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The spending spree begins

We’ve said time and again that 2012 is a make or break year for America’s middle class. A couple of weeks ago, we shared a list of the top 50 super PACs that includes some of America’s biggest spenders who are willing to shell out big bucks supporting presidential candidates who d... [More]

Big Businesses Continue to Pull Support of ALEC

Big corporations are fleeing like flies from the right-wing corporate group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the latest backer to withdraw financial support from the organization that has helped push anti-worker legislation across the United... [More]

Taking Names

We’ve been providing updates about the treacherous reach of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which is pushing harmful bills designed to do away with unions and worker rights across the United States. Some major corporations, inlcuding Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Kraft Foods &ndash... [More]

Using Social Media to Capture Breaking News

As employers continue to crack down on what’s acceptable to post on social media sites, incidents like the one in Kentucky this weekend illustrate the value fire fighters bring to the community. March Madness took over University of Kentucky fans this past weekend when the men’s team de... [More]

The Fight Over Wisconsin Continues

The political theater continues in Wisconsin as news broke over the weekend that a federal judge struck down key parts of Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting bill. According to the ruling, the state can’t prevent public employees from collecting voluntary dues through payroll deductio... [More]

Romney’s Bad View of Unions

If you have questions about why the IAFF will work to make sure “Mitt Romney’s view of the White House is from a tourist bus” – as General President Harold Schaitberger told IAFF members attending the IAFF 2012 Legislative Conference – then Romney’s remarks on the... [More]

Updates from the 2012 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference

2012 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference website       Day Three IAFF Goes to Congress IAFF members set off to meet lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Nearly 700 members from across the country are in Washington, DC to discuss the challenges that first responders fac... [More]

2012 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference

The IAFF will welcome 600 fire fighters to its annual Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference next week in Washington, DC, the cornerstone of all our legislative efforts. It’s still early in 2012, but the IAFF has won significant legislative victories on Capitol Hill due largely to the rel... [More]

Protecting Your Social Media History from Your Employer

Yikes! This interview raised some eyebrows about companies asking applicants to give them their Facebook and Twitter passwords in order to gain more insight to their personalities. For IAFF members wondering if they could be subjected to the same thing, the answer is no. Employers can’t acce... [More]

Keeping Bed Bugs Out of the Firehouse

Written by the IAFF's Health and Safety Department Today more than ever bed bugs are evading places beyond homes and residences. These pesky creatures are creeping into city government buildings, schools, hospitals, mass transit and in retail establishments. Fire fighters and paramedics can provi... [More]

Follow the Money

2012 is a make or break year for America’s middle class. And the IAFF has tried to emphasize through our Fighting Back campaign how important it is for our members to participate in the political process. A list of the top 50 super PACs was released recently and some of the biggest spenders ... [More]

Former DC fire fighter speaks on city's rebranding efforts

A retired Washington, DC fire fighter is speaking out on the fire department’s rebranding efforts.Pat Walsh, who worked for the fire department for 26-years, sent these comments to the IAFF Frontline Blog.“While on the face of it, the current controversy over DCFD vs. FEMS, would seem to... [More]

Six tips to help you identify a hoarder fire

Compulsive hoarding behavior is a disorder that goes beyond having too many possessions stashed away in your living quarters. It’s also a public safety issue that puts homeowners and fire fighters at risk.Tempe, AZ Local 493 faced a growing public safety concern when fire fighters responded to... [More]

DC Fire Rebranding Takes New Turn

District of Columbia fire fighters continue to be unhappy with the department’s rebranding efforts. This week a fire lieutenant was placed on administrative leave for wearing the wrong logo on his jacket.  The lieutenant was at the Fire Training Academy with other members of his crew pr... [More]

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