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...
Follow the Money
26. June 2012
The Public Campaign Action Fund, a Washington, DC based non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving America's campaign finance laws developed this Pinterest board of the richest billionaires contributing to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The board features 33 billionair...
One City’s Swipe at Unions
25. June 2012
We’ve seen all types of union busting tactics over the past two years, but North Las Vegas ranks high on the shenanigans. City officials there are declaring a state of emergency to avoid honoring the collective bargaining agreements and paying public workers the salaries they deserve. The Cit...
Dell drops ALEC
22. June 2012
Dell, the third largest PC maker in the world, has announced it will not renew its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Dell follows the lead of 19 other corporations to drop ALEC since this spring. The other companies include: Wal-Mart, Amazon.com Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kra...
Six Ways to Keep Active Retired Members Engaged
21. June 2012
Guest Blog Written by Joe Bertoni. The role that our retired brothers and sisters should play in their local’s affairs has no doubt been debated by many locals in our International union and, unfortunately, may at times be a source of friction within a local. But it doesn’t have to b...
Senate's "Dr. No" seeking repeal of PSOB program
20. June 2012
A U.S. Senator is trying to repeal the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program (PSOB), which provides assistance to the families of fire fighters killed in the line of duty. As unbelievable as it seems, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is claiming that the program, which has been on the books for ov...
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