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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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Current news directly from IAFF locals, councils, and state/province associations in the US and Canada.

COLA Increase for Retirees
06/24/16 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
Members, Local 76 is happy to announce that the Somerville Retirement Board voted this week to approve a 3% COLA for a new base of $13,000 . Not much but the max we can allow.
Cpt. Pesula Arrangements
06/24/16 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire Captain Dan Pesula Local 3264 Hooksett, New Hampshire    It is with great sadness to report the death of Captain Dan Pesula, IAFF Local 3264.
8 New Lieutenants
06/23/16 - IAFF Local 925 (Peabody Firefighters)
Meeting Cancelled
06/23/16 - IAFF Local 2180
The meeting with our legal team scheduled this Friday (6/24) to discuss FLSA payment is CANCELLED.
Seattle Sounders Firefighter Day
06/23/16 - IAFF Local F283
Brothers and Sisters, The Seattle Sounders are hosting a firefighter appreciation night. It's happening on September 17. If you are interested, let me know. If there's enough interest I will be able to get a group rate and we can coordinate to all sit together. I think this is going to be a really fun event.
Cat Country 98.1 & Creek Entertainment Salute First Responders
06/23/16 - Boston Fire Fighters
IAFF Local 103 Memorial Ride
06/22/16 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
National Child Identifacation Program
06/22/16 - IAFF Local 1164
A few weeks ago it was announced that the MPFFU would partner with the National Child ID Program and the Detroit Lions to provide over 1 million ID kits to children across the great state of Michigan.  We appreciate all of our locals looking to join us in this effort, but this call to action is limited to the first 30 locals that answer this call.
Healthy In, Healthy Out Video
06/22/16 - Kent Fire Fighters
Please watch our Healthy In, Healthy Out video to see the best practices Local 1747 and the Kent Regional Fire Authority are utilizing to protect our members! Also, you'll notice a guest spot by Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs! You can watch the video on Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/171131425 or on Youtube at https://youtu.
KSCFF Endorses Candidates
06/21/16 - Kansas State Council of Fire Fighters
The Kansas State Council of Firefighters at their 71st annual meeting made the following endorsements for the IAFF convention.  These were unanamous endorsements.
Upcoming Event for Local 2687
06/21/16 - Hamden Professional Firefighters
Elitches Discount for 858 members and family
06/20/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Hello 858!  Here is a link for Elitch discount tickets, season passes, and food deals good for the whole summer.  Juts click the link below, purchase, print, and have the funnest day of your life!!!! http://tinyurl.
30 Gun - 30 Day Fundraiser
06/20/16 - IAFF Local 367
Tickets on sale now. See a member for a ticket or call/text 903-244-7531to get instructions to pay by debit or credit card.
Gillette Carnival / L-21 Family Picnic
06/20/16 - IAFF Local 21
Gillette Childrens Carnival Just a friendly reminder that the Gillette Carnival is this Wednesday!  Set up 9 am / Carnival 10-1:30 / clean up afterwords The more the merrier! Family can come too! If people could park in the East Ramp to help out with extra traffic that would be greatly appreciated (not the same ramp as Carnival).
Membership Meeting
06/19/16 - IAFF Local F-102
All Hands,    There will be a normal Membership Union Meeting scheduled for 03 Jul 2016 at Crash Station 62 & will commence at 1730 hours. Listed on the Union website calendar is a running agenda for the meeting. If you have any item(s) you wish to add to the agenda please contact me. Hope to see you all there.
IAFF/AFD Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification - June 2016
06/18/16 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
The IAFF Local 244 City Chapter Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been tentatively agreed upon (TA'd) with the City of Albuquerque. The ratification vote will take place on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 7:00am -7:00pm in accordance with Article II, Section 2 and Article XI, Sections 1, 2 & 5 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws.
Susan O'Neil Selected As SPFF Executive Director
06/17/16 - Saint Paul Fire Foundation
The Saint Paul Fire Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Susan O'Neil as our new Executive Director.  Susan has an extensive history in the non profit sector both in Saint Paul and greater Minnesota.  She will be replacing the founder of the SPFF, Steve Shapira who has served as interim Executive Director for the past 6 months.  Welcome aboard Susan.
Memorial stair climb 2016
06/17/16 - National Capital Federal Firefighters
Local 3444 Supports Fort Myers Highschool Cheer Team!
06/17/16 - IAFF Local 3444
Local 3444 is supporting the local Fort Myers Highschool Cheer Team! for their upcoming invitational on August 29, 2015! Good luck to you!!!! The below custom LOGO will be displayed on the 2016 Banner throughout the entire football season.
44 Years Ago Today
06/17/16 - Boston Fire Fighters
Vendome Hotel Fire, 1972 On June 17, 1972, a large fire occurred at the former Vendome Hotel building in the Back Bay District. The blaze took about three hours to extinguish. The normal clean-up operation subsequently began, and without any warning, the southeast section of the building collapsed. Nine Boston fire fighters were killed, with eight injured.
June 17th Weekend update - Father's Day/Dodgers/Bear Classic
06/17/16 - IAFF Local 1014
MUSCLEPHARM Event
06/17/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Denver Fire Fighters Burn Foundation Payday Raffle
06/17/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Happy Payday! The winner for today’s Payday Raffle is Jordan Fender, Engine 12 A-shift. Congratulations Jordan! Thank you for your continued support! The next drawing will be Friday July 1st.
District 9 Information
06/17/16 - IAFF 1826
Support for Massachusetts Nurse Association
06/17/16 - Boston Fire Fighters
Read the attached PDF file for Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 support of the Massachusetts Nurse Association.
June 16, 2016: Ct. Board of Mediation & Arbitration Filing Fee Increase
06/16/16 - UPFFA
As of this date, the Board of Mediation and Arbitration, (Board), has been advised that starting July 1, 2016, the filing fee for grievance arbitration has increased to $200.00 per party. Therefore, each demand for the grievance arbitration services of the Board shall be accompanied by a $200.
Summer Safety Tips
06/16/16 - IAFF Local 902
Here are some tips to stay safe this summer.
CPFF Convention
06/15/16 - IAFF Local #1945
Three of your Local 1945 E-board members just returned from a 2 day CPFF convention hosted by Local 5 in Colorado Springs. This is a meeting where most locals from the state gather to receive a state of the union address, visit and network with other locals, and get some insight on what issues other locals are facing, have faced and what they learned.
Request for Proposals
06/15/16 - IAFF Local F-102
All Hands,    I am soliciting the Membership for any/all “Requests for Proposals” for consideration in relation to the recent Employer decision to implement cross staffing. Please submit any/all of your ideas/proposals for consideration by the Membership in written format to me at the local’s email address as soon as possible.
Ballot Initiative for Dues Increase - June 2016
06/14/16 - Medford Firefighters Local 1431
At the June Union meeting a ballot initiative was moved to raise the Local's dues. This ballot is available in the Online Voting tab June 15th 0900 hours to June 24th 1700 hours.
Local 1431 Battalion Chief Shop Steward Ballot - June 2016
06/14/16 - Medford Firefighters Local 1431
At the June Union meeting nominations for Shop Stewards occurred which has a contested race for the Battalion Chief Shop Steward that requires a ballot for all members to vote on in order to determine the successful candidate for the July 1, 2017 appointment.  The ballot is available June 15th 0900 hours to June 24th at 1700 hours.
2016 Run/Walk To Remember
06/14/16 - Saint Paul Fire Foundation
The Saint Paul Fire Foundation and the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation are pleased to announce their partnership for the Run/Walk to Remember.  The 5K charity event will be held as part of the annual Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service on Sunday, September 25th, 2016.  Start time is 08:30.
May 2016 Meeting Minutes
06/14/16 - Asheville Fire Fighters Association
Livonia Spree 66
06/14/16 - IAFF Local 1164
Come out to the Livonia Spree 66 at ford field and stop by The Livonia Firefighters Charity Pizza Tent for lunch and help us support our Charity's. - Tues.6/21 4pm-11pm - Spree open.  - Wed.6/22 2pm-11pm - Spree open - Thur.6/23 2pm-11pm - Spree open - Fri.6/24 2pm-11pm - Spree open - Sat.6/25 12pm-11pm - Spree open - Sun.
Texarkana, Texas Firefighters Association Press Release
06/13/16 - IAFF Local 367
June 13, 2016 Texarkana, Texas Firefighters Association Press Release Texarkana’s professional fire fighters are highly trained and committed to being first on the scene of any emergency and doing whatever it takes to save lives and property. Even if that means putting their own lives on the line.
Local 718 members in Orlando
06/13/16 - Boston Fire Fighters
Local 282 Scholarship Winners & NYSPFFA Scholarship Winners
06/13/16 - Buffalo Professional Firefighters Assoc.
Buffalo Professional Firefighters Local 282 has once again given out scholarships for dependents of Members.  This year there are 6 scholarships given, three for $1,000 and three for $500. Congratulations goes out to Jacob Victor (Son of Lt. John Victor, L15, 2nd), Julia Pietromicca (Daughter of Lt.
Thank You from Mike Diaz
06/12/16 - IAFF Local 2180
Dear Local 2180 Members, Please join us this Thursday evening at La Bellas Pizzeria. Mike Diaz would like to offer up a sincere thank you for all the work that was put in for his Candidacy for District 4 Councilmember. We still have plenty of work to do and we will be needing all members participation in the upcoming November elections.
Water Safety This Summer
06/11/16 - IAFF Local F-273
 Summer is officially started! Woohoo.
Local 3169 Executive Board in Jacksonville
06/11/16 - IAFF Local 3169
Local 3169 Executive Board are currently in Jacksonville for the 72nd Florida Professional Firefighters convention.  Your board will be gaining and gleaning from the other departments from around the State of Florida.  As a reminder, our regular Union meeting scheduled for Monday July 4th will be postponed or cancelled.
Retirement Party
06/11/16 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
Hanover L-3288 Golf Tournament
06/10/16 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
The 7th Annual Professional Fire Fighters of Hanover Golf Tournament will be taking place Friday, August 26th at 8:30am at the Hanover Country Club.
Notice/Update on Injured Member Lt. David McLeod
06/10/16 - Detroit Fire Fighters Association
WFD Recruits Graduate From Mass Fire Academy
06/10/16 - Westport Fire Local1802
Congratulations Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Teixeira and Firefighter/Paramedic Robbie Greene for graduating Career Recruit Class #245. Paramedic Green is assigned to group 2 at the Briggs rd station. Paramedic Teixeira is assigned to group 4 station 1 on Hixbridge rd.
Summer Water Safety Tips from the IAFF
06/09/16 - IAFF Local 42
The suction from pool and hot tub drains can be stronger than you think. Install a dome-shaped cover. Visit makesafehappen for water safety tips to help get you through the summer safely.
2016 MDA Fill the Boot postponement
06/09/16 - IAFF Local 1014
Help Firefighters Prevent Cardiac Disease
06/09/16 - Northern Ohio Fire Fighters
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has a white paper outlining ways for firefighters to reduce risk for cardiac disease.  The white paper lays out a detailed plan for firefighters, company officers as well as leadership organizations.  It is an important read that should be posted in every fire station across the country.
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