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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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September 24, 2016: Line of Duty - Wilmington Firefighter's Association, Local 1590
09/24/16 - UPFFA
The Officers & Members of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut offers our thoughts & prayers to our brothers & sisters from the Wilmington Firefighter’s Association, IAFF Local 1590 who lost two members this morning and others are in critical condition.
LODD Delaware
09/24/16 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
Two Firefighters were killed and a third critically injuried over night in Wilmington, Delaware when a floor collapsed while they were searching for a trapped family. The civilians were eventually rescued and taken to the hospital with injuries. Once funeral info is posted, we will make it available  and will help organize anyone who wants to attend to show their respects.
LODD Wilmington, DE L1590
09/24/16 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
2 Wilmington DE firefighters lost their lives and 1 remains in critical condition following a house fire overnight according to news reports. As details become available, this article will be updated.
NKC Firehouse Chili Supper
09/24/16 - IAFF Local 42
Passing of Brother Scott Larue
09/23/16 - IAFF Local 1014
Results
09/23/16 - Laredo Fire Fighters
The results of the votes from the general meeting in September of the resignation of the union president are as follows. 5 Voided = 2.18% 12 For the resignation = 5.24% 212 Against the resignation = 92.
Things You Should Know
09/23/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
 Recent legislation dealing with our 1st Amendment Rights to free speech has renewed debate about what we may or may not be able to say as public employees. Certainly when we are engaged in union activity we do have some protections, all though it seems less and less every year.
Denver Burn Foundation Payday Raffle Winner
09/23/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
The winner for today’s Payday Raffle is Daniel Clay, E-3-C-shift, Congratulations! Mark your calendars today for the Fit for Fire 5K Run/Walk on Sunday October 9th at Washington Park.  This fun family event benefits the Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, the Denver Fire Department Foundation and the Fit for Fire Skills Challenge.
Dean Delaney
09/23/16 - IAFF Local #1945
The following is a link to Dean Delaney's caring bridge page. There will be updates posted here by family members in regards to Deans process and family needs.  https://www.caringbridge.
Political Endorsements
09/23/16 - Professional Firefighters of Maine
2016 MSCFF General Election Endorsements
09/22/16 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
Flu Shots
09/22/16 - Buffalo Professional Firefighters Assoc.
September 22, 2016 Flu Shots Flu shots should be performed at a Doctor’s Office to be covered with no extra paperwork or cost to you.  If given at a drug store (ex: Walgreens, Rite Aid), you will have to pay the cost upfront, then use the attached form along with the required paperwork in order to get your reimbursement from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Our New Home
09/22/16 - Henrico Professional Firefighters Association
On October 5th and 6th at 1930 hours Local 1568 will begin conducting the monthly business meeting in our new union hall located at 908 E. Nine Mile Rd (Former Firehouse #3) in Highland Springs.
Mental Health Awareness Spouse and Partner Night
09/21/16 - International Association of Firefighters Local 1782
Mental Health Awareness Spouse and Partner Night When: November 5th, 2016 from 6:30 pm – 9 pm Where: Coquitlam City Hall – 3000 Guilford Way. (Free Underground Parking) Why:   To learn about the mental health challenges firefighters may experience, signs and symptoms, positive coping skills and support techniques.
Two New FireFighters Sworn in
09/21/16 - Scranton Firefighters IAFF Local # 60
On Tuesday September 13, 2016 two new firefighters were sworn in by Mayor William Courtright.  They will spend the next weeks training at Harrisburg Area Community College in training.
Bolder Options Fundraiser
09/21/16 - IAFF Local 21
There is a T-shirt Kick off party on October 6th at Minnesota Music Cafe  Featuring the band Harrison Street.
HELP Events, Oct. 1, 2016
09/21/16 - IAFF 1826
Candidate Surveys are now posted for download in the Downloads section of the site.
09/21/16 - IAFF 3718
Both surveys that we've sent to all candidates are available to download from the downloads section of this site. All candidates received a certified mail, paper copy and were emailed one also, if they chose an email option. Deadline to return the survey is October 1st.
General Membership Meeting Notice
09/21/16 - Detroit Fire Fighters Association
FITNESS EQUIPMENT UPDATE
09/21/16 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
September 19, 2016   Brothers and Sisters,       Now that the summer is over, I wanted to give everyone an update on the Wellness/Fitness Fund.  We spent the $15,000 that the City allocates for Fitness Equipment each fiscal year, and now have another $15,000 to spend before June 30th, 2017.
Cancer Awareness Shirt Campaign
09/21/16 - International Association of Firefighters Local 3453
The Allen Professional Firefighters Association (APFFA) and the Allen Fire Department (AFD) are excited to announce the start of the 2016 Charity T-shirt Campaign.   The APFFA will be selling pink breast cancer awareness shirts on their website, www.affa3453.com. Follow the link in the top left corner to the online store.
General Meeting
09/20/16 - Laredo Fire Fighters
Agenda for September’s 2016 General Meetings Pledge of Allegiance Opening Remarks Open Discussion with Fire Chief S.
Contract Negotiations
09/20/16 - IAFF Local 4413
Negotiations will resume on 9/27 1pm @ Walton county admin building. All memebers are urged to show up. It is important that we have as many numbers at negotiations as possible.
Michael Mazza Memorial T-Shirts
09/20/16 - International Association of Firefighters
Battalion Chief Don Mazza (Ret) and family are making and selling t-shirts in honor of thier son Michael who passed tragically in February while attending Mount Ida college in MA. The money raised will help offset the student loan debt that the Mazza family must now pay. Please print and mail to the completed form to the Mazza family (address is on the form).
2017 Group Calendars and Updated Retirement Paperwork
09/20/16 - International Association of Firefighters
Group Calendars for 2017 are now available. Click on "2017 Group Calendars" to view and print. An updated version of the "Request for Retirement Annuity Computation" form is now available in the "Ready to Retire?" section. You must be within 5 years of retirement eligibility to file and may only file 1 request per year.
LELAND GAYHEART PREVENTION AWARD
09/20/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Apply now for the annual Gayheart Prevention Award! All nominations for the 2016 Leland Gayheart Award must be postmarked by September 30, 2016.  Leland Gayheart was a 23 year old firefighter that lost his life due to a devastating burn injury in 1991. As a tribute, the Leland Gayheart Prevention Award was created to encourage prevention programs within local fire departments.
Lieutenant Promotion
09/19/16 - IAFF Local 801
Congratulations go out to Doug Zaniewski, who was promoted to Lieutenant at a ceremony at City Hall on September 12, 2016.  LT Zaniewski will now serve on E22 on B Group.
First Responders Helping Veterans
09/19/16 - Boston Fire Fighters
Apply for the 2017 Political Training Academy
09/19/16 - IAFF Local 3472
The IAFF is now accepting applications for the A. Michael Mullane Political Training Academy, scheduled for March 18-24, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. The deadline for applications is November 30.  Click here to apply. All applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from their local president.
Salem Open position
09/19/16 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
Pink Shirts for Fight Against Breast Cancer Available
09/19/16 - IAFF 1826
To all Local 1826 Members, Please see link below for individual purchasing of Pink Shirts. Here is the link to the online store for everyone to use to buy, advertise, post, and share! Let's make this a huge success for the Fight Against Breast Cancer! Link: www.local1826.info
Local 858/Colorado Avalanche Opening Day
09/19/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good morning and Happy Monday, we are excited to announce that we have a Denver Fire Exclusive Opening night with the Avalanche deal for you!  Attached is the flyer with the link to buy tickets for Saturday October 15th as the Avs host the Dallas Stars to kick off the 2016/17 season.
MSCFF NEW Mobile App
09/18/16 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets.  This new technology works in concert with our website.  All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website.
2016 Golf Tournament a huge success!
09/18/16 - IAFF 323
September, 2016 - Thanks to our golfers, sponsors and generous supporters, the 2016 Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society Golf Tournament raises funds for our schoolkids' healthy snacks program. See photos in Photo Gallery.
Marty Giles and Northstar Ford donate over $57,000!
09/17/16 - IAFF Local 2494
Marty Giles and Northstar Ford donated $57,145.33 to the Fort McMurray Firefighter's relief fund. The support from our local citizens and businesses has been incredible! Thank you Marty Giles and Northstar Ford.
2016 IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial
09/17/16 - IAFF Local 1014
Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014 Representing over 3200 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, Pilots, Wildland Firefighters, Forestry and Health Haz Mat personnel 2016 IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial Watch the memorial live by clicking here.
September 19th 2016 Union Meeting
09/16/16 - IAFF Local 3598
REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING NOTICE To: Gurnee Firefighters Local 3598 Members From: Nick Perry Date: Monday September 19th (Red Shift) Time: 8:30 A.M.
Supporting a Brother
09/16/16 - IAFF Local 772
The members of Bangor FD Local 772, are shown supporting retired brother - Lt Dave Dow. Dave was diagnosed with Brain cancer in June and continues the fight. He has had surgery, and just finished radiation and his first round of chemo therapy.
Local 772 supports retired Brother
09/16/16 - Professional Firefighters of Maine
The members of Bangor FD Local 772, are shown supporting retired brother - Lt Dave Dow. Dave was diagnosed with Brain cancer in June and continues the fight. He has had surgery, and just finished radiation and his first round of chemo therapy.
Feast of Archangels
09/16/16 - IAFF Local 73
Brandon Anderson Poker Tournament
09/16/16 - IAFF Local 4416
What: Brandon Anderson Poker Tournament When: 11/5/16 with a noon start Where: Local 4416 Union Hall - 399 South 14th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060 Details: $50 Entry fee includes food and drink.  Proceeds to benefit Brandon Anderson & Family. Register and pay using PayPal below.  Please include your name and phone number.
CT United Ride 9/11/16
09/16/16 - UPFFA
Pink Heals National Tour
09/15/16 - Local 2580
Local 740 MDA Fundraiser
09/15/16 - Professional Firefighters of Maine
Portland Firefighter's MDA 5K. October 15th. Registration 0730 Race starts 0800 For more information click on the flyer below.
Nomination Acceptance - Elections 2017-2018
09/15/16 - Buffalo Professional Firefighters Assoc.
Please see the attached bulletin listing nomination acceptance for Local 282 Executive Board.
Local 244 Kid’s Halloween Party!!
09/15/16 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
Local 244 Kid’s Halloween Party!! Costumes Welcome! The 2016 Children's Annual Party will be held on Sunday October 30, 2016 at Cliff’s Amusement Park starting promptly at 12:00pm. Please call/text Kelly @ 505-288-2313 before October 18, 2016 for your family's reservation, an RSVP is required. Members may arrive at 11:30a.m.
February 7-8, 2017: UPFFA of Ct. Hosting the IAFF Peer Support Training Class
09/14/16 - UPFFA
The Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut will be hosting the IAFF Peer Support Training class on February 7th and 8th, 2017 at the Connecticut Fire Academy.
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