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UC Regents & Bosses STOP Outsourcing Our Jobs! UCSF AFSCME 3299 and CWA UPTE Workers Picket
15,000 strike at University of California hospitals
What this week's strike at UC Davis hospital means for patients, traffic in Sacramento
Miscarrying at Work: The Physical Toll of Pregnancy Discrimination
U.S. Labor Markets Aren't Truly Free: Greater competition for workers would lessen employers' power over wages


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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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2019 RETIREE FLORIDA REUNION
02/19/19 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Wills For Heros
02/19/19 - IAFF Local 21
There will be a Wills For Heros session on April 1st at Training from 1700-2000 hours.  If you'd like to schedule a slot contact Ken Zepeda at Station 8-C or via his cell.  To learn more about WILLS FOR HEROS CLICK HERE.
DFF Charitable Foundation Chili Cook-Off
02/19/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
On Friday, February 22, 2019 MYC will be hosting thier 3rd annual chili cook-off from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Fire Fighter Events Center at 12 Lakeside Lane. All proceeds will go to the Denver Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation. If you are interested in entering a crockpot of red or green chili, please contact Evan Soibelman (T-31-B) as soon as possible.
DFF Charitable Foundation Chili Cook-Off
02/19/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
This Friday, February 22, 2019 MYC will be hosting their 3rd annual chili cook-off from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Fire Fighter Event Center at 12 Lakeside Lane. All proceeds go towards the Denver Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation. You can enter a crockpot of red or green chili for $15 and also participate in a silent auction.
2018 SMFR Employee Recognition Ceremony
02/18/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
On Saturday February 9th, Local members gathered with other SMFR personnel for the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony.  https://www.southmetro.
2019 SCOTT FIREFIGHTER COMBAT CHALLENGE
02/18/19 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Dover's Hiring
02/18/19 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
Use this link for more information: https://workable.
Retirees Get Together
02/18/19 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
The next retirees get together will be held at the Dante Club on Wednesday, March 3rd from 9 until noon.
Fire Fighter Day at the Capitol
02/18/19 - IAFF Local 51
March 5th is the deadline to make room reservations however there are only 6 rooms left.  Please make your reservation as soon as possible to be included in the group rate. ________________________ Our Fire Fighter Day at the Capitol is scheduled for March 26, 2019. On March 25, we will meet at 3:00 p.m.
Annual Budget Foreacast for 2019 - 2020
02/18/19 - IAFF Local 1805
Posted: 2/18/19 Annual Budget Forecast for 2019 - 2020
Highway 85 Structure Fire
02/16/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
At 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, several 911 callers reported a house on fire at 9442 N. Highway 85 in Douglas County. First arriving Battalion Chief 1 reported smoke showing from the 2nd floor of a small, single family home and confirmed with the occupants that everyone had safely evacuated without injuries. The area doesn’t have fire hydrants, so a large response included Tenders to truck large volumes of water to the scene.
I-25 MVA with Extrication
02/16/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
Local members responded to Interstate 25 for a reported MVA with injuries.
Passing of Captain Richard Truax - Ladder Company 1, Retired
02/15/19 - IAFF Local 739
Passing of Captain Richard Truax, Ladder Company 1 - Retired The officers and members of Lynn Local 739 regret to announce the death of Captain Richard Truax of Ladder 1; Retired. Services are being held out of state.  Please keep the Truax family in your prayers.
4F Gaming Fundraiser
02/15/19 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Have fun and raise money for the PFFNH Fallen Firefighters Family Fund. This fund helps our fallen Brothers and Sisters families when they make the ultimate sacrifice in the Line Of Duty. March 17 & 18 May 12, 13 & 14 July 8, 9 & 10 This is a public event and 35% of winnings go to the 4F Fund. Doors open at 11 a.m.
TNPFF Seminar
02/15/19 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
March 12 at the Tilton School Lt. Pennington discusses responding to Heavy Content Fires (Hoarder Homes).
Nashua's Family by Fire Training Conference
02/15/19 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
May 9-11 Saint Philip Greek Orthodox Church Grassroots conference for firefighters by firefighters
Friday Update 2-15-19
02/15/19 - IAFF Local 1014
Lake Ozark Hiring FF/Paramedics
02/14/19 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District is seeking Firefighter/Paramedic candidates to take part in our employment testing process on 03/23/19 in Camdenton, Missouri.  This process will create an eligibility list for 1 year.  We currently have 3- Firefighter/Paramedic openings initially to be filled from this process.
Public Retirement video
02/14/19 - IAFF Local 2866
The following link is a video of the Joint Public Retirement and Social Security committee meeting. It discusses a bill that will change our retirement. http://bit.
March Meeting Notice
02/14/19 - IAFF Local 42
Celebrate Capt Hugh Saenz Retirement
02/14/19 - IAFF Local 1403
Retired Capt. Hugh Saenz and his family will like to invite you to come join them in celebrating 30 years of service with MDFR.
Retired Firefighter William B. McMullen
02/14/19 - IAFF Local 1403
Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403 regrets to announce the passing of Retired FF William B. McMullen 2/11/2019. Bill was hired with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue on 7/26/76 & retired 7/31/2006. Most of our brother & sister firefighters know him from Battalion 2 where he served proudly. He was 71 years old. Please keep his family & friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Secretary DeMici Inducted into the CT Firefighters Hall of Fame
02/14/19 - UPFFA
Congratulations to a true "Lion of Labor" Our very own Lou Demici, Secretary - Uniformed Professional Firefighters of Connecticut for his induction into the Connecticut Firefighters Hall of Fame!          Lou will be honored at a dinner on Thursday April 4th, 6 PM at the Aqua Turf in     Southington CT.
WTC Secondary Exposure
02/13/19 - IAFF Local 274
Brothers, I have been in contact with Anthony Flamia/retired NYPD.Anthony is on the STAC Committee (Scientific Technical Advisory Committee) NIOSH/WTC Health Program. He is collecting data related to secondary/cross-contamination from not being deconned before walking back into our houses, the toxic dust on our skin, hair, boots, ect.
Lynn Firefighters Day
02/13/19 - IAFF Local 739
Lynn Firefighters Day To all Lynn Firefighters past and present, Happy Lynn Firefighters Day. Lynn Firefighters Day was established by the Lynn City Council following a fire at City Box 41 on February 13, 1895 at Hutchinson Block Hardware on Munroe Street where four Lynn Firefighters made the ultimate sacrifice.
Newest Local 2086 Members
02/12/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
Congratulations to Academy class 18-1 who were sworn in tonight to Local 2086.
2nd Alarm Fire: 70 Farmington Ave
02/12/19 - New London Fire Fighters
On Monday morning 02/11/2019 the NLFD responded to a report of smoke in the building in 70 Farmington Ave Apartments. On arrival, crews found flames coming from two windows on the 4th floor. A second alarm was called due to the large number of occupancies in the apartments that needed help exiting the building. The NLFD had the fire knocked down under 15 minutes from arrival.
Ct. AFL-CIO - Essay Contest
02/12/19 - UPFFA
This year the Connecticut AFL-CIO Health and Safety Committee is offering a scholarship essay contest to inspire Connecticut high school seniors to think about the importance of workplace health and safety, of the consequences that arise when workers are forced to toil in unsafe working conditions and of the role that organized labor has played in protecting workers both in the past and present.
CHaD Baseball Tryouts
02/12/19 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
2019 CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic Fire Tryouts 2/19 and 3/5 Register by 2/15 http://dhmc.convio.net/site/TR.
County Chapter Committee appointments
02/11/19 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
Please see attached letter for the recent appointments to this Year's County Chapter Committees.
Captain Joel Musselman retirement
02/10/19 - IAFF Local 4416
Congratulations to Noblesvilel member Captain Joel Musselman.  On February 2, 2019, Brother Musselman retired with 34 years of service at NFD.  IAFF Local 4416 Executive Board designated Captain Musselman Emeritus At-Large Trustee for his strong comitment to the members of the IAFF, his example as a trade unionist and five terms as Trustee for Local 4416.
Union Meeting
02/10/19 - West Bloomfield Professional Fire Fighters Union
Union Meeting scheduled for February 28th.
Special Olympics
02/09/19 - IAFF Local 2866
Some of Local 2866 members helping out with the Special Olympics in Field Hockey.
Special Olympics
02/09/19 - IAFF Local 2866
Some of our members helping out the Special Olympics by participating in Floor Hockey.
February 4, 2019: UPFFA of Ct. Hosted New Legislators Breakfast
02/09/19 - UPFFA
Friday Update 2-8-19
02/08/19 - IAFF Local 1014
FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING at the UNION OFFICE, Feb. 25, 2019
02/08/19 - IAFF 1826
To all Local 1826 Members, Please see attachment containing information on this "FREE" Skin Cancer Screening.
South Metro Professional Firefighters Foundation
02/07/19 - South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
Check out the new name and website for the South Metro Professional Firefighters Foundation (Formerly the Local 2164 Foundation).  Tickets are on sale now for the annual SMPFF Gala event.  Get yours today for a great evening and help support a great cause. https://smpff.
February 28, 2019: Ct. Firefighters PAC Fundraiser
02/07/19 - UPFFA
Connecticut Firefighters PAC Fundraiser Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub 1494 Post Road Fairfield Ct February 28th 7-11 PM Please consider coming out to support and make a contribution to our 2019 fundraising efforts.
Passing of Retired District Chief Peter Zetes
02/07/19 - IAFF Local 739
Passing of Retired District Chief Peter Zetes The officers and members of Lynn Local 739 regret to announce the death of District Chief Peter Zetes, Division 4, Retired.  Services have been completed.  Please keep the Zetes family in your prayers.
Shirts
02/07/19 - Taylor Professional Fire Fighters
The 2019 St.Pattys shirts will be available for purchase starting tomorrow. All orders must be placed online through LetLoveRule. Shirts will be navy blue so they can be worn on duty and all sizes including kids and hoodies will be available for purchase. Items will up for purchase for 1 week only. Any questions, contact Nelson. Design credit- Nelson. https://letloverule.
LOCAL 30 ELECTION VOTING NOTICE
02/06/19 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
LOCAL 30 BYLAW VOTING NOTICE
02/06/19 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Local 1826, 2019 St. Patrick's Day T-Shirts
02/06/19 - IAFF 1826
To all Local 1826 Members, Please see attachment containing information on this year's St.
Feb. Union Meeting Reminder
02/05/19 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
This is a reminder that the February Union meeting will take place at The Colorado Professional Fire Center (12 Lakeside Lane, Denver CO 80212) Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 pm and Thursday, February 7th at 8:30 am. A few things to be aware of:  Please donate to Mike Somma’s Campaign! Mike is running for City Council District 1.
North County EMS Camera MOA
02/04/19 - IAFF Local 1805
Feb 04, 2019 North County EMS Camera MOA Click HERE to view the Memorandum of Agreement
February 3-9, 2019 is Burn Awareness Week
02/03/19 - IAFF Local 902
February 3-9, 2019 is Burn Awareness Week. Children under 5 are more likely to suffer burn injuries than any other age group. Hot liquid burns, or scalds, are the leading cause of burns to children under five and to seniors over 65. This year’s theme from the American Burn Association is “It Can Happen in a Flash with a Splash”.
February 19, 2019
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