Fire Fighter Ranks as Second Most Stressful Job of 2012
5. September 2012
CareerCast, an Internet job board, ranks fire-fighting as the second most stressful job of 2012. The study says “fire fighters put their lives on the line to save others. The high degree of danger mixed with life and death decisions makes this our number two most stressful job.”CareerCa...
Romney opposes collective bargaining rights for public workers
4. September 2012
During his tenure as Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney proved he does not support fire fighters and paramedics, promoting policies that resulted in budget cuts to fire departments and raising fees. The Republican candidate for president is not a fan of public sector unions, saying at one point du...
What is the biggest threat facing your local today?
30. August 2012
Over the past two years, IAFF members have fought to make sure they have a voice at the negotiating table by protecting their collective bargaining rights. They’ve fought for their pensions. And they’ve managed to keep the playing field even by turning back legislation that would limit t...
What you should know about the West Nile Virus
29. August 2012
2012 West Nile Virus Update Thus far in 2012 (as of August 21), 47 states have reported West Nile virus (WNV) infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 1118 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 41 deaths, have been reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prev...
Massachusetts fire fighters and the Romney they know....
27. August 2012
As tropical storm Isaac has delayed the start of the Republican National Convention, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM) has produced a fact sheet detailing Governor Mitt Romney’s public safety record in the state. During his time as governor, Romney never met with the Prof...
Tracking the Storm
24. August 2012
The path of tropical storm Issac remains unpredictable as forecasters expect for it to remain below hurricane level this weekend. The Florida Keys remains in direct target of the storm and forecasters predict Issac could reach hurricane strength by Tuesday, affecting the Tampa area. As a first res...
Show Your Strength
22. August 2012
IAFF members are on the Muscular Dystrophy Association's frontline in the battle against 40 neuromuscular diseases affecting more than one million Americans. Standing together, professional fire fighters continue the 50-plus year tradition of hope and caring. The MDA’s “Show of Strength...
NASA fire fighters struggle to keep wages and pensions
14. August 2012
This AFL-CIO blog got our attention about NASA fire fighters and paramedics working to save their pensions and wages. NASA first responders -- who protect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida -- are at odds with security giant G4S, which is demanding that fire fighters, paramedics and inspectors tak...
Cross-Country Tour of Duty Ride to Honor 9/11 Victims
10. August 2012
They live on separate continents, but one event will join them.Australian fire fighter Paul Ritchie and New York City fire fighter Liam Flaherty (pictured left) will join forces this weekend on the Tour of Duty Ride.It’s a 2,600-mile cycling journey that will begin this Sunday at the USS Midwa...
Who’s Dumping ALEC Now?
7. August 2012
Another corporation has announced it is ending its membership in the shadowy lobbying organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Amgen, a California-based pharmaceutical company is the 31st company to drop its membership. Amgen is the world’s largest independent biotechno...
Attracting Your Local Media
6. August 2012
The AFL-CIO posted a good blog recently about how to get better media coverage for your union if you live in a small town media market. Berry Craig, recording secretary of Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College...
Increasing taxes on fire fighters, while the rich get richer
2. August 2012
A new analysis by an independent think tank confirms what the IAFF has been saying for months: the tax plan advocated by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would increase taxes on fire fighters and other middle-income Americans. The study by the Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan research ...
Is the American Dream Slipping Away?
1. August 2012
When Scranton, Pennsylvania Mayor Chris Doherty slashed fire fighter pay to minimum wage the public outcry was deafening. Some fire fighters qualified for food stamps while others worried how they would pay their mortgage. Some fire fighters watch their teenaged children earn more money working pa...
IAFF Member featured on Brotherhood Outdoors
31. July 2012
Eastpointe, MI Local 1561 member Scott Walsh will be featured on “Brotherhood Outdoors” this Thursday (8/2). The show will air on the Sportsman Channel at 8:00 p.m. (EST) Walsh adopted a rescued bird dog named “Houdini” who made more members of his family want to hunt. He ...
Post Convention Guide
30. July 2012
The IAFF 2012 Convention is over, and the IAFF enjoyed meeting the more than 2,000 delegates who made decisions that will help shape the direction of this great union and how it represents and protects our members. Here’s a quick guide for some of your post-Convention questions. Opening cere...
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