June 20, 2014 15:48
The spotlight continues to grow on the billionaire Koch Brothers and their negative influence on American democracy.
Recently, Rolling Stone published a list of ways the Koch Brothers are “sticking it” to America, and it includes trying to break unions.
Though the magazine’s headline is a bit of a misnomer describing the Koch Brothers’ efforts to break unions as new – the IAFF and fire fighters everywhere know unions and workers have been battling the extreme ideo... [More]
June 20, 2014 14:13
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The Supreme Court issued a decision recently that bolsters First Amendment protections for public employees. The case is captioned Lane v. Franks, and it was a unanimous decision.
In this case, Edward Lane, the plaintiff, testified at a criminal trial regarding an in... [More]
June 11, 2014 16:22
Written by IAFF Health and Safety Staff
The IAFF Honor Guard and Massed Pipe & Drum Band continues to grow with more than 900 members participating in the annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To maintain the solemnity of the ceremony and to ensure the quality of the band, new ground rules have been established. These ground rules also address some concerns that have arisen over the years.
As an IAFF Union Memorial, all members of the honor... [More]
June 11, 2014 11:39
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has got it wrong again.
The dreadful leader has vetoed a public safety bill that would create a brand new fire station in the historic community of Murrells Inlet Garden City (located 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach).
The land for a new fire station has been cleared and there is enough money to construct the facility. Unfortunately, the governor is misleading the public about the fire initiative. She is using “smoke and mirrors”, takin... [More]
June 3, 2014 16:07
As fire fighters battle politicians to protect their retirement plans and benefits, rich billionaires keep getting financial breaks.
The Center for Media and Democracy reports the charitable wing of billionaire David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity has spent nearly $900,000 on political ads for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s re-election campaign. It is not known if Koch himself or if a group of his wealthy donor friends made contributions for the ads, however, we do know whoever ... [More]
May 30, 2014 15:53
Scott Walker promised Wisconsinites he could spur job and economic development while campaigning for the state’s top job four years ago.
Wisconsinites were sold a bag of goods.
Walker, an enemy to workers and public sector unions everywhere, declared his administration would create 250,000 new jobs in the state during his first term. He has not kept his promise. Wisconsin ranked 37th among states for private sector growth. For the past three years, Wisconsin has lagged behind other midwe... [More]
May 29, 2014 09:34
Written by Mark McKinnon, President of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association
We’ve heard this radical political rhetoric before.
An extremist politician promises to cut public sector worker’s pay, freeze salaries and privatize public services in a misguided strategy to create more private sector jobs.
If Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is elected on June 12 he plans to take a page out of this radical playbook and leave workers less financially secure... [More]
May 28, 2014 15:08
As fire grants, both AFG and SAFER continue to be awarded each week it’s time to prepare for fiscal year 2014 application periods. FEMA is planning to release guidance for AFG in September 2014, SAFER in November 2014 and FP&S January 2015. Here are a few interesting points to consider as well as tips of the trade.
From 2001 to 2012 AFG has awarded 58,602 grants totaling $5,655,513,117.
Departments can still submit a solid, well written and justified applicat... [More]
May 28, 2014 09:21
Common household items may present dangers to home owners that they are unaware.
Items such 9-volt batteries if left improperly stored have resulted in serious fire incidents. In many households, it is common for homeowners to place batteries in a junk drawer that contain other items like keys, paper clips and loose change and other items. But then boom – disaster happens.
Homeowners store these items innocently and often times don’t know of the serious consequences. It only takes ... [More]
May 14, 2014 13:57
As I discussed in a previous blog, there have been incidents involving crude oil railroad shipments that have derailed, releasing the shipment and resulting in fires. First responders should be aware of the products being transported through their jurisdiction and be prepared for an incident.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order detailing the requirements for the transportation of Bakken crude oil by rail. This order requires railroad... [More]