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Collective Bargaining Update

Many affiliates no doubt have heard that Senator Harry Reid [D-Nevada] plans to invoke cloture on the IAFF’s collective bargaining bill and is hoping to move the measure to the Senate floor as soon as possible. This is a significant development in the decades-long attempt to extend bargaining... [More]

One fire fighters’ brave fight

One veteran fire fighter is raising awareness among his colleagues to wear protective gear long after they’ve extinguished flames.Bill Duncan has spent 33 years fighting fires in Kitchener, Ontario. The 55-year-old planned to retire this year, but instead of celebrating his many years of fire ... [More]

Fire fighters Gear Up for Annual Toy Drives

IAFF affiliates and their members won’t let the struggling economy get in the way of their holiday spirit. Many affiliates have long-standing traditions of providing toys to disadvantaged children while others are helping entire families survive the holiday season.Over Thanksgiving weekend, Sa... [More]

The Kitchen Sink

Your pensions are under attack.  Your healthcare costs increased. Your department budgets have been cut and you are being asked to work overtime while the department refuses to hire enough people to do the job. Some of you have been laid-off while others work daily in high risk environments... [More]

What You Should Know About HIPAA Laws and Greeting Cards

IAFF LOCALS who are considering sending get well cards to the patients they’ve helped may want to reconsider. It’s a good idea in theory, but the reality of a LOCAL sending a get well card could “unintentionally open Pandora’s box” when it comes to violating HIPAA regu... [More]

NYC fire fighters push for Senate passage of 9/11 bill

New York City fire fighters are spearheading efforts to get the U.S. Senate to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The House of Representatives approved the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act or H.R. 847 by a vote of 268-160 in September. Congress first established ... [More]

"Welfare Queens" or Have Others Just Lost Their Backbone?

When people attack public employees as "welfare queens," common sense should dictate that such an attack would be blown off as one made by a looney tune. But somehow, those attacks have taken root.  Appearing more and more, they seem to be the next frontier for the haters to go after fire figh... [More]

Are public employees overpaid?

It’s not easy being a public employee today as many of you continue to fight for your benefits and pensions. While the US government searches for solutions to stabilize the economy, public employees keep getting hammered in the press for “greediness” over the pensions they receive... [More]

How Social Media Can Help Save You in an Emergency

Social media has changed how we interact with each other daily.  And, it’s no surprise that more people are choosing to use Twitter and Facebook in emergency situations. In August, the American Red Cross released a social media survey finding that most of the public expect first responde... [More]

For Runners, Runners to Be and Sane Non-Runners

If you have two minutes, visit the Movement Challenge web site to support Prince George's County, MD Local 1619 member Jaimee Joroff. Jaimee ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC October 31 as part of the IAFF Burn Foundation Fitness Team. The marathon was one of many races she has run thi... [More]

Calling all public safety officers back to Detroit

Long before the recession took its toll on the national economy, Detroit was hit hard by slumping sales in the auto industry. More than half of the city’s public safety officers moved out of the city in recent years. Now Detroit mayor Dave Bing is initiating efforts to get more police and fir... [More]

No Fire Fighter Stands Alone

Suicide. The very mention of the word creates uneasiness. The stigma and tragedy associated with suicide makes it one of those events that we hope never happens. And one we don’t talk about. Seeing an increase over the last few years in member suicides and suicidal behavior, we knew we had to ... [More]

Fire chief writes up department for bucking uniform policy

It was a parting shot heard around the Chelsea Fire Department in Massachusetts last week. The department’s fire chief suddenly retired, but not before he brought up disciplinary charges for nearly every fire fighter and fire officer.So what’s the offense? Former Chelsea Fire Chief Herb... [More]

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