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Arizona’s Anti-Union Bills Stall in Senate

The fight is on-going in Arizona to stop several anti-labor bills. A law that would have stripped collective bargaining from government workers appears to have stalled in the Senate. State Arizona Republicans acknowledged they don’t have enough votes to pass the bill. The collective bargaini... [More]

Danbury mayor says no to SAFER

As municipal budgets are still being slashed, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program has become a life line for IAFF locals to retain adequate staffing levels. Some politicians don’t see it that way. Take for instance Danbury, Connecticut Mayor Mark Boughton, a... [More]

ALEC Gives Lawmakers Legislative Ammo

The massive wave of attacks on fire fighters and the entire labor movement that began following the 2010 mid-term elections did not just happen on its own.The political weather  — a frothy mix of economic anxiety and “blamestorming”  — gave extreme right-wing legisl... [More]

Reducing heart attacks

February is American Heart Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cardio vascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US. Approximately 100 fire fighters die in the line of duty each year and heart attacks account for 45 percent of all work-related deaths among fire fi... [More]

How do you define a political friend or foe?

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 ... [More]

Using social media to improve public safety

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 ... [More]

Apply for SAFER grants

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 ... [More]

Supporting War Veterans and Fire Fighters

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 ... [More]

Dealing with Difficult Behavior in the Work Place

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... [More]

Homophobia in the fire house

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... [More]

Opening Session at the 20th Human Relations Conference

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 ... [More]

Tips for Developing a Human Relations Committee

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... [More]

Protecting Public Employee Pensions

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... [More]

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