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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]

Where do they stand?

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... [More]

Turning over a new leaf?

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... [More]

Get Your SAFER Applications Ready!

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-... [More]

Managing your stress level

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 ... [More]

Right to Work Issue is Debated in Indiana

We may have ushered in a new year, but politicians are up to their same old tricks trying to hijack the rights of workers. All eyes are on the state of Indiana.  Right to work legislation is currently being debated that would prevent private employee unions from seeking contracts that mand... [More]

General President Fired Up for the New Year

General President Harold Schaitberger appeared on the Rebuild America radio show Wednesday to discuss the political attacks waged on IAFF members and public sector unions in 2011.General President Schaitberger also told radio host Jeff Santos that fire fighters and paramedics are a special group wh... [More]

At what cost?

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is planning to make his annual “State of the State” address next week. While he rattles off his perceived accomplishments, he should discuss the number of New Jersey state and local government workers leaving the workplace.Retirements among New Jersey s... [More]

Holiday Message

The holiday season is in full swing. And Frontline staff bloggers would like to extend a special thanks to all its readers. We will not publish any new posts until the week of January 3, 2012. You can count on us to keep you up to date on the issues affecting fire fighters and EMS workers in the ... [More]

Dude, why don’t you let me tweet?

As some fire departments try to restrict the use of social media at fire stations, a new survey released  shows younger employees expect more access to information. Researchers find younger workers are seeking more access to information via social media at work and that 67 percent of people su... [More]

IAFF Coming Attractions 2012

As we close out 2011, efforts undertaken by the IAFF have made a difference to so many affiliates who are facing unprecedented political attacks. We plan to continue to fight back in 2012 and will prepare our affiliate leaders with the resources they need to combat the attacks that are being waged ... [More]

Breast Cancer and Occupational Risks

According to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), extensive scientific research on the environmental factors associated with breast cancer has found a possible connection between increased risk for the disease and exposures to benzene, 1,3-butadiene, and ethylene oxide. These chemicals... [More]

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