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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]

Walker denies Financial Martial Law (But Should We Believe Him?)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) raised eyebrows again Monday when it was reported he was proposing a financial martial law in his state. Forbes. com reported Walker was working on legislation that would allow him to force local governments to submit to a financial stress test that would allow him t... [More]

Missing the Mark

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker isn’t the only politician getting a failing grade from some voters this week. Florida’s Governor Rick Scott isn’t getting high marks in his state either. Union leaders issued a performance evaluation of Scott’s first 100 days in office. He r... [More]

Deadliest Jobs

We know you risk your lives every day to save others. The Daily Beast has released the 20 riskiest jobs in America and fire fighters ranked second. Fishermen topped the list. Airplane pilots, police officers and loggers round out the top five. Hopefully, those politicians who try to strip collec... [More]

Grading Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has completed his first 100 days in office. Local media outlets such as ABC 27 in Madison and NBC affiliate WEAU are marking the governor’s short and controversial stint in office by asking viewers what grade they would give him. Governor Walker gives himself ... [More]

Recipes from the Fire House Chef

Here are two soup recipes selected from the Firehouse Chef web site and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say ‘mmmm good.’ From the Firehouse Chef Cheddar-Potato Bake Ingredients • 1 can (10 3/4 oz) Campbell's Cheddar Cheese Soup • 1/3 cup sour cream or plain yog... [More]

Seeking Layoff Help

Union Plus has created a web page for union members who have been laid off the job. You’ll find information about job less grants, furlough grants, strike grants and much more. Go to this link for more information. Also, make sure you check out the IAFF’s Job Center for updates too. ... [More]

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