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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... [More]

A Niche for Fire Service History Buffs

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... [More]

Protect Yourself from the Flu

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... [More]

Start your New Year in Stride with ALTS

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... [More]

Right to Work… For Less

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... [More]

SEIA leaves ALEC

Another one bites the dust! Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced this week it is leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).The organization says: “ALEC adopted a stance that intends to take us backwards. The fact is, Americans overwhelmingly support the growth ... [More]

Fighting Fire With Books

A plan that may send hundreds of Baltimore fire fighters back to school in order for them to move up the ranks sparked a good discussion on Facebook  this week.Baltimore fire officials say in order to prepare the next generation of leaders in the fire service, they need formal education in addi... [More]

Avoid carbon monoxide risks

About 50 Atlanta school children were sent to the hospital with carbon monoxide exposure Monday. The scary incident put a spotlight on how lethal carbon monoxide can be. Here are some tips forIAFF members on how to protect themselves on incident scenes. Known as the silent killer because you can&rs... [More]

Their Profits or Their Lives

In Pale Rider, Clint Eastwood plays a “Preacher” who stops outside a fictional California mining town for a spell and helps a small commune of tin panners who are being tortured by the big mining boss in the town back in the 1880s. At one point, the mining boss tries to buy off the Preac... [More]

ALEC Regroups

Big businesses continue to shy away from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Bank of America (BofA), one of the largest banks in the United States, is reportedly cutting ties to ALEC. The banking organization says it is not renewing its membership next year because of budget constrain... [More]

Fire Fighters and the “Fiscal Cliff”

Congress returned to Washington, DC this week to begin negotiating a plan to avert the so-called “Fiscal Cliff”—the package of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect on January 1.  President Obama, elected on a platform of requiring the wealthiest Am... [More]

In the Rearview Mirror

The 2012 presidential elections are now in the history books. However, the memory of the voting chaos in Florida and other states still lingers. Over the Thanksgiving weekend The Palm Beach Post published a story confirming what voters in Florida already knew -- that great efforts were made to supp... [More]

Why We Stand With Wal-Mart Workers

Do you want to support a company that doesn’t respect the rights of workers and the families they support? Do you want to shop at a store that is all about making one company and one family rich? As profit-hungry Wal-Mart plans to open its doors on Thanksgiving evening, thousands of Wal-Mart ... [More]

Prepare Yourself in Case of a Mayday

In Chicago, a mayday was called recently after a fire fighter fell through a floor while fighting a fire in a vacant building on the South Side. The fire fighter suffered a broken right arm, but is expected to be okay. Data compiled by the United States Fire Administration shows fire fighters beco... [More]

Emergency Responders and Social Media

Social media has changed how we interact with each other daily. And it’s no surprise that more people are choosing to use Twitter and Facebook in emergency situations. As Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the New Jersey shore and parts of New York – people turned to social media to sh... [More]

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