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Md. fire fighter group speaks against roadside ban

The Montgomery County Career Firefighter's Association may find it harder to raise money for the MDA if a proposal banning roadside solicitations is passed.Montgomery County officials are considering a ban on roadside solicitations after a report was issued expressing safety concerns of some residen... [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 get your mouth watering. Pasta Primavera Take One Bunch of Cut Up Fresh Broccoli One Bunch of Cut up Fresh Cauliflower One Cup Fresh sliced Mushrooms Three Sliced Carrots One Onion Quartered ... [More]

A Calculated Battle to Discredit Unions

Politico.com examines the behind the scene effort to take down public sector unions in Wisconsin. The web story is long, but worth reading because it identifies groups who are influencing elected officials in Wisconsin and other states to reduce government salaries and benefits. Think-tank groups ... [More]

The Truth Teller? NJ Public Unions Think Not

Do you want to know why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is trying to destroy the public unions in his state? Read this New York Times profile to see if you can find an answer. The Times story will run in the Sunday Magazine this weekend and it examines Christie’s arrogant attitude towards publ... [More]

Michigan City Decides to Layoff Fire Department

Allen Park, Michigan is proposing to lay off its entire fire department by June citing budgetary concerns, even though fire fighters have agreed to nearly $1 million in concessions. However, some Allen Park residents question if the dismissal of fire fighters is a thinly disguised attempt at union b... [More]

Americans “got your back”

When it comes to the debate over collective bargaining, most Americans aren’t siding with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who thrust the issue in the national spotlight.About 61 percent of Americans said they strongly oppose laws taking away collective bargaining power of public employee union... [More]

The Next Fight

Ohio has positioned itself as the next battleground state over workers fighting for collective bargaining rights. Thousands of protesters gathered at the State Capitol in Columbus Tuesday to protest the S.B 5 legislation that would effectively eliminate collective bargaining rights for state worker... [More]

401(k)s Disappoint Baby Boomers

This is a good article from the Wall Street Journal, with lots of useful points, on the failure of 401(k)s to meet the expectations of retiring (or, would-be-retiring) baby boomers. It summarizes the findings of a study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The Center’s... [More]

Recipes from the Firehouse Chef

The IAFF is launching a new feature on its social networks that will have your stomachs going “mmmmm” good. Every Tuesday, we’ll post recipes on our social networks for your local to enjoy. Here are two recipes selected from the Fire House Chef web site and the IAFF Menu Planner ... [More]

You Won’t Believe This

All month long, the Frontline Blog has warned IAFF affiliates to be skeptical of data compiled by ICMA-based consultant Leonard Matarese encouraging the merger of fire and police services. Now, you’ll understand why after you listen to this audio recording that the IAFF has obtained of a 200... [More]

Only the Employed Should Apply

Being out of work is bad. But what if you were looking for a job and couldn’t get one because you are unemployed? Practices of excluding the unemployed from job opportunities have increased. This week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the practice especially hurts older workers... [More]

Getting Your Heart Healthy

What are you doing to make sure your heart is healthy? February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is recognized as the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart attacks were the leading cause of death for fire fighters last year, according to the United States Fire Administration (USF... [More]

Making the Case

Some IAFF members are emailing their favorite talk shows that they would like to see General President Harold Schaitberger discuss fire fighter pensions. Last week, the IAFF launched a national public relations campaign to defend its members from the politically motivated attacks on their pensi... [More]

Ask for What You Want (Maybe You Will be Rewarded)

The IAFF’s media campaign to stymie the political attacks against fire fighter pensions and other benefits has many of you buzzing.This week General President Harold Schaitberger appeared on Ed Schultz’s nationally syndicated radio show. In addition the Ed Schultz MSNBC program that aire... [More]

Political Rhetoric and Your Paychecks

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has a “bone to pick with public workers.” Pawlenty, who has not announced his candidacy for president of the United States but who is expected run next year, is criticizing the public sector’s benefits system. Earlier this week while on a sp... [More]

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