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...
20. July 2012
We are just two days away from the IAFF 51st Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! We thank our Philadelphia Local 22 for hosting this year’s Convention and for working so hard to make it memorable. The Convention will unite more than 2,000 delegates as they help decide the course of the ...
American flags will now fly on Seminole fire vehicles
17. July 2012
A flag debate in Seminole, Florida, has ended after the fire chief announced fire vehicles will be flying American flags by the end of the week. Fire Chief George Bessler told a Tampa publication that he received dozens of calls and emails from the around the country after a flag dispute went viral...
Seminole Fire Fighters Face Flag Debate
16. July 2012
Seminole, Florida fire fighters want to display the American flag on fire rescue vehicles. However, a resident(s) stands in their way, complaining about where fire fighters place flags on fire trucks. According to a Tampa Bay Times report, the dispute has been going on for several months starting ...
Proud to be a First Responder
13. July 2012
Fire Fighters are under enormous political attack across the country as their jobs and salaries are being threatened. More than 160 Detroit fire fighters were targeted for layoffs this month just days before the City was awarded a $22.5 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAF...
Scranton mayor illegally cuts fire fighter salaries to minimum wage
12. July 2012
Scranton, Pa., fire fighters are pushing back on a controversial decision by the city’s mayor to pay 400 city employees minimum wage.Mayor Chris Doherty illegally reduced the pay everyone’s pay to $7.25 an hour, ignoring a judge’s order to leave salaries alone. The mayor and Cit...
More groups flee ALEC
12. July 2012
The list of corporations leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council continues to grow. Hewlett-Packard, CVS Caremark, Deere & Co., Miller, Coors and Best Buy announced they are breaking ties with the radical organization this week. These five companies join Amazon, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, ...
Myths about Public Employee Pensions
11. July 2012
Harold A. Schaitberger
General President Schaitberger's op-ed outlining the myths about pensions appeared on the Huffington Post. There’s an oft repeated myth being fed by many that claims the defined benefit pension plans available to most public employees are going bankrupt. While a new report by the Pew Center ...
Former Warren, OH Local 204 president honored in Congress
11. July 2012
While former Warren, OH Local 204 President Marc Titus’ life was tragically cut short in June, his legacy continues to inspire others. Ohio U.S. Representative Tim Ryan honored Titus on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday, describing the fallen fire fighter as a model public...
Fire Study Shows Effects of Crew Size on Fire Fighting Operations
28. June 2012
As temperatures soared past 90 degrees over the Mid-Atlantic region Thursday, fire fighters took part in a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) safety and deployment study to determine the effects of crew size and response time in high rise structure fires. Results of a similar stud...
Do It Yourself Government
27. June 2012
Local municipalities can’t be expected to protect their communities on their own. The federal government must do its part in securing America’s borders when it comes to wildfires, floods, hurricanes and other disasters, says General President Harold Schaitberger.General President Schaitb...
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