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Who is Really Running Your Government?

Well the billionaire Koch Brothers couldn’t buy the 2012 presidential elections, so shutting down the federal government is the next best way to push their extreme policies on America.The New York Times published an expose on the seeds of the federal government shutdown and reported the effort... [More]

The Shutdown

Congress is a destructive mess.  Normally, that wouldn’t be news because it’s always been fairly dysfunctional, but they have taken that to a whole new level.Those elected to the top levels of American Government have now literally said “America is closed for business," unless... [More]

Companies Continue to Drop ALEC

It’s not good for businesses these days to be associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest student loan lender, became the 50th business to publicly drop its membership in ALEC. ALEC has worked to make the education system a for-pro... [More]

McCaffrey on Leadership

General McCaffrey says the hallmark of good leadership is good character. McCaffrey made a presentation on Leadership in Crisis Situations at the IAFF John P. Redmond and Dominick F. Barbera EMS Conference in Denver. He told IAFF members that when serving in leadership roles, one can't strive f... [More]

Get It Union

Labor Day is around the corner and you can really make a difference in our nation’s economy by supporting union and American-made goods. When you fire up the grill for one last time this summer think about supporting these tasty, union made food items for Labor Day. Make the end of summer a ... [More]

466 bills and counting

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) felt the heat of its critics as they protested the group’s annual convention in Chicago last week. The Center for Media and Democracy has released a new report that identifies 466 ALEC “model bills” that were introduced in state hou... [More]

August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month

Summer is winding down and this is a good opportunity for IAFF members to raise awareness for drowning prevention and safety in their communities. The month of August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month (DIAM).The goal of DIAM is to bring increased attention to drowning that will save lives. Accordin... [More]

ALEC continues to trample the rights of workers

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is still up to no good – promoting harmful legislation that threatens the rights of unions and workers.The Center for Media and Democracy reports that ALEC has introduced at least 117 bills this year in statehouses across the United States that ... [More]

Meeting the Expectations of Social Media and Emergency Response

When disaster strikes, more and more people turn to social media for help. After posting a request on a social media site, 76 percent of Americans expect help to arrive within three hours, according to a Red Cross survey. The University of San Francisco School of Online Masters in Public Administr... [More]

Keep Your Community Safe on the Fourth of July

Many IAFF affiliates effectively use community outreach campaigns to foster relationships with city leaders, local businesses, the media, civic groups and the public - and the IAFF encourages more affiliates to use these kinds of programs to improve their public image and influence how they are perc... [More]

Defining Safety Culture

Improving the safety culture and climate of the fire service is important to reduce the rate of incidents reported. Although the number of fire fighter fatalities has steadily decreased over the past 20 years, the incidence of fire fighter fatalities per 100,000 incidents has actually risen. Each ... [More]

What's it Like Being a Fire Fighter?

Fire fighters put their lives at risk to protect their communities every day. They are not only at physical risk because of the dangerous work they perform, but also at risk of losing their wages, pension and worker rights.The IAFF has designed a one-of-a-kind event – Fire Ops 101, to show el... [More]

June is National Home Safety Month

The IAFF encourages affiliates to share these tips with members of their communities. Between June 7 and June 9, the U.S. Fire Administration reported 10 stories of home fire fatalities in the United States. One way to encourage home safety is to continue to raise awareness about the importance of... [More]

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