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Telling the Truth

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... [More]

Union Busting 2.0

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... [More]

Your Enemies Move Fast

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... [More]

Fire Tips to Keep Home Owners Safe this Winter

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 ... [More]

Your Next Enemy

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... [More]

Sticks and Stones

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... [More]

Not Cool

Fire fighters and EMS workers are deemed among the happiest professionals in the world. In addition, fire fighters rank as one of the most respected professions. But, Career Cast web site says being an EMT is “not a cool job” for 2011. The web site has released its pick of best and wors... [More]

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]

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