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Welcome Back to 2011!

Our political opponents are ramping up their attacks against us. And we won’t let them get away with trying to take away the rights we earned and fought hard to win. Politico, a Capitol Hill publication in Washington, D.C., provides a summary of state battles and misbehaving elected officials... [More]

Valentine's Day Union Style

Celebrate Valentine’s Day union style by buying these special union treats this holiday. Try these union-made goodies: Russell Stover Ghirardelli See’s Candy Hershey    Want to drink a bottle of bubbly? Try these brands: J. Roget Jacques Bonet Cook’s Tott&rsquo... [More]

What to Expect in Statehouses This Season

As state legislators reconvene for the year, fire fighters can expect more anti-union legislation. Our political opponents are determined to enact policies that curb the power of labor unions.  In at least nine states, Right to Work bills are expected to be introduced in Wisconsin, New Mexico... [More]

The Brave New Dangerous ALEC Frontier

Sometimes it is the little things that can catch you off guard. The IAFF does not want its members to be blindsided by the American Legislative Exchange Council’s new strategy to attack the rights of workers. ALEC, a politically ultra-conservative non-profit, which thrives on operating in th... [More]

Right to Work Pushed in Wisconsin

Three years ago, Wisconsin public sector workers were stripped of their rights to bargain collectively in the state. Now that controversial Governor Scott Walker has been elected for a second term, our political foes will stop at nothing to destroy workers by pushing Right to Work legislation in th... [More]

Scott Walker for President in 2016? Oh No!!

Scott Walker, the guy who took collective bargaining rights away from most public workers in Wisconsin, is being discussed as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. Walker who was just recently re-elected as governor of Wisconsin said he is seriously considering launching a presidential bid. He... [More]

Stay Safe This Thanksgiving With These Tips

As Thanksgiving is a few days away, make sure everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday. These IAFF tips will help keep your community safe this holiday season. It can get chaotic with preparation for meals and visitors stopping in, so pay careful attention when you are cooking in the kitchen. The g... [More]

This Turkey Season Make Sure You Go Union

Thanksgiving is around the corner and most of our families will be shopping for tasty treats and other products. While you are shopping this holiday season, you can support union- and American-made products. When you buy it union or made in the USA, you help strengthen our economy and support union ... [More]

ALEC loses another one

German software company SAP has ended its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). SAP follows in the footsteps of other technology giants, such as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Yelp, who have all ended their affiliation with ALEC this year. SAP says its departure i... [More]

Strengthen Your Skills as a Union Leader at ALTS

Strengthen your skills as a union leader by signing up for one of the 100 workshops at the Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit. In January, IAFF affiliate leaders will gather in Anaheim, California, to discuss issues that affect their members. Themed, “Building on Our Past ... [More]

ALEC Under Scrutiny, But Still a Force

Prominent businesses maybe leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in droves, but that doesn’t mean the organization isn’t losing its influence. ALEC maybe under more public scrutiny than ever before for pushing harmful legislation across statehouses, but it hasn’... [More]

Masters of Your Public Image

Is your local looking to perform a public image makeover or looking for ways to establish a better relationship with the press? We hope these tips will help your local get its message out. When dealing with members of the media, it is important to remember what the public associates with the fire ... [More]

Google Leaves ALEC

After coming under fire for its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Google announced this week it has ended its membership with the organization. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said its membership with ALEC “was some sort of mistake.” Google funded ALEC as some... [More]

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