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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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2nd Annual Monster Mash Fundraiser
02/21/17 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
I started this to help out the locals in the downriver area. We benefit so many good causes throughout the year that there really isn't anything for the guys. The money earned can be spent on anything(groceries) or just something they need or having been wanting for their house. Every year, a new local or firehouse will be drawn to receive the proceeds. Also I have the link down below for the Facebook group page that has even more information, the link to buy tickets and all about the hotel and its discounted prices. Hope to see you there, it's a great time! Fraternally, James Bishop 734-765-7097
Aces Fore Aiden Golf Tournament
02/21/17 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is a proud sponsor of the Aces Fore Aiden Golf Tournament.  Here is more information about Aiden McVicker, and download a Registration Form here or visit their website.
BBQ for the Badge
02/21/17 - Richardson Fire Fighters Association
We are excited to bring back BBQ for the Badge at North Central Ford.  We will have vendor booths, fire trucks, police cars, and music all day.  This year all procedes from this event will go to RPD officer Steve Hooten and his family.  Please come us April 28, 2017 at North Central Ford in Richardson and help us support our brother in blue.
2017 RETIREE REUNION
02/21/17 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
Charity Tournament presented by Local 1747
02/21/17 - Kent Fire Fighters
Please find attached the flyer for a charity golf tournament presented by Local 1747. The tournament is on June 2 at the Riverbend Golf Course in Kent. All proceeds benefit the Kent Firefighter Foundation.
Upper Darby L2493 MDA Pour for the Cure Event
02/20/17 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
Upper Darby L2493 is once again hosting their Pour for the Cure to benefit MDA. This will take place on February 25th from 3-7 pm at Casey's Drexel Hill, State Road and Landsdowne Ave. A special guest band will be performing. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door or at UD stations 26, 36, 37 and 74.
Westt Valley L4861 Mourns Loss
02/20/17 - Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
Here is a message from West Valley President Bellarts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Local 4861. Our Local family has experienced a tremendous loss this week. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kearstin Cameron, wife of Lt. Sean Cameron, Vice President of Local 4861. We appreciate the outpouring of support during this difficult time.
SPD - HELP NEEDED
02/20/17 - IAFF Local #1945
Members - In order to make this years St. Patricks day a successful one we need your help. Gabe, Tony and Myself have spent hundreds of hours on the back end planning this day. We need your help the day before, the day of and the night of the event.  Help is needed with set up, serving, sales, clean up and whatever small tasks that we didnt think of.
Local 858 Teams w/Brute Force
02/20/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Local 858 is proud to announce a great offer from Brute Force training gear. They are a Local Denver Company and have offered their deepest discount to 858 members and family.  I have attached 2 pages with some product and the discount code. Simply go to bruteforcetraining.com and use promo code DFD15. Buy some sandbags, get buff, and have a happy Monday.
Firefighter Cancer Registry Act
02/19/17 - IAFF Local 21
Local 21 Members active and retired are encouraged to attend a press conference supporting The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act hosted by Senator Amy Klobuchar.  We will be at Minneapolis Station 17 – 330 E 38th St, Minneapolis. The presser will begin at 11:00 am. If you want to arrive a little early, that would be much appreciated.
IAFF Local 781 Annual Golf Event
02/17/17 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
March Bi-Monthly
02/17/17 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
MDA 856 Monarchs Family Night
02/17/17 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
Retirement/Promotion Party 2-24-17
02/17/17 - Buffalo Professional Firefighters Assoc.
The Buffalo Professional Firefighters is hosting their 6th Annual Dinner Party.  At this party we honor all those who were promoted in 2016 and all of those retired in 2016 and beginning of 2017.  It will be held at Pearl Street Grill on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 6 pm to 11 pm.  The cost is $40 and includes dinner, open bar and music.
Retirement/Promotion Party 2-24-17
02/17/17 - Buffalo Professional Firefighters Assoc.
The Buffalo Professional Firefighters is hosting their 6th Annual Dinner Party.  At this party we honor all those who were promoted in 2016 and all of those retired in 2016 and beginning of 2017.  It will be held at Pearl Street Grill on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 6 pm to 11 pm.  The cost is $40 and includes dinner, open bar and music.
PTSD LEGISLATION
02/17/17 - UPFFA
CALL FOR ACTION
02/17/17 - UPFFA
Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.—John F.
Denver Firefighters Annual Ball
02/16/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good evening members.  Just a quick email to let you know that we do have about 8 available seats to the ball.  We were able to add some seating.  If you do need tickets please call Dena @ the union office and she can hook you up, or if you have any questions feel free to call myself, FF James Burkhalter @ 303.725.6066. The big day is a week from Saturday, February the 25th.
2017 Fire On Ice game raises over $12,000
02/16/17 - IAFF Local 271
The 6th Annual Fire on Ice brought in over 12k dollars!!! This would not of been possible without the generosity and support from the community! A gigantic THANK YOU to all of our sponsors!! All money is donated to The Wildland Firefighter Foundation in the name of fallen Lolo Hotshot Justin Beebe, L271 Fired up 4 Kids and L2457 Burn Foundation.
2017 Scholarship Applications
02/15/17 - New London Fire Fighters
The 2017 applications for the Dr. Carl Wies Scholarship Fund and the John M. O'Connor Scholarship Trust have been posted on our website as of 2/15/17. Please click on "scholarships" located within the tabs above. These applications must be received by April 1st, 2017.
Passing of Brother Bob Scholl
02/15/17 - Hoffman Estates Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 2061
R.I.P. Brother Bob Scholl  6/12/32 - 2/12/17 Lt. Robert “Bob” Scholl. Bob passed away in his home state of Arizona yesterday, February 12. He was born on June 12, 1932 and was 84 years old. Bob began here with the Hoffman Estates Volunteer Firemen’s Association and began his career as a full-time firefighter on August 8, 1968.
Highly suggested for city administrators
02/15/17 - Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont
IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery
02/15/17 - IAFF Local 21
To All IAFF Affiliate Presidents,   Our members respond to any number of tragic events, and post-traumatic stress is a natural response to the accumulation of what they experience on a daily basis.
Palo Verde Golf Club Donates to Sun Lakes
02/15/17 - IAFF Local 3560
The Palo Verde Men’s Golf Club held a charity tournament to benefit the Sun Lakes Fire District on February 4th. They donated all proceeds,$3170,from the tournament to the District.
Palo Verde Golf Club Donates to Sun Lakes
02/15/17 - IAFF Local 3560
The Palo Verde Men’s Golf Club held a charity tournament to benefit the Sun Lakes Fire District on February 4th. They donated all proceeds,$3170,from the tournament to the District.
Westport Firefighters Extricate One
02/15/17 - IAFF Local 1081
A two-car rollover crash tonight in the northbound lanes of the Merritt Parkway just north of Exit 42 in Westport closed the parkway northbound for more than an hour, state police said. At the request of state police, Westport police block the northbound Exit 42 entrance ramp of the Merritt Parkway tonight following a two-car crash. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.
Think Spring
02/15/17 - IAFF Local 772
Our annual Red Sox Alumni Benefit Game is scheduled for June 24, 2017 at Mansfield Stadium.
In Memory of Mark Horton
02/15/17 - UPFFA
[L-R] Mark Horton, Secretary-Treasurer, Ohio Professional Fire Fighters, Mark Sanders, 8th District VP, General President Harold Schaitberger, Peter S.
30th Annual IAFF Local 312 Awards-Retirement Dinner
02/14/17 - IAFF Local 312
MDA Summer Camp Events
02/14/17 - IAFF Local 2180
Local 2180 Members, The IAFF has a long and rich partnership with the MDA that Local 2180 has supported throughout the years. Please consider attending the following MDA summer camp events - Sponsor Day on June 30th or Firefighter Fun Day on June 27th. Please see the attached pdfs for info
Rockies Flyer, again, sorry
02/14/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Colorado Rockies Opening Day
02/14/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good afternoon all members.  I have exciting baseball news to share with you, Local 858's Valentines Day Gift to you.  We have teamed up with the Colorado Rockes and have an Opening Day Special for you!  We have 50 tickets available for the Opening Day Game on Friday April 7th VS the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Tickets are on the first base line and are $80 a piece.
Structure Fire Kettle Road
02/14/17 - Norwalk Fire Fighters
February 13, 2017 The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a fire in a single family home at Kettle Road this morning, at 7:55am. Firefighters arrived to find a well involved fire in the kitchen and the home heavily charged with smoke.
2017 GUNS N' HOSES UPDATE
02/13/17 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
IAFFmentalhealth
02/13/17 - Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
Beer Brewing Class
02/13/17 - IAFF Local 3169
So I have been asked to brew some beer for Infinite Ale Works here in Ocala as well as a special event coming up in the next month.  So I am asking anyone interested in learning how to brew beer to come and join me for a day of brewing.  We will be doing two different styles of beer on the same day at the Union Hall.  Each batch will be 10 gallons so 20 gallons total.
KING OF THE WING EVENT
02/13/17 - IAFF Local 3169
Come join us for the KING of the WING at the ARC property accross from Publix on Maricamp.  Local 3169 will be gunning for another 1st Place Amatuer Trophy in this event.  Starts around 6p.
Lynn Firefighters Day
02/13/17 - IAFF Local 739
Lynn Firefighters Day To all Lynn Firefighters past and present; Happy Lynn Firefighters Day. After 4 Lynn Firefighters perished in a building fire on Monroe Street on February 13, 1895, Lynn Firefighters Day was established by the Lynn City Council. Died in the Line of Duty: Thomas E Murray  John F Donlan Henry L Skinner Abraham C Moody Never forget our fallen brothers.
OAPFF Secretary-Treasurer Dies in Car Accident
02/13/17 - UPFFA
OAPFF Secretary-Treasurer Dies in Car Accident The IAFF is saddened to learn about the death of Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters (OAPFF) Secretary-Treasurer Mark Horton. Horton, 64, was on his way to an IAFF training seminar when he was killed in a car accident.
2018 Colorado Firefighter Calendar Recruiting Party
02/12/17 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
Firefighter's W-2's Stolen
02/12/17 - Northern Ohio Fire Fighters
More than 500 City of Twinsburg Ohio employees have their W-2's stolen in a phishing scam.  Several firefighters have already had fraudulent tax returns filed using their stolen W-2's. About 500 current and former employees were affected by the phishing scam. The Internal Revenue Service and the Twinsburg Police Department are reportedly investigating the matter.
Local #4 LODD
02/12/17 - Iowa Professional Fire Fighters
The Des Moines Professional Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 4 sadly announces the death of one of its long time members, Fire Engineer Douglas McCauley. Engineer McCauley was a 29 year veteran of the Des Moines Fire Department serving at Fire Station 9. Local 4 would like to extend its condolences to Engineer McCauley’s two sons, Ryan and Cole, and their families.
2017 St. Patrick's T-shirts & Hats For Sale
02/12/17 - IAFF Local 21
St. Patrick's T-shirts and Hats for sale at Station 14 $20 each. Proceeds to benefit Regions Burn Unit.
New scholarship fund
02/11/17 - IAFF Local 1164
     Livonia Fire Fighters Local #1164 is pleased to announce the creation of the Livonia Firefighters Scholarship fund which will give two graduating high school seniors, who are citizens of Livonia, each $1000 towards college tuition or educational expenses. The criteria to apply is listed below.
Union Store Links
02/10/17 - National Capital Federal Firefighters
All, Note the Links for the online Union Store. We will be continuously adding items so please be patient. Any input as to what we may consider adding to the site please let me know.  heroessupply.com https://heroessupply.
Official Time Ed
02/10/17 - IAFF Local F283
Education: Official Time At the last union meeting we briefly touched on some developing attacks on the federal labor force. One of the items under scrutiny is official time. Official time is the practice in which federal union representatives are provided with time to represent their co-workers while on duty. Official time was included in the passage of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.
Friday, February 10, 2017 weekend update
02/10/17 - 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 Happy Friday.
February 22, 2017
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