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City mayors say your pensions are hurting their bottom line

The layoffs of fire fighters and police in Camden, NJ continues to grab the national spotlight. Mayor Dana Redd appeared on the Diane Rehm show this week to discuss the massive layoffs. The show took a “pro city” turn because there was not an official to represent the unions.  But... [More]

Making Your Fire Station Secure

A shooting inside a police precinct in Detroit over the weekend has shocked many in the public safety community. Few details have been released about the incident or what motivated the gunman to go to the precinct. But the shooting, as well as a story about a man impersonating a fire fighter in a S... [More]

People Are Just Like Crabs

I was forwarded an email with a great story from Raul Bosque, a member of the Miami-Dade Local 1403 Executive Board. His email below illustrates the challenge we are up against as our opponents out there continue to demonize public workers because we’ve stuck up for ourselves over the years an... [More]

Pension Nonsense from the Playbook of our Opponents

Well this story sheds some light on who’s fueling the latest wave in the pension fight against public employees. The playbook of our opponents includes providing states a path into bankruptcy so they can wiggle out from under their pension obligations to public employees. Americans for Tax Ref... [More]

Is This a Good Idea to Save the Fire Department Money? (survey)

The Memphis Fire Department is considering using smaller alternate response vehicles to respond to emergency medical calls, but some fire fighters aren’t convinced it’s such a good idea. Last week, the IAFF posted this story on our social networks which generated strong reactions from y... [More]

US Dept of Labor Begins Review of Online Voting

Today the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS), within the U.S. Department of Labor, will issue what is called a "Request for Information" (RFI) on the use of electronic voting systems, such as web- and telephone based voting, for union officer elections.  It initiates a process (that wi... [More]

Everything Done Right in Toronto Mayday

Working with Toronto Local 3888 and our Canadian Office, we have been following a six-alarm fire in Toronto on January 3 that demonstrated that the Fire Ground Survival (FGS) training programs clearly work and saved the lives of two of our Local 3888 members. If these crews did not have th... [More]

Union Antagonists Targeting Dues Checkoff

Last month, the Alabama legislature passed (and outgoing Governor Riley signed) the latest in a series of anti-union attacks happening around the country, as it prohibited dues deductions for public employees if any of those dues are to be used for “political activity.”  The provisi... [More]

Moving Past Pension Politics

It’s a new year, but public employees are still under attack over their pensions. NY1, a cable news television station in New York City, hosted an interesting forum with four of the city’s top labor leaders representing city employees, teamsters, and teachers. The state of New York is ... [More]

The Point of No Return

Can Camden, New Jersey get any more dangerous? That’s a question that city fire fighters don’t want to answer. Camden fire fighters and members of the City Council are in a tug of war over salaries and benefits. Mayor Dana Redd says she must close a $26.5 million budget gap and needs ... [More]

Local president files grievance against Austin Fire Department

The president of the Austin Firefighters Association has filed a grievance over hiring issues with the Austin Fire Department.Bob Nicks, president and a battalion chief, filed a grievance December 29. The Austin Fire Department judges potential candidates on the following criteria: intelligence and ... [More]

Powerful Pension Argument

Remarks made by a Chicago chaplain defending fire fighter pensions and compensation at a funeral last week has got the city buzzing. Chicago fire department chaplain Thomas Mulcrone gave critics a sobering reminder of the dangerous work performed by public safety officers. “In the last few m... [More]

Let's Rethink Pension Envy

It’s sad that it takes a multiple line-of-duty death to get an editorial like this published. Unfortunately, editors usually will not permit pro public sector editorials, especially since most newspapers are owned by large corporations.

Holiday Message from the Frontline Blog

The holiday season is in full swing. And Frontline staff bloggers would like to extend a special thanks to all its readers. We will not publish any new posts until the week of January 3, 2011. You can count on us to keep you up to date on the issues affecting fire fighters and EMS workers in the ... [More]

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