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Ohio Says No to Issue 2

Ohioans spoke with a clear, concise voice rejecting Issue 2 last night. It is a tremendous victory for labor unions everywhere and is testament to the hard work and dedication of Ohio fire fighters and public workers who demanded a voice in how their futures are shaped. Ohio showed politicians tha... [More]

Ohio Fire Fighters Get Out the Vote for Issue 2

We’re in the final days of our SB5 fight and our Ohio fire fighters have worked hard to have their voices heard on an incredibly important issue. General President Schaitberger will join Ohio fire fighters this weekend to encourage all IAFF members and their families to campaign in their comm... [More]

Why politicians don’t think much of public employees

It’s been a week for politicians to put their foot when it comes to expressing their views on public workers. With 14 million Americans are unemployed and nearly 15,000 fire fighter and paramedic positions lost, targeted for elimination or left unfilled, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell... [More]

Schaitberger, Biden talk job creation in Michigan

IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger joined Vice-President Joe Biden in Flint, Michigan for a press conference on the president’s jobs bill.Flint Local 352 fire fighter/paramedic Cynthia Earegood also participated in the event, along with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. Earegood’s job w... [More]

Making sure you are safe online

As IAFF Locals are doing all they can to raise breast cancer awareness this month in their communities, fire fighters should also be mindful to protect their identities online. October is also Cyber Security Awareness Month. All Americans are being encouraged to participate in safe online practice... [More]

How 9/11 has changed your job

How has the fire service and the role of fire fighters and EMS personnel changed in the 10 years since 9/11? We asked this question on Facebook and below are some of the comments. We will explore this topic more in the next issue of the International Fire Fighter magazine out next month. You can s... [More]

Watching Redmond online

If you couldn’t attend our John P. Redmond Symposium and Dominick Barbera Emergency Medical Services Conference in New York last month, you can watch video of selected speakers and workshops on our coverage page, including the special panel on “Protecting Responders and the 9/11 Health C... [More]

New poll finds most workers unhappy with benefits, promotion

Are you satisfied with your health benefits and chances for job promotion? A new Gallup survey shows most U.S. workers are more dissatisfied with their health benefits and chances for promotion than they were before the economic meltdown. This should come as no surprise to public employees who hav... [More]

President Obama speaks on labor

President Obama spoke to union workers on Labor Day showing his greatest support for the challenges facing the labor movement. See his Labor Day speech in Detroit here. President Obama has been criticized by unions for his administration’s silence on the attacks on public workers and the lab... [More]

10 Year Remembrance

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 marked the most horrific day in the history of the fire profession in the U.S. Three hundred and forty-three FDNY members lost their lives when they rushed to the World Trade Center after two airliners crashed into the Twin Towers. And 10 years after the... [More]

Are you ready for Redmond?

Almost 1,500 fire fighters will gather for the IAFF John P. Redmond Symposium and Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference  in New York City - home to one of the largest fire departments in the US. This conference comes at a historic time as the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks... [More]

ALEC parties in New Orleans this week

Earlier this week, we gave you an insider’s guide to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). For several decades the group has developed close-knit relationships with mostly conservative and business moguls to adopt “business-friendly” bills in statehouses across the Unit... [More]

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