The spending spree begins
11. April 2012
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...
Big Businesses Continue to Pull Support of ALEC
10. April 2012
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...
9. April 2012
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...
Using Social Media to Capture Breaking News
2. April 2012
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...
The Fight Over Wisconsin Continues
2. April 2012
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...
Romney’s Bad View of Unions
29. March 2012
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...
Updates from the 2012 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference
26. March 2012
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...
2012 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference
23. March 2012
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...
Protecting Your Social Media History from Your Employer
20. March 2012
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...
Keeping Bed Bugs Out of the Firehouse
16. March 2012
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...
Follow the Money
15. March 2012
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 ...
Houston Fire Fighter Urges Congress to Restore SAFER and Fire Act Funding
8. March 2012
As Congress produces its budget for Fiscal Year 2013, the IAFF is working to make sure that significant resources are invested in our nation’s first responders. Houston Professional Fire Fighters Local 341 president Jeffrey Caynon testified March 7 before the House Subcommittee on Homeland Se...
Former DC fire fighter speaks on city's rebranding efforts
7. March 2012
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...
Six tips to help you identify a hoarder fire
6. March 2012
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...
DC Fire Rebranding Takes New Turn
24. February 2012
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...
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