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...
New Online Degree Program to be Available for IAFF members
23. May 2011
The IAFF through a collaboration with Penn Foster College will provide an A.S. Degree Program in Fire Service to its active members. The Princeton Review will provide the online service. The program is designed to meet the needs of working fire fighters seeking to advance their careers and will be...
Why Generation X Can’t Afford to Retire
20. May 2011
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Maria Panaritis writes an interesting story on what Generation X can expect from their pensions and wages as they prepare to retire from the workforce. Generation Xers are considered the group born after the baby boomers during the mid-1960s through the early 1980s...
Recipes from the Fire House Chef
17. May 2011
Here are two recipes selected from the Firehouse Chef web site and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say ‘mmmm good.’Recipes from the IAFF Menu Planner CHICKEN W/ RED PEPPERS, MUSHROOMS, FETA INGREDIENTS4 (6 ounce) boneless breast of chicken, sk...
Fire Fighters ARE REALLY a tough group
16. May 2011
Talk about the 2012 presidential elections is gaining momentum as more GOP candidates announce intentions to challenge President Obama for America’s top job. On Facebook, we asked what issues are of greatest concern for the 2012 elections. Of the 381 responses to our survey, 159 said the econ...
Be Vigilant -- Be Safe!!!
13. May 2011
Three major train accidents occurred over the past two weeks across the United States. The first accident occurred in the NY/NJ Path subway system when a train crashed into the bumper at the end of the station in Hoboken, N.J.; injuring 34 passengers. In the second incident, an emp...
The Blame Game
13. May 2011
A recent column by J. Patrick Coolican stirred up some interesting debate among Las Vegas Sun readers over who is to blame for America’s economic problems. The writer says that unions shouldn’t be blamed for the country’s stagnant economy. We agree on this point. But he also says...
EMS stripped from Endicott fire fighters
12. May 2011
Endicott, NY fire fighters will no longer be responsible for emergency management services.The city’s mayor has decided to strip EMS duties from fire fighters. Paul Higgins, union president of Local 1280, says the mayor’s decision boils down to petty politics and is retaliation agains...
Who is promoting Gov. Kasich’s political agenda?
11. May 2011
The Ohio Plunderbund blog has a nice write up on a new group tapped to promote the jobs agenda and budget of union-busting Gov. John Kasich.One Ohio United, a 501 (C)(4) non-profit organization, is leading the jobs growth push. The group also says it helps state and local governments function more e...
With Friends Like These...
10. May 2011
President Schaitberger made the decision to "turn off the spigot to federal candidates and federal parties, party committees and the super PACs that are created to support them" because, as he told reporter Steve Greenhouse of The New York Times: "We're tired that our friends have not been wil...
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