Protecting collective bargaining
7. July 2011
In a year where the labor movement has been under heavy political assault, President Barack Obama said the principle of collective bargaining must be protected. The president made his comment during his first ever Twitter Town Hall Wednesday afternoon. The Twitter community was able to ask the pre...
Recipes from the Fire House Chef
1. July 2011
Here are some recipes selected from the Firehouse Chef website and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say "mmmm good" on July 4th. Quick 'n Easy Sloppy Joe Sandwiches • 2lb. ground beef • 1 bottle Heinz Chili Sauce• 1med...
When Training Counts
1. July 2011
Written by the IAFF's Education and Training Team When responding to a fire or medical emergency it is critical that IAFF members are equipped with the resources they need to affect a successful outcome. If you haven’t already, take a moment to visit our Education and Training web page.You w...
Oh, Yes They Did!
29. June 2011
Fourth of July celebrations started early in Ohio today. We Are Ohio announced it collected over 1,298,301 signatures to help put SB5 to a possible referendum in the fall. About 231,149 valid signatures are needed to qualify. The signature gathering efforts received praise from all over the web to...
A Race to the Bottom
28. June 2011
Union-busting specials have been on the menu of too many governors this season.Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed his draconian budget into law that includes big cuts to public services. Ohio Governor John Kasich is at a loss for words over reports that he and his allies are discussing putting ...
Are You Prepared to Survive a MAYDAY?
24. June 2011
As lawmakers continue to slash fire department budgets our members are feeling the effects in reductions in training and staffing. Under trained and under staffed fire departments place our members at an increased risk with every response. Data compiled by the United States Fire Administration show...
Kasich thinking of new strategies for SB5 win
23. June 2011
The Columbus Dispatch posted an interesting story highlighting a strategy that Governor John Kasich might pursue to get his collective bargaining bill passed in Ohio. The newspaper reports that Kasich and his allies are in discussions with the Ohio Ballot Board to present the issue into multiple ba...
New poll finds Americans want stronger economy
22. June 2011
A new Bloomberg News poll released Wednesday finds more Americans are becoming frustrated with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy. Thirty percent of Americans said they will vote for President Obama for re-election. Thirty-six percent of Americans said they definitely won’...
Twisted Logic: The Scott Walker Story
21. June 2011
Controversial Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made a big splash this morning co-hosting C-NBC’s the “Squawk Box.” Walker defended his state’s budget and his decision to ram through a very unpopular collective bargaining bill that led to thousands to protest at the stat...
Are Your Pensions Making a Comeback?
20. June 2011
Written by Ron Saathoff, director of the Pension Resource Department, International Association of Fire Fighters As states like New Jersey and New Hampshire debate reforming the pensions of public workers, a new report finds that funds are recovering from the effects of the great recession....
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...
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