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Fire fighters banned from Facebook at Kansas department

When news broke that one fire department in Kansas banned fire fighters from using Facebook at fire stations, IAFF Facebook fans had a lot to say about the importance of freedom speech. Wichita fire fighters are now under new restrictions on using Facebook, and any employee who violates the departm... [More]

Everybody Loves Redmond

Our 21st John P. Redmond Symposium is right around the corner, and this year it is being held in conjunction with the Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference. Join us and the 1,500 IAFF affiliate leaders and members across the United States and Canada in New York City during the week of August 14-17, wh... [More]

The Central Falls, RI Dilemma

Central Falls, RI fire fighters are being asked to do the unthinkable. Retired and active duty fire fighters are being asked to give up at least half of their pensions after contributing to the retirement system for years. Police officers are also being affected by what’s now being called &l... [More]

Guns, Crime and Fire Fighting

EMTs and fire fighters risk their lives every day to save lives and property. Now some states are proposing legislation that would allow EMTs to bear arms. In urban metro areas like Washington, DC, fire fighters are being asked to expand their duties by serving as “crime fighters” this ... [More]

Jacksonville Local 122 Host Radio Show

12th District Vice President Larry Osborne and members of the Jacksonville Association Fire Fighters Local 122 hosted AM600 WBOB Radio yesterday.Randy Wyse, president of Local 122 and fire fighter Mark Treglio discussed issues affecting America’s 14th busiest fire department.Take a listen to t... [More]

Governor Kasich’s Interesting Double Talk

Ohio Governor John Kasich made his 20th appearance Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. The governor was a part of a roundtable discussion on Jobs and the economy. Kasich, who rammed SB5 legislation that virtually eliminates collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, said he has s... [More]

Protecting collective bargaining

In a year where the labor movement has been under heavy political assault, President Barack Obama said the principle of collective bargaining must be protected. The president made his comment during his first ever Twitter Town Hall Wednesday afternoon. The Twitter community was able to ask the pre... [More]

Recipes from the Fire House Chef

Here are some recipes selected from the Firehouse Chef website and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say "mmmm good" on July 4th. Quick 'n Easy Sloppy Joe Sandwiches •    2lb. ground beef •    1 bottle Heinz Chili Sauce•    1med... [More]

Oh, Yes They Did!

Fourth of July celebrations started early in Ohio today. We Are Ohio announced it collected over 1,298,301 signatures to help put SB5 to a possible referendum in the fall. About 231,149 valid signatures are needed to qualify. The signature gathering efforts received praise from all over the web to... [More]

A Race to the Bottom

Union-busting specials have been on the menu of too many governors this season.Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed his draconian budget into law that includes big cuts to public services. Ohio Governor John Kasich is at a loss for words over reports that he and his allies are discussing putting ... [More]

Kasich thinking of new strategies for SB5 win

The Columbus Dispatch posted an interesting story highlighting a strategy that Governor John Kasich might pursue to get his collective bargaining bill passed in Ohio. The newspaper reports that Kasich and his allies are in discussions with the Ohio Ballot Board to present the issue into multiple ba... [More]

What Crazy Looks Like

Members of the IAFF staff are attending this year's Netroots Nation Convention in Minneapolis this week.And a popular discussion among those at the conference is the attack on middle class workers in states like Wisconsin.The political tactics of union busting Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin sta... [More]

A Tribute to San Francisco Fire Fighters

Anthony Valerio was an avid surfer, scuba diver, athlete and he liked making sour dough bread.Vincent Perez loved restoring vintage cars and cruising them down Mission Street in his native San Francisco.The two San Francisco fire fighters and IAFF members will be laid to rest today. IAFF General Pre... [More]

Public Employees are No Shrinking Violets

While politicians keep trying to take away their workplace rights, public workers and their supporters keep finding ways to have their voices heard. Hundreds of New Hampshire small businesses took part in a 36-hour tweet-a-thon this week urging House Speaker Bill O’Brien to shelve Right to Wo... [More]

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