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Fire Code Hearings

The International Code Council will start hearings this week. Fire fighters who want to know about the building codes process can watch hearings live at this web link: http://www.iccsafe.org/webcast/Pages/default.aspx A number of code change proposals will be debated concerning our member’s ... [More]

Violence Against Fire Fighters

No longer do fire fighters and paramedics just have to be concerned with the inherent dangers of fighting fires, mitigating hazardous materials incidents, and exposures encountered during EMS responses. Now more than ever, being assaulted while serving others is a real threat. Fire fighters and Pa... [More]

Beware of this Man!

Fire fighters’ pensions are at stake, and the IAFF continues to track those who are spearheading efforts to put public employees in the poor house during their golden years. New York billionaire Dan Loeb ranks 974th on Forbes Magazine list of the world’s richest billionaires with a fort... [More]

Sick Leave Next Fight for Workers

We provided an update earlier this week about efforts in Florida to prohibit local governments from implementing laws that extend to paid sick leave. Efforts are cropping up all across the country. Legislation in Michigan was approved by committees in the state House and Senate that would ban loca... [More]

ALEC Takes Over Florida

The Florida House of Representatives seems to be taking all its legislative cues from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Not only can the debate over workers’ pensions be traced back to ALEC, but the controversial organization can also be linked to efforts to prohibit local gov... [More]

Who Is John Arnold?

As fire fighters continue to fight to protect their pensions, we wanted to let our members know who is spearheading efforts to make their retirement less secure. Houston billionaire and former Enron Corporation trader, John Arnold and his wife Laura, are backing efforts in Rhode Island to upend the... [More]

Fire Fighters and Pet Safety

Did you know that April is Pet First Aid Month? The IAFF encourages members to share these tips on how to keep animals safe in their communities.As we transition from winter to spring, heat stroke is one of the most common problems pets face. Remind people in your community to never to leave a pet i... [More]

Pumping Up the Budget by Changing Your Shifts

Elected leaders continue to grapple with shrinking budgets and are turning to public employees – including fire fighters -- for savings.Baltimore, Maryland fire unions and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are at odds over the city’s proposal to require fire fighters to work longer hours.Th... [More]

Who Started Florida’s Pension Debate?

The roots of Florida’s pension redesign can be traced back to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Florida lawmakers continue to debate over whether to close the Florida Retirement System (FRS) to new employees and move them into 401(k)-type plans. The Florida House has passed a ... [More]

Make Your Health a Priority

Fire Fighters and emergency personnel can’t afford to neglect their own health and safety. It’s National Public Health Week and a good time to remember the importance of taking care of yourselves while busy taking care of others. Good health starts at home. Fewer than 15 percent of adu... [More]

Don’t Get Fired for Social Media: Think Before You Post!

In recent months we’ve seen some stories about workers who’ve gotten into trouble because of what they have posted on social media. We always caution our members on the dos and don’ts of using Facebook and Twitter, and now we would like to offer some guidelines for using social me... [More]

ALEC Watch

Big corporations are continuing to cut ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Last week, Bristol-Myers Squibb and WellPoint announced they were ending their partnership with the controversial organization. Bristol-Myers Squibb, a pharmaceutical company, earns $17.6 billion in ann... [More]

How to Initiate an Effective Pension PR Campaign

Jordan Marks, executive director of the National Public Pension Coalition, gives some good pointers on how to develop a public relations campaign to protect public employee pensions. Marks spoke to the 700 fire fighters who attended the IAFF Legislative Conference last week in Washington, DC. He sa... [More]

Update on State Attacks

Peggy Shorey, director of state government relations and deputy director of government affairs at the AFL-CIO, says attacks on labor aren’t as vicious as they were two years ago. But make no mistake about it, the opponents of labor are still out to gut the rights of workers and their wages. S... [More]

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