Another Bad Idea That Just Won’t Die: Taxing Your Health Benefits
6. February 2014
It’s the issue that just won’t die, but believe it or not, some in Congress are yet again proposing the taxation of employer-provided health benefits to raise revenue for other “priorities.” IAFF members have fought time and again to quash this bad idea – we were ...
Fire Fighters as Crime Fighters
6. February 2014
As city budgets become more strained, fire fighters are being asked to perform more responsibilities beyond their job description including deterring crime in communities.Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray recently asked fire fighters to combat crime in the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast after a ...
The Push for Right to Work in Pennsylvania
5. February 2014
Pennsylvania joins a growing list of states the Koch Brothers are targeting in efforts to wipe out public employee unions and wages. The billionaire brothers – Charles and David – are pouring money into organizations that are putting pressure on lawmakers to pass legislation, including ...
Indications you might get a SAFER award…..are there such things?
31. January 2014
I had a chance to present two workshops on SAFER grants earlier this week at the Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS). We covered a lot of details, do’s and don’ts, and tips to be successful. Much to everyone’s dismay, I do not carry around a bag full of money no...
Supporters of Right to Work admit law will lower wages
17. January 2014
It is no secret that passing Right to Work legislation is a top priority for the Missouri House of Representatives this year. Right to Work weakens the wages of workers in states. We’ve known all along the true intentions of Right to Work, but lately the opposition’s been bold in admitti...
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. ...
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