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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... [More]

Building a Better Atmosphere in Your Fire Station

Think you can improve your fire station vibe and promote a more collegial atmosphere among the fire fighters you work with everyday? Read this top ten list compiled by the Fire Critic. These tips are a good reminder of what’s needed to keep a good team going.

Fire Fighters Aren’t Sipping the Kool-Aid

There must be something floating in the water. Two days after Ohio Gov. John Kasich lauds public employees for their service while waging a battle over workers’ rights, the much disliked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now proposing to start a program honoring state employees for their service... [More]

What a Joke

Ohio Gov. John Kasich really knows how to get one’s blood pressure rising. The much-talked about union-busting governor is making headlines again this week. Kasich issued a proclamation on Monday extolling the work of public employees and teachers in particular for Public Service Appreciatio... [More]

Recipes from the Fire House Chef

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 SALMON SALAD WITH APPLES AND CRANBERRIES INGREDIENTS4 ( 4-ounce)   salmon fillets, skinned½ c   ... [More]

Cleveland locals affiliate with OAPFF

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s union busting tactics have galvanized fire fighters across the state to lead efforts to repeal SB5 legislation that strips collective bargaining rights away from public employee workers. Ohio fire fighters are fighting back with a renewed sense of solidarity. IAFF loc... [More]

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Like many IAFF affiliates in these tough times, Norton Shores, MI Local 2559 is fighting to protect public safety. Their story illustrates how important public education is for making sure you have your community's support when you need it. Norton Shores Local 2559 needed to generate ... [More]

Safe Jobs Save Lives. Our Work’s Not Done.

Today, April 28th, we honor all US and Canadian workers who have been killed or seriously injured on the job.  Vigils will be held to honor workers as we continue to make the workplace safer.   This is the 22nd Annual Worker’s Memorial Day, a date chosen since it is the anniversary... [More]

The Widening Gap

 Written by Ron Saathoff, director of the Pension Resource Department, International Association of Fire Fighters The Pew Center on the States released a report on Tuesday titled “The Widening Gap:  The Great Recession’s Impact on State Pension and Retiree Health Care Costs.... [More]

The Latest Threat

Fire fighters across the U.S. are under political assault. And the attacks are coming fast and furious. While the likes of Govs. Walker, Kasich, Christie, Snyder and Scott are grabbing the headlines for taking away your right to collective bargaining and smashing your pension plans, there’s a... [More]

Hitting ‘em in the pocket book

Fire fighters were ecstatic to hear that labor groups throughout central Florida plan to withdraw money from banks supported by the Florida Chamber of Commerce today. Public employees and union members are expected to withdraw their organizational and personal finances estimating $10 million from B... [More]

Fire fighters try to avert layoffs in Waukegan, IL

Some IAFF members have asked for more information about the layoffs affecting 15 fire fighters in Waukegan, Illinois. Waukegan, IL Local 473 will hold discussions Wednesday with members of the City Council in hopes to avoid the layoffs. The layoffs would be effective May 14. Mike Scholle, vice-pre... [More]

NJ Fire Fighters Provide Home Safety Tips

Members of Local 290 in Woodbridge, New Jersey are hoping to stop fire tragedies from starting inside homes. Members have started a special home inspection program for residents who request the service. The fire fighters educate residents about the importance of fire safety and provide them smoke... [More]

Recipes from the Fire House Chef

Here are two recipes selected from the Firehouse Chef web site and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say ‘mmmm good.’ IAFF Menu Planner HERBED CHICKEN PICCATA       INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp.   dry plain breadcrumbs 1 tsp.     dried basil ... [More]

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