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The Hiring Gap

A new report by CBS News finds current chronic unemployment is worse than the Great Depression.While the jobs outlook may be improving statistically nationwide, it isn’t for those who are looking for work. CBS finds about 6.2 million Americans (about 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in ... [More]

What Would You Do?

Three years ago, the City of Alameda Fire Department had a top notch water rescue program. That changed in 2009 when funding for fire fighters water rescue and marine operations was chopped from the City of Alameda budget. At the time, fire fighters spoke out about the dangers of the city not payi... [More]

Will You Stop Working Even After Retirement?

A new Gallup poll indicates American workers plan to work even after they retire. Eight out of 10 Americans think they will work full or part-time after retirement. What’s most surprising is that most of those surveyed say they will do so because they want to rather than out of necessity. Ga... [More]

Voter’s Remorse

We couldn’t help but notice the slew of stories and polls published in the past week asking voters who is the worst state governor in America. There are a lot of candidates to choose from this year as IAFF members see their pensions go up in smoke and their political rights evaporate. We wan... [More]

Swaying the SB5 Debate

Ohio takes another turn in the spotlight as a new committee has formed to promote the divisive SB5 legislation to state voters. “Building a Better Ohio,” a non-profit group was launched Tuesday to raise money and strategies over how to influence voters who want to ditch SB5. A long-tim... [More]

Behind the Scenes at Fox News

New York magazine published an interesting piece on Roger Ailes, president of Fox News and Republican Party insider.The story paints an intricate portrait of how Ailes engaged top Republican leaders to become a part of FOX.It also takes the reader inside the messy break-up with Glenn Beck and the ne... [More]

Recipes from the Fire House Chef

Here are two recipes selected from the Firehouse Chef web site and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say ‘mmmm good.’Recipes from the IAFF Menu Planner CHICKEN W/ RED PEPPERS, MUSHROOMS, FETA    INGREDIENTS4     (6 ounce) boneless breast of chicken, sk... [More]

Fire Fighters ARE REALLY a tough group

Talk about the 2012 presidential elections is gaining momentum as more GOP candidates announce intentions to challenge President Obama for America’s top job. On Facebook, we asked what issues are of greatest concern for the 2012 elections. Of the 381 responses to our survey, 159 said the econ... [More]

EMS stripped from Endicott fire fighters

Endicott, NY fire fighters will no longer be responsible for emergency management services.The city’s mayor has decided to strip EMS duties from fire fighters. Paul Higgins, union president of Local 1280, says the mayor’s decision boils down to petty politics and is retaliation agains... [More]

Who is promoting Gov. Kasich’s political agenda?

The Ohio Plunderbund blog has a nice write up on a new group tapped to promote the jobs agenda and budget of union-busting Gov. John Kasich.One Ohio United, a 501 (C)(4) non-profit organization, is leading the jobs growth push. The group also says it helps state and local governments function more e... [More]

Building a Better Atmosphere in Your Fire Station

Think you can improve your fire station vibe and promote a more collegial atmosphere among the fire fighters you work with everyday? Read this top ten list compiled by the Fire Critic. These tips are a good reminder of what’s needed to keep a good team going.

Fire Fighters Aren’t Sipping the Kool-Aid

There must be something floating in the water. Two days after Ohio Gov. John Kasich lauds public employees for their service while waging a battle over workers’ rights, the much disliked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now proposing to start a program honoring state employees for their service... [More]

What a Joke

Ohio Gov. John Kasich really knows how to get one’s blood pressure rising. The much-talked about union-busting governor is making headlines again this week. Kasich issued a proclamation on Monday extolling the work of public employees and teachers in particular for Public Service Appreciatio... [More]

Recipes from the Fire House Chef

Here are two recipes selected from the Firehouse Chef web site and the IAFF Menu Planner that will make you say ‘mmmm good.’ Recipes from the IAFF Menu Planner SALMON SALAD WITH APPLES AND CRANBERRIES INGREDIENTS4 ( 4-ounce)   salmon fillets, skinned½ c   ... [More]

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