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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]

How will redistricting affect you?

It’s the behind the scenes show most American voters don’t get to see. Elected officials are drawing up new legislative and congressional districts for the next decade. The new boundaries can determine the outcome of local, state, and national elections for years to come.Are you up to da... [More]

Getting at the root of juvenile fire setters behavior

A 15-year-old New York teen made headlines this week after he doused his two-story home with gasoline and set it on fire, killing his two adoptive brothers and father.In the aftermath of tragedies like this one, fire fighters, fire investigators, mental health practitioners and others connected to t... [More]

Glendale Fire Fighters Transition to Paramedic Responsibilities

As the country still struggles to emerge from its economic funk, cities are finding alternative ways to save money when it comes to fire departments.Late last week, news came from Glendale, California, that the City is finalizing a plan to transition fire fighters into dual paramedic positions. The ... [More]

NIOSH Fire Fighter Cancer Study

Each of you is well aware that during fire fighting activities our members are exposed to many combustion products that are known carcinogens [including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), formaldehyde, benzene, chromium compounds, dioxins, asbestos, particulates and arsenic].  These expos... [More]

The Movember Movement

October was the month for women to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Now it is time for men to step into the spotlight for Movember. This month men around the United States and the globe are trying to raise awareness about prostate and testicular cancer. During the month of Nov... [More]

How Defined Benefit Pension Payments Support the Economy

Written by Ron Saathoff, Director of the IAFF's Pension Resource  Department It’s no secret that public pensions are being attacked at local and state levels, while legislators continue to introduce – and in some cases – pass pension reform bills aimed at increasing member co... [More]

Ohio Says No to Issue 2

Ohioans spoke with a clear, concise voice rejecting Issue 2 last night. It is a tremendous victory for labor unions everywhere and is testament to the hard work and dedication of Ohio fire fighters and public workers who demanded a voice in how their futures are shaped. Ohio showed politicians tha... [More]

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