New Survivor Benefits in Wisconsin
12. May 2010
Governor Jim Doyle just signed important legislation brought forward by our state association, the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. The law requires municipalities to now pay the health insurance premiums of the spouse and children (up to 27 years old) of a Wisconsin fire fighter ...
Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup
11. May 2010
We are deploying a couple of our HazMat instructors to assist with training workers heading to clean up the Gulf Coast and probably the Atlantic Coast from the BP oil disaster. Chip Hughes, our granting partner from NIEHS sent these amazing photos of the oil rig fire…119 workers survive...
Experts predicting City win on search of public employee's text messages
11. May 2010
The Supreme Court heard oral argument on City of Ontario v. Quon, a case before the Supreme Court out of the Ninth Circuit that we reported on last month. The transcript of the oral argument is available here. A decision will come this summer. Now, following oral argument, observers ar...
Employment numbers: more, please
10. May 2010
The employment numbers posted friday, plus the GDP numbers for the last quarter, has various economists saying more or less the same thing. All that and the expected announcement of Pres. Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court reminds me to post this op-ed from last month. After all, if w...
Media Misreporting Public v. Private Compensation
7. May 2010
With municipalities continuing to attack fire department budgets, and your pay and benefits, is your local paper inaccurately reporting how rich state and local workers are these days? Here’s a little help shining a bright light on that kind of shoddy reporting. This study by the National Ins...
Notes on the Canadian Legislative Conference
7. May 2010
Canadian IAFF locals wrapped up their 17th Annual Legislative Conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 28. The very successful conference was attended by 135 delegates from IAFF locals across Canada. The delegates were pleased to have both General President Schaitberger and General Secre...
7. May 2010
Rumors are continuing that Presidentt Obama will make his Supreme Court nomination announcement today, and that it will be Elena Kagan, the current Solicitor General. Meanwhile, Orrin Hatch, a Republican Senator and ranking member of the minority party on the Judiciary Committee, has v...
An Appalling Argument
6. May 2010
David Wood of Politics Daily wrote the other day: The military draft once chose young Americans for war. Now the Army attracts them with generous pay and benefits. You can guess where Wood goes next: But the heavy cost may be unsustainable. Wood ignores the extreme waste in the ...
Fire Ground Exposures
4. May 2010
Today’s fires are hotter and more dangerous than ever due to the synthetic products and building materials that are fueling them. As modern technology has changed the way fire departments respond to various emergencies, fire fighters are slowly dying without recognition of the ...
Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
4. May 2010
NIOSH has just updated their website to include detailed health and safety information on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. The US Department of Homeland Security has also created a website with real time updates on all response and clean up operations. These sites provide pert...
Input sought for new Respirator Standard
30. April 2010
The NFPA is currently soliciting public input on the need for a new standard on high air flow powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) for emergency services operations at incidents involving chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals/toxic industrial materials, biological warfare agents, ...
An "Amen" Moment
29. April 2010
As part of the ceremonial unveiling of the National Workers Memorial on April 28 at the National Labor College, the head of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, David Michaels, spoke and reportedly said: Under the main law governing worker safety, "the maxim...
Fire Fighter Staffing and Deployment Study Released
28. April 2010
A landmark fire service study on fire fighter safety and the deployment of resources has just been released. You can find our story about the report and the study here and here. We held a meeting and press conference in Washington, D.C., to outline the salient points in this ground-breaking...
Cool Technology -- But is it Helpful?
26. April 2010
The IAFF uses very sophisticated GIS modeling and analysis to help our affiliates determine response capabilities. It has proven to be an incredible tool that empowers our locals when working to establish -- and in this economy defend -- realtime staffing and response needs. &n...
Getting Beyond the Inbox
23. April 2010
We’ve started this new blog – one of the ways the IAFF is changing how we communicate with our members. We are also reaching our members through print, the Internet, blast emails and Facebook. Using multiple communication vehicles helps us spread the message more widely and more frequent...
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