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Labor unions could face bigger battles this year as anti-union groups aggressively push policies across statehouses. One of those groups, Freedom Works, has raised more than $40 million to attack unions. Freedom Works is affiliated with Tea Party conservatives and supported Michigan Governor Rick S... [More]

A Niche for Fire Service History Buffs

Fire service history is an area of interest for many, but what some may not know is that there are hobby groups out there that focus on specific aspects. Fire Service in Philately (FSIP) is a group of active and retired fire service professionals and fire buffs who research and collect stamps and ot... [More]

Start your New Year in Stride with ALTS

IAFF members from across the United States and Canada will attend the 2013 Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS) in Phoenix, Arizona later this month. This event is designed to build solidarity among brother and sister fire fighters as they explore skills to make them more e... [More]

SEIA leaves ALEC

Another one bites the dust! Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced this week it is leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).The organization says: “ALEC adopted a stance that intends to take us backwards. The fact is, Americans overwhelmingly support the growth ... [More]

Fighting Fire With Books

A plan that may send hundreds of Baltimore fire fighters back to school in order for them to move up the ranks sparked a good discussion on Facebook  this week.Baltimore fire officials say in order to prepare the next generation of leaders in the fire service, they need formal education in addi... [More]

ALEC Regroups

Big businesses continue to shy away from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Bank of America (BofA), one of the largest banks in the United States, is reportedly cutting ties to ALEC. The banking organization says it is not renewing its membership next year because of budget constrain... [More]

Emergency Responders and Social Media

Social media has changed how we interact with each other daily. And it’s no surprise that more people are choosing to use Twitter and Facebook in emergency situations. As Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the New Jersey shore and parts of New York – people turned to social media to sh... [More]

Michigan Voters Reject Tougher Emergency Manager Law

Michigan voters rejected the governor’s attempt to toughen the emergency manager law this week. Fifty-two percent of state voters said no to keeping the controversial law, while 48 percent said yes.  The emergency manager law allowed financial managers appointed by the state to avoid co... [More]

Cincinnati Local 48 office is hub for OFA

IAFF affiliates are playing a pivotal role in this year's presidential election. In the critical battleground state of Ohio, Cincinnati Local 48’s office serves as the logistical hub in Hamilton County for the Obama for America (OFA) campaign. Since last Monday, Local 48's office has been ... [More]

Halloween Safety

It’s the scariest day of the year and IAFF locals will do their part to make sure their communities have a fun and safe Halloween. Whether fire fighters simply plan to pass out candy at the station, or donate their time for a community event or organization - you can always count on IAFF memb... [More]

Mitt’s plan wrong for unions and workers

Mitt Romney has proven he’s no friend to organized labor and fire fighters. In a new video, the Transport Workers Union shares Romney’s plans for unions and workers. And it is not good. Watch the video as Romney says he supports national Right-to-Work laws and wants to end union contr... [More]

When Acts of Kindness Leads to Trouble

Public support is growing for a Detroit, Michigan paramedic who was reportedly brought up on charges by his department for giving an elderly fire victim a blanket. Detroit’s EMS chief says employees need prior approval before giving away EMS property. The blanket was reportedly donated by a f... [More]

How the IAFF gives back

Throughout the International Association of Fire Fighters' 94-year history, it has made charitable efforts a cornerstone of its mission. The IAFF Charitable Foundation supports IAFF members and their families in their time of need, promotes fire and burn prevention, advocates for fire fighter healt... [More]

Alec’s Road to Privatization

In The Public Interest, a comprehensive resource center on privatization and responsible contracting, has released a report exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) extensive plans to privatize core public functions. The report chronicles ALEC’s plan to privatize virt... [More]

Is ALEC regrouping?

The shadowy organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been quiet in recent weeks and we now know why. Roll Call reports that ALEC has been quietly laying the groundwork for establishing a new partnership with the Republican Study Committee (RSC). The newspaper repor... [More]

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