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...
27. January 2011
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...
City mayors say your pensions are hurting their bottom line
26. January 2011
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...
Making Your Fire Station Secure
25. January 2011
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...
People Are Just Like Crabs
24. January 2011
Harold A. Schaitberger
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...
FLRA Holds Fire Fighter Safety Trumps "Management Rights"
12. January 2011
Over the holidays, the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) upheld a favorable arbitration award on staffing, won by the IAFF under the Guardian Policy. The arbitration involved the Air Force Material Command (“AFMC&r...
Pension Nonsense from the Playbook of our Opponents
11. January 2011
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...
Is This a Good Idea to Save the Fire Department Money? (survey)
11. January 2011
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...
US Dept of Labor Begins Review of Online Voting
11. January 2011
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...
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