How do you define a political friend or foe?
10. February 2012
As we watch the Republican presidential primary unfold, it’s a good time to reflect on how these last few years have affected our members. We’ve lived through the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression that began in 1929 and gripped the United States for over a decade. And ...
Setting the Record Straight on Fire Fighters and Social Security
8. February 2012
Followers of the @IAFFNEWSDESK on Twitter raised a great conversation recently about why most fire fighters aren’t covered by Social Security. We wanted to address the issue for IAFF members and to continue to stress the importance of why fire fighter pensions must be protected as politicians...
Using social media to improve public safety
7. February 2012
Here’s a good piece that ran in Mashable on how social media can improve public safety. This column comes at a time when many IAFF locals are grappling with how best to use social media for their members and fire departments. IAFF locals should view social media as an opportunity and not as ...
Apply for SAFER grants
1. February 2012
The FY 2011 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant application is now open and will run until Friday, February 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm (EST). Congress has approved $742.5 million in SAFER funding to rehire and retain fire fighters, as well as to hire additional personnel. The ...
Supporting War Veterans and Fire Fighters
26. January 2012
IAFF members are doing their part in creating support networks for military veterans to make their transition easier in the fire service. Dwayne Harris, a member of Montgomery County, MD Local 1664 knows firsthand what a good support system can do. A veteran of the Iraq war, Harris needed a place ...
Dealing with Difficult Behavior in the Work Place
25. January 2012
Fire fighters are known for their close camaraderie on the job. But on any given day, personality conflicts can occur in the firehouse that can affect staff morale. IAFF members discussed how to deal with difficult people and behavior in the work place at the IAFF Human Relations Conference this w...
Homophobia in the fire house
23. January 2012
Fire fighters are known to be a tough group who won't shy away from any situation. But when confronting the topic of homophobia and transphobia in the fire service many wonder what is appropriate when issues arise in the firehouse. At the IAFF Human Relations Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fl...
US Labor Secretary delivers keynote address at Human Relations Conference
23. January 2012
US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis says a strong American economy depends on a strong middle class. She spoke in favor of protecting collective bargaining and union rights at the 20th Ernest A. buddy Mass Human Relations Conference Monday. "Workers deserve respect and a seat at the bargaining tabl...
Opening Session at the 20th Human Relations Conference
23. January 2012
IAFF Members from across the United States and Canada are attending the 2012 Ernest A. "Buddy" Mass Human Relations Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The 20th annual conference is designed to build solidarity among brother and sister fire fighters as they explore the differences that divide ...
Tips for Developing a Human Relations Committee
23. January 2012
There are no new problems in the fire department – they may be new to your local, but somewhere there is a department that has experienced the same thing. This is one of the reasons for the IAFF Ernest A. “Buddy” Mass Human Relations Conference, which kicked off today in Lake Buena...
Protecting Public Employee Pensions
20. January 2012
As more governors try to force 401 (k) style pension plans on public employees, a group of pension experts say they aren’t the solution for workers who want a secure retirement. “The real issue is why defined benefit plans make sense,” said Dean Baker, a co-director, of the Center...
Where do they stand?
18. January 2012
All eyes are on Indiana as Right-to-Work legislation continues to be debated.Opponents of the legislation are pushing for a referendum in November for voters to decide whether to enact the measure that would prevent private employee unions from seeking contracts that mandate all workers pay union fe...
Turning over a new leaf?
13. January 2012
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott is trying to soften his image these days. The divisive governor has had a series of profiles published about how he has learned lessons after a tough first year in office and wants a fresh start. Scott’s political agenda was so disliked until he was ranked...
Get Your SAFER Applications Ready!
11. January 2012
The first window to submit applications for $742 million in Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program money will likely open very soon – mid-January 2012. The window to apply will only be open for 30 days and the next application period won’t open until mid-...
Managing your stress level
9. January 2012
IAFF members are called to respond to high-pressure situations every day, risking their own health and safety to care for others.As we start the new year, this is a good opportunity to remind members that the IAFF has resources to help handle the day-to-day challenges associated with the job. Fire ...
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