The Right to Work for Less
16. January 2014
We’re barely into the New Year and opponents of organized labor are up to the same old tricks. Last week, we told you about efforts to bring Right to Work legislation to Oregon. Now, efforts are underway in Missouri, with Right to Work the first bill being considered for 2014 in the “Sh...
What’s the Career Outlook for Fire Fighters?
14. January 2014
According to the Department of Labor, employment of fire fighters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022. While slower than the average for all occupations, the aging of the population will lead to an increased demand for emergency responders as the elderly tend to use more emergency medic...
Is Right to Work Coming to Oregon?
10. January 2014
The Salem Statesman Journal is setting the record straight on efforts to bring Right- to- Work legislation to the state of Oregon. Oregon is one of three states targeted for Right -to- Work laws this year. Other efforts are underway in Missouri and Ohio. Supporters of Right-to-Work are using their ...
So You Didn’t Get a SAFER Award….Why Not?
9. January 2014
Railway Incidents Involving Hazardous Materials
8. January 2014
As many of you are aware, there have been several recent incidents that have involved railway derailments of tank cars and the release of hazardous materials with fire. The IAFF would like to remind emergency response personnel of the importance of effective size-up to provide a risk-based response....
Winter Safety and Health Checklist for Fire Fighters
7. January 2014
The Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters has done a good job of asking residents in their state to help fire fighters in cold and snowy conditions. You can do the same by sharing these tips with your community in this article.Fire Fighters should be careful to not neglect themselves when r...
Winter Holiday Safety Tips
17. December 2013
ALEC to continue to push anti-union policies in 2014
5. December 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is crafting policy for 2014 at its “States and Nation Policy” Summit this week. Held in Washington, elected lawmakers, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), former vice-presidential candidate Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Governor Mike Pe...
Tis’ the Season
4. December 2013
Plenty of politicians are getting into the holiday spirit this season. Union-busting governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is gearing up for his re-election next year and may as well be starring in the modern day version of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Friends of Scott Walker circulated a fundrais...
Jacksonville Fire Fighters Schools Pew on Pensions
2. December 2013
The Pew Foundation is trying to influence the pension debate in Jacksonville, Fla., but fire fighters won’t allow fuzzy math to affect their retirements. Pew will make a presentation this week to the Jacksonville City Council about how the retirement fund can be managed and acquire money. ...
Ensure a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving
27. November 2013
Community outreach campaigns are an effective tool for promoting public safety, and can help foster relationships with city leaders, local businesses, the media and civic groups. The IAFF encourages affiliates to use these kinds of programs to improve their public image and influence how they are pe...
Federal Fire Fighters Under Attack... Again
25. November 2013
Three U.S. Senators; Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) recently introduced a bill, the Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act (S. 1678) to eliminate defined benefit plans for federal fire fighters and other government employees. Contrary to the bill’s na...
Two IAFF Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss
22. November 2013
Building a stronger labor union and fire fighter community is vital for our profession. In January 2014, IAFF members will gather in Lake Buena Vista, Florida to discuss issues that affect members in the firehouse and globally by understanding equality, diversity and leadership, at the annual ...
Plot Against Pension Supporters Find Survey Supports Workers
21. November 2013
Let this be a warning to all those who argue that public employee pensions should be slashed: the public is NOT on your side. Over the past several months, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John and Laura Arnold Foundation have spearheaded efforts to make public employee retirements less secure. H...
FIRE Act Grant Application Deadline Is Dec. 6
20. November 2013
Don’t miss the opportunity to receive federal grant funding to bring the IAFF Fire Ground Survival (FGS) Train-the-Trainer program, the IAFF Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) and the IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) certification program to your fire department by applying for an Assis...
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