401(k)s Disappoint Baby Boomers
23. February 2011
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...
Recipes from the Firehouse Chef
22. February 2011
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 ...
You Won’t Believe This
18. February 2011
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...
Only the Employed Should Apply
17. February 2011
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...
Getting Your Heart Healthy
15. February 2011
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...
Making the Case
14. February 2011
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...
Ask for What You Want (Maybe You Will be Rewarded)
11. February 2011
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...
Political Rhetoric and Your Paychecks
10. February 2011
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...
Telling the Truth
9. February 2011
The International Association of Fire Fighters is going on the offensive launching a nationwide advertising campaign to combat the misperceptions of fire fighter pensions. A full page ad was published in USA Today. The IAFF’s campaign was also reported in the Wall Street Journal. In ad...
Country Music Superstar to Raise Money for Police and Fire Fighters
8. February 2011
He may be retired from touring, but Randy Owen, former lead singer for Alabama, keeps on singing. Owen is releasing a new album of 10 original songs he wrote to help raise money for the IAFF and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). Randy and Alabama had 42 number 1 hits and sold over 73 million re...
Union Busting 2.0
7. February 2011
Conservative leaders encouraging states to declare bankruptcy as a means of not honoring union contracts and pensions were challenged for their assertions in an editorial published in the New York Times Sunday. Unfortunately, the New York Times editorial falls into a bad media pattern of blaming pu...
Your Enemies Move Fast
4. February 2011
Earlier this week, the Frontline Blog warned affiliates to be wary of data compiled by DC-based consultant Leonard Matarese and his efforts to encourage city officials to merge fire and police services. Now it seems his organization is at it again, this time surfacing in Palo Alto. The Internation...
Fire Tips to Keep Home Owners Safe this Winter
2. February 2011
A fierce winter storm is sweeping the U.S., and fire fighters have a good opportunity to remind their communities of how to keep their homes safe during this cold season. In cities like Chicago, twenty inches of snow has accumulated within the past 24 hours. While residents concentrate on clearing ...
Your Next Enemy
2. February 2011
Saginaw, Michigan Local 102 is pushing back on a consultant’s report to merge fire and police services. DC-based consultant Leonard Matarese, a former cop and Director of Research and Public Safety Programs at the International City/County Management Association, told Saginaw city leade...
Sticks and Stones
1. February 2011
Yesterday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal published this story calling Clark County Local 1908 fire fighters arrogant and greedy. The IAFF submitted this reproach from General President Harold Schaitberger for the unfair and malicious character assassination in author John L. Smith&rsqu...
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