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IAFF's Jane Blume on WI Gov. Walker

Walker has negative effect on Wisconsin and public employees (by IAFF's Jane Blume)
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Northland News Center reports on Firefighter Cancer Risk (w/video)

IAFF Local 101 President Pete Johnson talks about exposure to carcinogens in the fire service.
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Outdoor hockey lives on in Duluth!

Local 101 member Dean Cooke coaches upstart hockey players in this news story from Kare 11 News about hockey in the great outdoors...
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Looting the Pension Funds

Rolling Stone: Looting the Pension Funds All across America, Wall Street is grabbing money meant for public workers. By Matt Taibbi
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TED talk: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

Chrystia Freeland, a respected journalist and author, discusses how the middle class in the West is being hollowed out.
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Why the decline of unions is everyone's problem

Eric Liu writes in TIME magazine how and why the decline of unions is everyone's problem in this editorial.
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What's behind the unwinding of labor laws across the United States? (w/video)

Why are labor laws under attack in this country? In a word: ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council). Using a brilliant, yet disingenuous strategy, huge corporations are taking down the labor movement--especially public unions--and environmental protections state by state. This is a must see report.
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Citizen Koch: A Film about Money, Power, and Democracy

This is the film the Koch Brothers don't want you to see. See the trailer here.
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Why buy union? Who cares about sweatshops? (w/video)

Labor rights advocate Charles Kernaghan gives a eye-opening speech at IAFF Convention about sweatshop labor in China and Bangladesh. This is a must-see.
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Want To Become A Professional Fire Fighter?

The IAFF has put together a presentation to help answer questions on becoming a Professional Fire Fighter. http://www.iaff.org/et/becomeFF/index.
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Don't Get Fired for Social Media: Think Before You Post!
In recent months we’ve seen some stories about workers who’ve gotten into trouble because of what they have posted on social media.
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PERA responds to attacks on pensions

PERA of MN responds to recent Star-Tribune editorial on pensions.
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Day 5 Winner
12/05/16 - IAFF Local 135
The Day 5 Winner of the 25 Guns for Christmas is Paul Stephens ticket #1172.
TOY DRIVE
12/05/16 - New London Fire Fighters
The NLFD and NLPD will be having their annual Toy Drive on December 10th between 9am-2pm at Toys R Us in Waterford (5 Dayton Rd). Stop by to donate a toy and help make a kid's Christmas a little brighter this year.  FF Joe Nott will be on hand again this year to volunteer. Please contact him for more information.
Man the Kettles!
12/05/16 - New London Fire Fighters
The NLFD will be in front of the New London ShopRite on North Frontage road December 8th between 10am-4pm manning the Salvation Army kettle. Stop by to meet us, lend a hand or to donate! Contact FF Todd Johnson for more information.
Blood Drive
12/05/16 - IAFF Local 902
Join us aboard the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital Blood Mobile at the Malden Fire Department, 1 Sprague Street, on Monday, December 19, 2016 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Toys for Joy 2016
12/05/16 - Kent Fire Fighters
Local 1747, the Kent Firefighters Foundation and the Kent Regional Fire Authority are proud to once again be kicking off our Toys for Joy campaign. Toys for Joy is an annual event where new, unwrapped toys are collected, sorted, wrapped and delivered to local food banks and outreach programs to be distributed to local families in our community for the holidays.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR SEMINAR PEP WORKSHOPS ON JANUARY 10TH, 2017
12/05/16 - Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
The Local President and/or Local Secretary Treasurer can sign up all their members. Please signup for courses by DECEMBER 30th. If you have multiple members attending, we would appreciate if you would not sign them all up for the same workshop track.
Operation Warm 2016
12/05/16 - Scranton Firefighters IAFF Local # 60
UNION MEETING REMINDER
12/05/16 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
UNION MEETING REMINDER
12/05/16 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Membership Meeting
12/04/16 - IAFF Local F-102
A Membership meeting has been scheduled for 28 December 2016 at Crash Station 62 & will commence at 1730 hours. Members will be able to attend remotely via the Union meeting app RingCentral. A running agenda has been posted below & can be found on the Union website calendar. If you wish to have something added to the agenda prior to the meeting please contact me.
Special Investigation
12/04/16 - IAFF 1826
Day 3 Winner
12/03/16 - IAFF Local 135
The Day 3 Winner of the 25 Guns for Christmas is Noell Shaw ticket #61.
Impasse update
12/03/16 - IAFF 1826
Assistant DVP Position has been filled by Jonathan Huffer
12/03/16 - IAFF 1826
Holiday Party
12/03/16 - IAFF Local F283
Brothers and Sisters, The Annual Holiday Party is tonight at 6:00 pm at the American Lake Club on North Fort Lewis. This is going to be another great year with lots of raffle items to go along with a traditional holiday dinner that is provided for everyone. Please come one and come all. Everyone and their family is welcome to join us and enjoy the holidays.
Day 2 Winner
12/02/16 - IAFF Local 135
The Day 2 Winner of the 25 Guns for Christmas is Brian Collier, ticket #672.
2017 Ball, news, notes, tickets, and hotel rooms
12/02/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good evening all members, Happy Holidays.  This is an email to inform you Ball season has begun, I hope you are as excited as I am, as I love balls. This years ball includes the awards ceremony and retiree celebration of life. Tickets for the 2017 DFD ball are now on sale, the date for the event is Saturday February 25th @ the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver.
2017 Ball, news, notes, tickets, and hotel rooms
12/02/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good evening all members, Happy Holidays.  This is an email to inform you Ball season has begun, I hope you are as excited as I am, as I love balls. This years ball includes the awards ceremony and retiree celebration of life. Tickets for the 2017 DFD ball are now on sale, the date for the event is Saturday February 25th @ the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver.
Firset Responder Challenge
12/02/16 - Boston Fire Fighters
Donate
12/02/16 - Toy Program
Bowling Team Toy Drive
12/02/16 - Toy Program
Day 1 Winner
12/01/16 - IAFF Local 135
The Day 1 Winner of the 25 Guns for Christmas is Mark Garcia.
Welcome Hastings Local 5113
12/01/16 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
Please welcome Hastings Local 5113 to the MPFF and IAFF. Craig Latch President, Mike Christian Vice President and Brandon Boyd Secretary/Treasurer. Picture are the new members of the IAFF and MPFF receiving their charter from 5th District VP Thornberg.
The St. Cloud Fire Department is currently accepting applications.
12/01/16 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
The St. Cloud Fire Department is currently accepting applications.  This is skilled firefighting work in combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires, in responding to render emergency medical services, in responding to and mitigating other emergencies, and the operation and maintenance of fire department equipment, apparatus, and quarters.
New VP
11/30/16 - IAFF Local 1565
Congratulations to Justin Dial.
Red Dog Restaurant presents Santa's Holiday Brunch
11/29/16 - Toy Program
Engine Co 7 Recieves New Engine 11/29/2016
11/29/16 - Scranton Firefighters IAFF Local # 60
Engine Co. 7 recieved a brand new 2016 KME Pumper today.
UPFFA of Ct. Member Questionnaire/Survey
11/29/16 - UPFFA
Dear UPFFA of Ct. Member: We have developed a member questionnaire/survey; the purpose of this questionnaire/survey will enable the Officers, Executive Board, and Staff the ability to provide the highest level of service to our affiliated locals.
Mike Vonesh Retirement Party
11/29/16 - Franklin Park Firefighters
Hank Jandrich Family Help Needed
11/28/16 - IAFF Local 21
On Saturday, December 3rd the Jandrich family will be moving from 1948 Nebraska to 1038 Bayard. If you have some free time and are willing to help Hank’s family out with the move please arrive at the Nebraska home around 0900.
Partyyyyy!!!!
11/28/16 - IAFF Local F283
We are ready to go for the Holiday Party!! It's happening this Saturday, December 3rd, from 6pm to 10pm at the American Lake Club on Lewis North. Families are very welcome. Dinner is catered, delicious and complimentary to all. Raffle tickets are $2 cash money. All of this year's proceeds are going to support Captain Eric Sheppard's son, Aiden Sheppard.
2016 Toys For Tots Drive
11/28/16 - IAFF Local 21
The 2016 Toys For Tots drive is here. Starting November 29th drop off boxes will be located at all 15 Saint Paul Fire Stations. We will be accepting NEW wrapped toys for all age groups until December 19th.
MFD Kids Christmas Party
11/28/16 - IAFF Local 271
All Missoula Fire Department members (PAST and PRESENT) and their families are invited to our Annual Family Christmas Party. Ride the carousel til you puke! Where: Missoula Carousel When: Dec. 12th from 6pm to 8pm Who: Your family and SANTA! See attached flier for details.  See you there.
Longmont Lights Parade
11/28/16 - Longmont Professional Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 1806
Longmont Lights Parade 2016 Dec. 10th @ 1700 Local 1806 Holiday Party prior to the parade at Fire St.
SAVE THE DATE
11/28/16 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Merritt Parkway Accident
11/28/16 - IAFF Local 1081
On November 27th at 7:42PM the Westport Fire Department received a call for the accident with injuries on the Merritt Parkway Northbound between Exit 41 and Exit 42. The Westport Fire Department responded with Engine 2, Rescue 3 and Car 3 with a total of 8 firefighters and officers.
The Battle For Benefits
11/27/16 - IAFF Local 21
   WATCH FOX 9 KMSP's STORY  While Shapira's pension plan recognized his cancer as an occupational disease, when he applied for workers' compensation with the City of St. Paul to cover his medical bills, his claim was denied.   READ PIONEER PRESS'S COVERAGE Reilly wasn’t able to return to work as a St.
Toy Drive at The Edge Bar
11/27/16 - Toy Program
Toy Drive at Tank 18
11/27/16 - Toy Program
IAFF Retiree Health Care Options Handbook
11/26/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Toy Bank Season Is Upon Us
11/26/16 - Hampton Fire Fighters
We are entering our toy drive season for our toy bank program! Please consider donating to a child in need right here in Hampton by dropping off a new and unwrapped toy at one of our many drop off locations in Hampton, or at either Fire station. Our biggest need is gifts for teenagers as our program accepts children up to 16 years old.
Date Night Interest Poll
11/24/16 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
Please complete the following form to help us determine the level of interest in holding a Date Night for members and their significant others in January/Febuary 2017.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
11/24/16 - IAFF 14th District
Happy Thanksgiving to all in the 14th District. I am thankful for all of you especially those in leadership within your local and state associations. To those on duty today please be safe.
Operation Warm
11/23/16 - IAFF Local 2647
IAFF 2674 Pittsfield Fire Fighters distributed more than 100 new coats for Operation Warm.
Happy Thanksgiving 2016
11/23/16 - IAFF Local 1014
VSP VISION ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
11/23/16 - Detroit Fire Fighters Association
OPTICAL COVERAGE   Members choosing the city sponsored Heritage Optical Plan, can also purchase V.S.P. Optical Insurance for a one-time payment of $162.00, for a 12 month period, coverage beginning January 1, 2017.   To purchase the additional VSP Vision, you must complete an enrollment form and send a check, made payable to C.O.P.S.
Update-General Election
11/23/16 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
Dear Members, This letter is to inform you that IAFF Local 244 will not be holding its annual General Election for 2016, as all positions for this election have been elected through acclamation by the membership in accordance with the Constitution & Bylaws.   The nominations for the 2016 General Election opened in September and closed at the November General Membership meeting.
December 06, 2016
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