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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]

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]

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