Fire Service Funding Cuts on Horizon
19. February 2013
Funding for Assistance to Firefighters Grant (FIRE Act) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs could suffer if Congress fails to avoid the automatic spending cuts set to take effect on March 1. The cuts would be implemented as across-the-board percentage redu...
Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Under Review
15. February 2013
The application period for the FY 2012 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants closed on January 18, 2013. The FP&S Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and fire fighters from fire and related hazards. The ...
Stay Vigilant Against Attacks to Labor
14. February 2013
The recent defeat of Right-to-Work legislation in New Hampshire was a big victory for workers and labor unions. But the IAFF and its affiliates must stay on guard against those who want to wipe labor unions off the map. Already, Right-to-Work legislation has cropped up this year in several states, ...
Love, Union Style
12. February 2013
Love is in the air and if you haven’t gotten your honey something special for Valentine’s Day, there’s still time to pick up a treat while supporting American-made and union-made products and services this Valentine’s Day. Try these union-made goodies:Russell StoverGhirardel...
Moving Forward With Workplace Safety
8. February 2013
As a labor union, we support causes that will improve the quality of life for all working people. The inhalation of silica particles has long been known to cause lung cancer and silicosis, a disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease. An estimated 1.7 million workers are exposed to silica dust each ...
Anti-Union forces at work during Super Bowl
6. February 2013
Opponents who want to attack the rights of workers aired this dud of an advertisement before the Super Bowl about restricting union power. The anti-card check commercial aired in the Washington, DC market. The narrator says in the 30 second spot:“Today union lobbyists are demanding that most...
Fighting Chimney Fires
5. February 2013
February is the coldest month of the year, and IAFF members may find they are battling more chimney fires as home owners try to stay warm in the freezing temperatures. Here are some tips to share with your communities on how to keep safe when using fireplaces this winter.Many times, homeowners aren...
Detroit Fire Fighters Want City Leaders to Sing New Tune
1. February 2013
Public safety continues to be at risk in Detroit as long as leaders continue to avoid finding long-term solutions to the city’s mounting problems. “Detroit fire fighters face tremendous challenges each day and keep on providing the best protection as possible. We are handicapped when ou...
18 Tips on How to Beat a Media Crisis
29. January 2013
Does your local have a crisis communication plan? Many IAFF affiliates say they don’t. An effective crisis communication plan puts you in control of what may be a volatile and confusing situation. When faced with a crisis that’s either self-inflicted or is due to external forces, it&rsq...
Nine Ways to Protect Your Home This Winter
16. January 2013
Winter has arrived and as the temperature dips below normal levels across the country, many people will strive to ensure they do whatever it takes to stay warm in their home during a frigid season. Despite not being the primary heating source, heating equipment has always been a popular ...
Stay on Guard
15. January 2013
Labor unions could face bigger battles this year as anti-union groups aggressively push policies across statehouses. One of those groups, Freedom Works, has raised more than $40 million to attack unions. Freedom Works is affiliated with Tea Party conservatives and supported Michigan Governor Rick S...
A Niche for Fire Service History Buffs
11. January 2013
Fire service history is an area of interest for many, but what some may not know is that there are hobby groups out there that focus on specific aspects. Fire Service in Philately (FSIP) is a group of active and retired fire service professionals and fire buffs who research and collect stamps and ot...
Protect Yourself from the Flu
10. January 2013
The 2012-2013 flu season is well underway and surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that flu activity across the U.S. is higher than expected. Twenty-nine states have reported high influenza-like illness activity and there is widespread geographic influenza act...
Start your New Year in Stride with ALTS
3. January 2013
IAFF members from across the United States and Canada will attend the 2013 Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) in Phoenix, Arizona later this month. This event is designed to build solidarity among brother and sister fire fighters as they explore skills to make them more e...
Right to Work… For Less
13. December 2012
The Washington Post has published two thought-provoking blogs on right-to-work following the decision by the Michigan legislature and the state’s governor to push right-to-work legislation in that state. Nelson Lichtenstein, a labor historian at the University of California-Santa Barbara, giv...
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