What Crazy Looks Like
16. June 2011
Members of the IAFF staff are attending this year's Netroots Nation Convention in Minneapolis this week.And a popular discussion among those at the conference is the attack on middle class workers in states like Wisconsin.The political tactics of union busting Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin sta...
US Government Adds to Carcinogen List
15. June 2011
After years of lobbying by the chemical industry (see: Truthout and NYTimes articles), the US Department of Health and Human Services, through the National Toxicology Program, has added 8 new substances and agents to its list of known carcinogens. The Report on Carcinogens ...
Are You Staying Fit To Survive?
14. June 2011
June is Men’s Health Month and this week has been declared Men’s Health week. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men.The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA...
A Tribute to San Francisco Fire Fighters
10. June 2011
Anthony Valerio was an avid surfer, scuba diver, athlete and he liked making sour dough bread.Vincent Perez loved restoring vintage cars and cruising them down Mission Street in his native San Francisco.The two San Francisco fire fighters and IAFF members will be laid to rest today. IAFF General Pre...
Public Employees are No Shrinking Violets
9. June 2011
While politicians keep trying to take away their workplace rights, public workers and their supporters keep finding ways to have their voices heard. Hundreds of New Hampshire small businesses took part in a 36-hour tweet-a-thon this week urging House Speaker Bill O’Brien to shelve Right to Wo...
NIOSH Seeks Comments on IOM Report
8. June 2011
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) has announced the availability of the Personal Protective Technologies (PPT) Conformity Assessment Docket, NIOSH Docket 237, and solicits input from interested parties...
The Hiring Gap
8. June 2011
A new report by CBS News finds current chronic unemployment is worse than the Great Depression.While the jobs outlook may be improving statistically nationwide, it isn’t for those who are looking for work. CBS finds about 6.2 million Americans (about 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in ...
What Would You Do?
7. June 2011
Three years ago, the City of Alameda Fire Department had a top notch water rescue program. That changed in 2009 when funding for fire fighters water rescue and marine operations was chopped from the City of Alameda budget. At the time, fire fighters spoke out about the dangers of the city not payi...
Will You Stop Working Even After Retirement?
6. June 2011
A new Gallup poll indicates American workers plan to work even after they retire. Eight out of 10 Americans think they will work full or part-time after retirement. What’s most surprising is that most of those surveyed say they will do so because they want to rather than out of necessity. Ga...
2. June 2011
We couldn’t help but notice the slew of stories and polls published in the past week asking voters who is the worst state governor in America. There are a lot of candidates to choose from this year as IAFF members see their pensions go up in smoke and their political rights evaporate. We wan...
Swaying the SB5 Debate
31. May 2011
Ohio takes another turn in the spotlight as a new committee has formed to promote the divisive SB5 legislation to state voters. “Building a Better Ohio,” a non-profit group was launched Tuesday to raise money and strategies over how to influence voters who want to ditch SB5. A long-tim...
Act Now: Tell Congress to Stand Up for SAFER
31. May 2011
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grants are on the chopping block. On Wednesday, Congress will consider legislation that will cut the programs by more than 50 percent, as well as eliminate the SAFER waivers that allow fire depar...
Behind the Scenes at Fox News
26. May 2011
New York magazine published an interesting piece on Roger Ailes, president of Fox News and Republican Party insider.The story paints an intricate portrait of how Ailes engaged top Republican leaders to become a part of FOX.It also takes the reader inside the messy break-up with Glenn Beck and the ne...
IAFF Update from Joplin, Missouri
25. May 2011
Many IAFF members have expressed concern about the members of Joplin, Missouri Local 2618. Fire fighters are being assisted by District Vice President Mark Woolbright, Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters President Tony Kelley and IAFF members throughout the IAFF’s 2nd District. Joplin Loca...
Stop Blaming Fire Fighters
24. May 2011
Richard "Rick" Cailler, president of Lewiston, Maine Local 785 serves as today's guest blogger. Fire Fighters are not the enemy, but some elected leaders will have you think we are the root of all evil. They are finding it easy to blame us and other public employees for all that’s wro...
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