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A Race to the Bottom

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 ... [More]

Are You Prepared to Survive a MAYDAY?

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... [More]

Kasich thinking of new strategies for SB5 win

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... [More]

New poll finds Americans want stronger economy

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’... [More]

Twisted Logic: The Scott Walker Story

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... [More]

Are Your Pensions Making a Comeback?

 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.... [More]

What Crazy Looks Like

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... [More]

US Government Adds to Carcinogen List

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 ... [More]

Are You Staying Fit To Survive?

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... [More]

A Tribute to San Francisco Fire Fighters

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... [More]

Public Employees are No Shrinking Violets

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... [More]

NIOSH Seeks Comments on IOM Report

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... [More]

The Hiring Gap

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 ... [More]

What Would You Do?

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... [More]

Will You Stop Working Even After Retirement?

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... [More]

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