Day Three Burn campers visited the White House on Wednesday and posed for group photos. They rounded out the day by taking a tour of Capitol Hill and by taking a boat ride in Anne Arundel County,MD. Fun times at camp! Day Two Old Guard Two burn campers interact...
Solar panel rooftops and fire fighters
18. September 2013
It is no secret that the solar industry is booming. Photovoltaic (PV) systems are reportedly being installed every four minutes. The number is only expected to increase with experts predicting that a system will be installed every minute and 28 seconds by 2016. In addition, the U.S. is expected to...
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