19. October 2010
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...
Real fire fighters, Real West Virginians
12. October 2010
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 ...
Washington Post Does a Hatchet Job on Public Employee Pensions
7. October 2010
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 ...
Washington Redskins Linebacker Robert Henson Bonds with International Burn Camp Kids
29. September 2010
Robert Henson knows all about guilt, anger, intense feelings of loss and a lack of purpose. He struggled with these feelings for years after he lost his younger brother to a house fire 12 years ago. Now Henson is an outside linebacker with the Washington Redskins. Many burn survivo...
At the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, Hitting all the Right Notes
10. September 2010
More than 700 IAFF members have just finished practicing for the 2010 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance tomorrow in Colorado Springs. Pipes and drums, flag bearers, presenters, bell teams and readers went through the routine multiple times while the sun beat down on them all day. They come fr...
New Video Shows Negative Media Coverage of Fire Fighters and their Pensions
24. August 2010
We have produced a compelling new video that illustrates the barrage of negative media that fire fighters are facing. General President Schaitberger premiered the video this morning during the general session of the 50th IAFF Convention in San Diego. The video is brief, but it accurately...
Delegates Give GP's State of the Union Address an Enthusiastic Response
23. August 2010
IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger today told delegates the IAFF will remain on the frontlines for the 298,000 fire fighters in the U.S. and Canada who continue to face pressure at home from public officials who are trying to decimate wages and pensions and using the recession as cover ...
In Ann Arbor, Art vs. Fire Fighters
26. July 2010
Is the tide turning? This article appears in the conservative American Spectator. Fox News did their own story as well. Liberal Ann Arbor is taking a beating. The debate is a bit unorthodox – art versus public safety – but it’s giving our Ann Arbor local a platf...
Pension Fight, part two
28. June 2010
Pension stories are coming fast and furious. This one from the labor reporter at the New York Times illustrates that public officials have ulterior motives [gasp!] -- they're using the pension crisis to tee off on public employee unions because they're getting political mileage out of it.
22. June 2010
Public employees are repeatedly hammered for their pensions. That's because public officials have succeeded in shifting the debate -- the discussion no longer is about their failure to make regular payments into pension funds. Now the conversation is about cutting pension benefi...
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