IAFF Coming Attractions 2012
19. December 2011
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 ...
Breast Cancer and Occupational Risks
14. December 2011
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...
How will redistricting affect you?
14. December 2011
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...
Getting at the root of juvenile fire setters behavior
9. December 2011
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...
Glendale Fire Fighters Transition to Paramedic Responsibilities
7. December 2011
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 ...
Why Fire Fighters Should Get More Involved in the Building Codes Process
6. December 2011
It’s no secret that fire fighters take great pride in the performance of their jobs, and there are a lot of skills they work on to be effective.Having the right certification, training and gear, and meeting all the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards are just a few o...
NIOSH Fire Fighter Cancer Study
21. November 2011
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...
The Movember Movement
15. November 2011
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...
How Defined Benefit Pension Payments Support the Economy
10. November 2011
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...
Ohio Says No to Issue 2
9. November 2011
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...
Ohio fire fighters fight back
7. November 2011
The Get Out the Vote Bus Tour is rolling through Ohio and fire fighters continue to make their case against Issue 2 to voters. Since kicking off the Bus Tour, General President Harold Schaitberger and Ohio fire fighters have made stops in Warren, Youngstown, Akron, Middleburg Heights, Cle...
Ohio Fire Fighters Get Out the Vote for Issue 2
4. November 2011
We’re in the final days of our SB5 fight and our Ohio fire fighters have worked hard to have their voices heard on an incredibly important issue. General President Schaitberger will join Ohio fire fighters this weekend to encourage all IAFF members and their families to campaign in their comm...
Why politicians don’t think much of public employees
26. October 2011
It’s been a week for politicians to put their foot when it comes to expressing their views on public workers. With 14 million Americans are unemployed and nearly 15,000 fire fighter and paramedic positions lost, targeted for elimination or left unfilled, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell...
A new level of idiocy arises with proposal to use prisoners as fire fighters
14. October 2011
One of the most absurd political moves degrading fire fighters comes this week from Camden County, Georgia, where lawmakers are considering using prison inmates to serve in the local fire department as a cost-cutting measure. These inmates wouldn’t be guarded by prison staff while at the fire...
Schaitberger, Biden talk job creation in Michigan
12. October 2011
IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger joined Vice-President Joe Biden in Flint, Michigan for a press conference on the president’s jobs bill.Flint Local 352 fire fighter/paramedic Cynthia Earegood also participated in the event, along with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. Earegood’s job w...
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