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A lesson in leadership

As Women’s History Month winds down, the Frontline Blog speaks with New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association president Emily Kane about her thoughts on fire fighting, leadership and the challenges facing the fire profession today. Kane, a 20 plus year veteran, is the only female st... [More]

Recipes from the Fire House Chef

Here are two recipes selected from the Fire House Chef website and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say ‘mmmm good.’ From Fire House Chef Orange Juice Chicken•    In a bowl mix 1 beaten egg•    1/2 of a 6oz frozen orange juice(thawed)&b... [More]

The Fall River Flyover

It is often said that the best defense is a good offense. And a really good offense takes creative thinking. Traditional media can be expensive. So when Fall River, MA Local 1314 decided Mayor Bob Correia had to go, they thought a flyover might get the public's attention. Correia, who had remove... [More]

Michigan Fire Fighters Face New Threat

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is pushing a plan to combine police and fire fighter services in the state. The plan is a part of Snyder’s campaign pledge to reinvent Michigan government and to make the state financially sound. Fire fighters say this is perhaps the greatest battle they face ye... [More]

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

It was 100 years ago today that factory workers at the Triangle Waist Company in Lower Manhattan ushered in a new era of labor rights for employees across the United States. The workers made up of mostly young Jewish and Italian women did not know they would be a part of history. On March 25, 1911 ... [More]

New Hampshire’s Quiet Revolt Against Public Employees

The protests in Wisconsin may have stolen news headlines this winter, but a quiet political persecution of public employees has also been playing out in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Finance Committee in the House of Representatives this week approved a change to the state collective bargain... [More]

"As Wisconsin Turns"

Bloggers had a field day last week when it was reported that one Wisconsin lawmaker’s wife was joining efforts to recall him. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gives readers the back story on how state Sen. Randy Hopper’s girlfriend got a job with Sen. Scott Walker’s team during a ti... [More]

Here We Go Again

Fire fighter jobs maybe on the chopping block again in the city of Akron, Ohio. Mayor Don Plusquellic released a statement last week indicating that the city would re-examine laying off police and fire fighters. Akron still remains over fifty personnel short since 2009 even with 37 laid off perso... [More]

Updates from Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference

Day Three of the Legislative Conference IAFF Goes to Congress IAFF members set off to meet lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday. About 1,000 members from across the country are in Washington, DC to discuss the challenges that first responders face each day. Fire fighters on Capitol Hill will talk ... [More]

A Fire Fighter’s Powerful Message

Morristown, Tennessee fire fighter Robert Croxdale is fighting two battles. Croxdale is a member of the Morristown Professional Fire Fighter’s Association Local 3836 and is currently stationed in Kuwait serving Operation Enduring Freedom. A 20-year member of the Tennessee National Guard, Cro... [More]

Council Chambers. Redwood City, CA

Justin Velasquez, a member of our San Mateo County local, shared this video of amazing testimonials from members in the community as they talk about their own experiences with the fire department. During a City Council meeting, these citizens told personal stories about... [More]

Stripping Collective Bargaining from Ohio Workers

Members of the Ohio Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would effectively strip collective bargaining rights from public workers. Senate Bill 5 narrowly passed by a 17 to 16 vote. The bill will now move to Ohio’s House of Representatives which has a Republican majority. However, public w... [More]

Gov. Walker Are You Listening?

Most Americans say Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is on the wrong side of the collective bargaining debate. About 62 percent of Americans say it is unacceptable for states to eliminate employee’s collective bargaining rights, according to a new poll released by NBC and the Wall Street Journa... [More]

The next battlefront moves to Michigan

A nasty assault on collective bargaining rights is playing out in the Michigan Legislature. A series of anti-worker bills introduced by the conservative led legislature is threatening the existence of public unions across the state. Labor unions are particularly concerned about the Emergency Finan... [More]

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