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Fire fighter shares his life-changing story

At 41, fire fighter Pat Burns thought he was too young to have a heart attack.  But the Flagstaff, Arizona fire fighter was wrong.  While on a jog with his wife, Burns struggled with stomach pains, nausea and eventually his breathing. He had suffered a full-blown heart attack while on va... [More]

Philly residents complain about fire station closures

Residents of Philadelphia are showing little patience for the city’s policy of “rolling brownouts” that close fire stations throughout the day. On Tuesday night, residents expressed their deep displeasure with City Council members saying the practice endangers too many lives. The... [More]

Manchin Update

The political ad produced and paid for by the IAFF’s federal political action committee in support of West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin’s campaign for the U.S. Senate ran on cable networks throughout West Virginia nearly 1,000 times. The ad has been viewed nearly 5,500 ti... [More]

Do You Look Like Your Pet?

Union Plus has launched a fun contest called the Union Pet Photo Contest. Think you look like your pet? If so, submit your photo before November 11, 2010, for a chance to win nearly $1,000 in prizes!

Pension Crisis? It's About the Revenue... Stupid

Ezra Klein , a writer for The Washington Post, answered a silly op-ed from David Brooks , of The New York Times, with a factual rebuttal that is useful in our fight to beat back the ridiculous claims that public employee pensions are crippling America. Using very interesting facts from the Ce... [More]

Why Are Your Pension Plans Being Attacked?

What do you think is behind the recent public pension backlash? What can be done to make sure employers will live up to their end of the bargain? Are current portrayals of the union correct? Are fire fighters and other union workers being unfairly portrayed as greedy in the press because of their pe... [More]

The Power of Social Networking

Tammi Brownlee was just three years old when she was led to safety after a fire ravaged her South Boston home in 1977. Stanley Foreman, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, documented the tragic incident that would forever change Brownlee’s life. Her six-year-old brother and young mother d... [More]

401(k) - Not a Retirement, Indeed a Failure

As the attacks continue on the best retirement security system in the world – defined benefit pensions – in favor of defined contributions plans, a blog by Edward Siedle on Forbes web site makes a stark prediction for an entire generation that is moving into their most vulnerab... [More]

Real fire fighters, Real West Virginians

The campaign for the Senate seat left vacant by Robert Byrd is heating up. Over the Columbus Day weekend, the IAFF gave its full support to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin by releasing this video ad. The video, shot last Friday in Charleston, features real fire fighters from West Virginia. The ... [More]

All Politics are Local

Having been a Union member since 1993 I have noticed a change in our membership. Perhaps it is because they have not had to fight the hard battles like their Brothers before them, but more and more Brothers are concerned about themselves and not the greater good. I don’t mean they do... [More]

Washington Post Does a Hatchet Job on Public Employee Pensions

The latest fumble by the Fourth Estate in its attempt to write about public employee pensions can be found in Wednesday’s Washington Post. There are a lot of things wrong with the story. It’s terribly one-sided. It includes too few voices from labor. But one of the biggest problems with ... [More]

Pay to Spray?

  A fire department’s controversial decision to allow a rural Tennessee home to burn because a family didn’t pay for services has sparked a national debate. On Tuesday, IAFF’s General President Harold Schaitberger condemned the policy of the city of South Fulton in Obion Cou... [More]

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