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Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike, ignites social media
China : Chinese and American Tech Workers Organize Against Overwork Through GitHub
Twitter tears into Delta for its tone-deaf anti-union, pro-video game poster
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Virginia Fire hosts recreational skate with Duluth Fire

In January 2017, Viriginia Fire invited Duluth Fire hockey players up for a friendly game.
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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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City Chapter Revised Covid-19 MOU Approval Vote
06/04/20 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
The City Chapter recently signed a revised Covid-19 MOU which will be presented to the membership for final approval at the General Membership meeting on June 11, 2020 at 7:00p.m. at the Union Hall (Please note-this will be an in-person General Membership meeting).
2020 PROMOTIONAL EXAM ANNOUNCEMENT
06/04/20 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Good afternoon, Be advised the City of Cambridge has requested to participate in the November 2020 examinations for Fire Lieutenant and Fire Captain. The reading list is attached. Thank you, Acting Chief Gerard E.
Local 42 Office Hours Update
06/04/20 - IAFF Local 42
June 1, 2020:  IAFF Local No. 42's Office is now open during normal business hours Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM till 4:30 PM by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  To schedule an appointment please contact Pam Solomon via phone: 816.783.5441 or via E-mail: posolomon@iaff42.org.
UPDATE | PERA Military Buyback Legislation
06/02/20 - IAFF Local 21
Update to Military Service Credit Purchase Legislation On May 27th Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed into law the 2020 Pension and Retirement Omnibus bill. This legislation was a priority of the MPFF.
Lone Tree Acid Leak
06/02/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 5:11 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020, Local members responded to a hazardous materials incident at the Cook Creek Pool, located at 8711 Lone Tree Parkway after workers at the facility reported a muriatic acid leak. When members arrived 4 minutes later, an active acid leak was observed on the southwest side of the building.
Denver Good Deeds - Friday Morning
06/02/20 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good Morning! Sorry for the short notice! Denver Firefighters Local 858 is looking for members to help out tomorrow morning with the Denver Good Deeds Program. If you would like to help restore our city please contact Joe Huth at (979) 492-4847 or email him at 858district2vp@gmail.com.
Silent March For George Floyd
06/02/20 - IAFF Local 21
Local 21 Members, we have been invited to participate in today’s silent march, information regarding this event is in the below message.
Thunder Ridge Way Structure Fire
06/01/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 12:39 on Sunday May 31st, Local members responded to a condominium fire at 8438 Thunder Ridge Way in Highlands Ranch. The 911 caller told dispatchers a fire extinguisher had been used and the fire was still spreading. When members arrived, they confirmed that a fire was burning in a second-floor unit and that all residents were outside.
Central Pennsy
06/01/20 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
The Central Pennsy Meeting for June 2, 2020 has been postponed.  No new date has been set. The Central Pennsy meeting minutes for March 2020 are now posted in the member's section of the website.  A log in to view them is required.
Monday Morning Headlines 6/1/2020
06/01/20 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Monday Morning Headlines I hope you all have made it safe through the weekend during these tough times for our city.  This week we would normally have our Union Meeting in our Event Center however we continue to follow social distance recommendations and will conduct an Informational Session on Zoom this month.
TM Contract Update
05/28/20 - IAFF local 2464
Dear President Stacey I hope all is well and that you are staying safe. As you know, the Town of Walpole has been working under an emergency declaration since early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this emergency declaration the Town has been unable to hold its annual Town Meeting this Spring.
Lt. Jim Haines E52 Last Tour
05/27/20 - Boston Fire Fighters
Congratulations Lt. Haines Engine 52 on your retirement https://josephbrooks.smugmug.
Links Parkway Water Main Break
05/26/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 7:31 p.m. on Sunday, May 10th Local members were dispatched to investigate a water problem near Colorado Boulevard. and Links Parkway in Centennial. As members approached the scene, turbulent debris filled water was observed flowing over Colorado Blvd. The source was a 12-inch diameter water main break in front of 4211 Links Parkway.
Cherry Creek Trail Brush Fire
05/26/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 10th Local members responded to a vegetation fire near the Cherry Creek Trail, east of the 7900 block of South Kittredge Way. Smoke was widely visible and when members arrived, they found numerous wood logs burning and a slow moving grass fire. Members prevented the fire from spreading any further and they spent over 2 hours extinguishing hot spots.
New District 1 Vehicle
05/26/20 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
South Metro is proud to unveil our first ever clean cab fire command vehicle. “District 1” as it’s called on the radio, is staffed each day by a District Chief who responds from Station 34 in Lone Tree. The District Chief is the highest-ranking officer who leads daily operations across South Metro’s 287 square mile area.
Springfield Fire investigators searching for cause of blaze, 6 displaced
05/26/20 - IAFF Local 648
Springfield Fire investigators searching for cause of blaze, 6 displaced Posted May 24, 1:13 PM One person was injured and six displaced in a fire at a home on Pine Street late Friday night. (Springfield Fire Department photo) 0 shares By Jeanette DeForge | jdeforge@repub.
Monday Morning Headlines 5/25/20
05/25/20 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Monday Morning Headlines On this Memorial Day, we salute those including our Sisters and Brothers who have served our nation. Please take a moment this weekend to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.
LODD - Cromwell Professional Fire Fighters, Local 4662
05/24/20 - UPFFA
The Cromwell Professional Firefighters regret to announce the passing of our brother, Todd Gagnon. Todd started in Cromwell as a Firefighter and EMT in 1991, became Cromwell's Fire Marshal in 1994, and joined the ranks of Local 4662 in 2015.
MSCFF Legislative Report
05/22/20 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The Missouri State Council Weekly Legislative Report from May 15, 2020 and the MSCFF Final 2020 Legislative Report are now viewable in the Member Resources of our website and viewable to all registered members.
regular meeting 6-2-2020
05/21/20 - Medford Firefighters Local 824
Friday Update 5-22-20
05/21/20 - IAFF Local 1014
19th Annual Northeast IAFF Memorial Golf Tournament
05/21/20 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
Bethlehem Fire Local 735 will be hosting the 2020 Northeast IAFF Memorial Golf Tournament.  This will be the 19th year for this annual event. This year’s tournament will at the Riverview Country Club 1 Riverview Place Easton, PA 18040   It is a Captain and Crew format with a shotgun start at 10am.  Registration is $95pp/$380per team.
2020 Memorial Service Canceled
05/20/20 - IAFF Local 21
Local 21 Brothers and Sisters, We regret to announce the cancellation of this year’s memorial service due to ongoing social distancing expectations and COVID-19 related concerns. Please take a personal moment over the weekend to remember those who have gone before us, so they may never be forgotten. Thank you.
SAFER Application Period Now Open
05/20/20 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The Fiscal Year 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) application period is  now open. The application deadline is Friday, May 15, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. (ET). There is $350 million available in federal grants to add fire fighters to departments in need. Career, combination and volunteer fire departments are eligible to apply. For additional information, click here.
COVID-19 Return-to-Work Procedures
05/20/20 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
Stay informed and Updated via the IAFF COVID-19 Response Page Download COVID-19: Return-to-Work Procedure PDF here.
UFLAC Fire Foundation – LAFD Firefighters Injured on May 16, 2020
05/20/20 - UPFFA
I am confident that you all have heard On May 16, 2020 230 LAFD Firefighters responded to a structure fire in downtown Los Angeles.  Soon after arrival the world watched 11 of our Firefighters from Fire Station 9 engulfed in flames when a large explosion occurred.  Fortunately, these Firefighters were able to escape, although each one of them suffered burns of various degrees.
IAFF Center of Excellence Hosting Online Education Series
05/20/20 - UPFFA
An Update from us on the Virus & Firefighter Physicals
05/20/20 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
An Update from us on the Virus & Firefighter Physicals   Orginal Message Sent 05/20/2020 Trustee Elections Before we get on to the updates, I would like to take a moment to congratulate District Chief Anthony (Tony) Tozzi for retaining his seat on the Board of Trustees for the Benefits Fund.
Monday Morning Headlines 5/18/20
05/18/20 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
.Monday Morning Headlines 5/18/20 This Week : Executive Board Meeting – Thursday 21st at 8:30am on Zoom Special Guest Murphy Robinson
5/13/2020 17 West Couch Street
05/17/20 - Norwalk Professional Firefighters
Press Release Wednesday 5/13 at 9:50 PM the Norwalk Fire Department responded to a structure fire on West Couch St. The fire involved the kitchen and the attic space above. The fire was extinguished and brought under control within 15 minutes of the fire department arrival. There were no injuries. Two occupants were displaced.
5-16-2020 6 Watson CT
05/17/20 - Norwalk Professional Firefighters
Norwalk Fire Department Press Release May 16, 2020 The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 6 Watson Ct. Saturday evening, at 6 pm. The fire in the single family split level home gutted the kitchen and caused heat and smoke damage throughout the second floor of the residence.
Missouri Fallen Firefighter Memorial
05/16/20 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
REMEMBERING - - those who have served! Normally the Memorial Foundation would be honoring those in the Missouri Fire Service who have passed in our Candlelight Service tonight May 16, 2020 and more formally in our Sunday morning services in Kingdom City.
Benefits Fund Trustee Elections-Position of Trustee #9
05/15/20 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
Anthony (Tony) Tozzi is the winner.
Position Open-Palm Beach County Firefighters Employee Benefits Fund
05/15/20 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
Issued:          5/7/2020        Closes:          5/20/20    Position:                   Special Projects / Research Coordinator Salary:                       $15.00 per hour (Part Time 20 hours per week) Hours:                       Flex Schedule
Congratulations, brother Sacco!
05/15/20 - Canton Professional Firefighters Association
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Friday Update 5-15-20
05/15/20 - IAFF Local 1014
Springfield Fire Department respond to dumpster fire outside Chestnut Park high-rise on Dwight Street
05/15/20 - IAFF Local 648
Police & Fire Springfield Fire Department respond to dumpster fire outside Chestnut Park high-rise on Dwight Street Posted May 14, 2020 Springfield firefighters pour water into a burning dumpster fire on Dwight Street 0 shares By Patrick Johnson | pjohnson@repub.
Supporting Frontline Workers
05/14/20 - IAFF Local 21
Members of Saint Paul Firefighters Local 21, Saint Paul Fire Administration & Wahlburger's Restaurants teamed up to provide 120 meals to staff at Bethesda Hospital. It is an honor to support Bethesda staff working on the front lines.
9th District Zoom Meeting
05/13/20 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
Sister and Brothers, On April 27th, DVP Rahne held a 9th district Zoom meeting. We were honored to have GP Schaitberger as well as multiple AGP's on the call explaining to us what the IAFF has been doing and the resources available to our locals. Please watch the video in the link below.
IAFF Local 781 LODD David Jameson, Jr.
05/12/20 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters sends our condolences to the brothers and sisters of IAFF Local 781, representing the Fire Fighters of Independence, Missouri for the line-of-duty death of Fire Fighter David Jameson, Jr. Brother Jameson died of an apparent heart attack late last week while on an emergency call.
COVID-19 Questions
05/11/20 - IAFF Local 21
Local 21 Members, Saint Paul Fire Administration be meeting with a Physician on Wednesday May 13th to answer any questions you have regarding COVID-19 issues or concerns.  On the Local 21 website there is a banner to click to submit questions, you can remain anonymous or fill in your contact information when submitting a question.
Friday Update 5-8-20
05/08/20 - IAFF Local 1014
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
05/07/20 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
CLICK HERE To read all of the Benefits Fund COVID-19 email updates Click here for a short but informative video from our partners at UnitedHealthCare. Besides following the simple hygiene practices outlined in the video you should consider a visit to the clinic sooner rather than later when signs of a cold or any respiratory illness begins.
City Chapter Special Meeting Announcement & Brief Q&A for General Matters
05/07/20 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
A City Chapter Special Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 11:00a.m. via ‘Zoom Online Video Meeting’ in accordance with Article II, Section 4 & Article V, Section 6 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws. The purpose of this meeting will be for final membership approval of the AFR REVISED COVID-19 MOU. The special meeting will start promptly at 11:00a.m.
May 7, 2020: Tommy Fund Families Need Your Help
05/07/20 - UPFFA
IAFF Convention Postponed
05/06/20 - PFFNH
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IAFF Executive Board voted to postpone the 55th IAFF Convention until January 25-29, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. With this decision, there are a lot of questions. While a number of decisions on specifics (dates, processes, etc.) still need to be made, The IAFF is providing the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) as initial guidance.
Fire Fighter Resilence
05/06/20 - Suncoast Firefighters
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