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Answering the Call for Change

It has come to the IAFF’s attention that several bills are now appearing in state legislatures relating to the Mobile Integrated Healthcare (Community Paramedic) and EMS.  Some provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) set up opportunities for EMS providers to participate in delivering ... [More]

Stopping Children From Playing With Fire

An eighth grade girl set fire in a school bathroom while students took part in testing in Lexington Park, Maryland. Five Sacramento, CA juveniles set fire to an elementary school.  At least two juveniles set fire to two homes in Springfield, IL. A New York City, NY first responder died recent... [More]

Six Steps to a New Future

Making the decision to go back to school can be a little overwhelming. As your union, we understand and we are here to help you through this process. First, there is no ‘right way,’ nor is there ‘one path.’ Getting your degree or deciding to take courses is something that has... [More]

Unions singled out in TN

The anti-union rhetoric is in full effect in Tennessee during this legislative session, and IAFF members have fought to keep harmful legislation at bay that threatens their First Amendment rights. Opponents of labor unions introduced a bill that would have made it a misdemeanor to “mass picke... [More]

There's Only One Official Fundraiser for Our Boston Brothers

Donations and heartfelt sympathies have been pouring in for the families of two fallen Boston Local 718 members who died in the nine alarm Beacon Street fire. As people continue to pay their respects, there are multiple online scammers ready and willing to take advantage of those who are genuine and... [More]

Christie puts retiree earnings in the hands of supporters

We’ve all heard of the Bridge Gate scandal in New Jersey where top Chris Christie staffers closed the George Washington Bridge in alleged political retaliation from the governor. But more attention should be focused on a scandal that’s hurting New Jersey retirees’ pensions. We all... [More]

Protect Your Cities and Towns

As companies continue to flee the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy organization is searching for new sources of revenue. According to this Guardian report, ALEC plans to target city and local governments for potential new revenue streams in efforts to replicate its influenc... [More]

Fundraising in the Name of Fire Fighters

The IAFF has been made aware of individuals claiming to represent the best interests of fire fighters. However, in the past these same individuals have failed to pass on their charitable solicitations to the groups they were intended to benefit. Ralph and Barbara Mroz operate the “Foundation ... [More]

Update: Right to Work Stopped in Oregon

Right to Work efforts have been dropped in Oregon after the state’s governor announced plans for tax reform. Anti-union forces targeted Oregon in hopes of getting a ballot initiative before voters in November. Anti-union groups pushed a measure called “The Public Employees Choice Act&r... [More]

Watch Your Cable Dollars!

If you are a Comcast or Time Warner subscriber then you should be aware of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Comcast and Time Warner are funders of ALEC, a Washington, DC-based politically ultra-conservative non-profit that thrives on operating in the shadows of American government ... [More]

How Money is Shaping Politics and Your Rights

If you’ve been following the Koch Brothers and their attempts to push legislation that is harmful to workers and their wages, you may know they are not alone in their efforts to shape politics and policies in their own best interests to the detriment of public workers. The biggest political f... [More]

Waging the War on Pensions Through the Media

Enron billionaire John Arnold doesn’t have PBS to push his anti- worker pension message anymore. Amid strong public criticism, PBS says it has returned a multi-million dollar donation to the John and Laura Arnold Foundation putting the news series “Pension Peril” on hiatus. Hundred... [More]

Burn Awareness Week

We hope our locals are marking Burn Awareness Week by performing community outreach and education on how injuries can be prevented. Over 500,000 people in the United States and Canada receive medical treatment for burn injuries each year. Most burns occur in the home usually in the kitchen or bath... [More]

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