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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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Support the Aces on Anchorage Fire Fighter Night
01/15/17 - IAFF Local 1264
Legislation expanding benefits to families of fallen first responders signed into law.
01/15/17 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Legislation expanding benefits to families of fallen first responders signed into law. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 LANSING, Mich. – Legislation extending medical benefits to surviving families of Michigan first responders who die in the line of duty was signed today by the Governor. “Supporting families of fallen first responders is unquestionably the right thing to do.
Who is “Gadsby” and why is he messing with my retiree health care benefits?
01/15/17 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
  Who is “Gadsby” and why is he messing with my retiree health care benefits? “Gadsby” or “GASB” is an acronym for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. GASB publishes rules that provide governments with accounting standards to use when completing their financial statements.
1014 weekend update January 13, 2017
01/13/17 - 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 1014 Weekend update Friday January 13, 2017 Good Friday the 13th to Local 1014 brothers and sisters.
General Membership Meetings
01/13/17 - IAFF Local 4416
On A Mission
01/13/17 - BFFA 3044
In this presentation, dynamic speaker, Dr. David Griffin speaks about organizational change, lessons the Charleston, SC Fire Department learned from the fateful day where 9 firefighters perished in the line of duty, through today where the organization is studied as a national model for change. All organizations need to learn the lessons from Charleston to ensure that they do not experience this type of tragic incident.
Westport Firefighters Respond to Fatal Accident on Merritt Parkway
01/12/17 - IAFF Local 1081
On January 11th 2017, a New Jersey man was killed today in a rollover in the southnound lanes of the Merritt Parkway just south of Exit 41 in Westport around 10:30 a.m., state police said. He was identified as Robert G. Bearden, 76, of Florham Park, New Jersey. Traffic was backed up as police carried out an investigation.
Westport Firefighters Respond to Fatal Accident on I-95
01/12/17 - IAFF Local 1081
On December 31st 2016 I-95 northbound between Exits 17 and 18 in Westport was shut down today following a fatal crash between Hales Road and Hillspoint Road. A rear seat passenger in a van not wearing a seat belt was killed when he was ejected from the vehicle after it was rear-ended, went down an embankment, and rolled over, state police said. Three persons in the van were injured.
Westport Firefighters Respond to Fatal Accident on Merritt Parkway
01/12/17 - IAFF Local 1081
A rollover accident on the Merritt Parkway tonight sent a car into the woods just off of Westport’s Twin Oaks Lane, killing a Stamford woman, state police said. The car ended upside down in the woods near Twin Oaks Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo Lisa C. Brown, 51, died and a passenger, Donell Alston, 40, suffered non life-threatening injuries, police said.
Toxic Fire of '78
01/12/17 - Chester Firefighters Local 1400
For the 39th anniversary of Box:524 (Front and Flower) the members of Local 1400 would like to dedicate a donated Gamewell Box on the outside of Chester Fire Station No. 1. This box will be dedicated to those members who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting this fire.  Location: Chester Fire Station No. 1 (1501 West 3rd Street) Time; 3pm For any questions email Gordon Pippin.
Executive Board Vacancies for City 1st Steward & County 4th Steward
01/12/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for City Chapter First Steward and County Chapter Fourth Steward for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint members to serve in these positions on February 2, 2017 until the next General Election in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5.
District 2 Meeting Place
01/12/17 - IAFF 1826
The "Beast" Whiskey
01/12/17 - IAFF Local 2494
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District 2 Meetings
01/12/17 - IAFF 1826
Emergency Services Director Opening
01/11/17 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Green Lake Township Emergency Services has a job opening for an Emergency Services Director. This is a full time paid position. Please visit our website at www.greenlaketownship.org or contact our office at 231-276-9329 for a full job description and list of qualifications.
IAFF Charity Poker Tournament
01/11/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
3rd ANNUAL MICHAEL KUCSMA MEMORIAL SYMPOSIUM FLYER
01/11/17 - IAFF Local 740
March 5-8, 2017: Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference
01/11/17 - UPFFA
Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference March 5-8, 2017 Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Washington, DC The Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference has long been the cornerstone of the IAFF’s legislative efforts.
2017 Local 21 Ice Fishing Tournament
01/11/17 - IAFF Local 21
Soddy- Daisy Local 5112
01/11/17 - IAFF 14th District
Soddy-Daisy, TN Local 5112 received their charter from Tennessee State Association President Eddie Mitchell on January 10, 2017.
National Firefighter Ski Races
01/11/17 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
This January  has been the snowiest January the mountains have seen in 100 years.  How would you like to enjoy all this powder by skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk all at an unbelievably low price and at the same time raising money for the Denver Fire Burn Foundation and IAFF Foundation.
Next Regular Union Meeting
01/11/17 - IAFF 323
NEXT Burnaby Firefighters Local 323 Membership Meeting The next regular meeting of Local 323 is on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6515 Bonsor Ave, Burnaby, starting at 6:00 pm. Future meetings are scheduled to take place on the following dates: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Thursday, March 9, 2017 Wednesday, April 12, 2017
GoFundMe Account for Frankie Cochran Wyatt
01/10/17 - IAFF Local 42
A GoFundMe Account has been established for the daughter of KCFD Active Retiree Mike Daniels, Sr., Frankie Cochran Wyatt.  Frankie is suffering from a rare autoimmune disease that affects 1 in one million people.  This disease has no cure because it is so rare.  Read more here.
CFR - 2016
01/10/17 - International Association of Firefighters Local 1782
Here is a recap of what happened at Coquitlam Fire Rescue in 2016! We responded to over 7300 emergency incidents, spent 1000s of hours training, 3500 volunteer hours in our community and raised over $120,000.00 for various charities including the BCPFFA Burn Fund, Muscular Dystrophy Canada and our own Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society.
2017 Legislative Reception
01/10/17 - IAFF Local 135
Officers and Members The Annual Kansas State Council of Fire Fighters Legislative Reception will be Thursday February 9th 5:30 pm.  Thursday afternoon between 1:30 and 2:00 President Wing will have an executive board meeting with all members encouraged to attend.  The reception and board meeting will be located at the Ramada Convention Center, Downtown Topeka.
Looking Forward to an Amazing 2017
01/09/17 - Cambridge Professional Fire Fighters' Association
HELP OPPOSE ANTI-WORKER PUZDER NOMINATION
01/09/17 - Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
Tell the US Senate that you oppose and resist anti-worker Puzder nomination and SIGN the petition.
Local #1 Ski Trip 2017
01/09/17 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
Pittsburgh Fire Fighters Local No #1 &                    FOP Lodge #1 10TH Annual Ski Trip at 7 Springs Mountain Resort Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 starting at 4pm and Friday, February 3rd, 2017 until 7pm Local #1 Group Rate Cost: $180.
Open Enrollment
01/09/17 - Chester Firefighters Local 1400
Open Enrollment Presentation By New Insurance Carrier Meritain Aetna City Hall Community rm Mon. 10:00 A Plt. Mon. 2 pm Tue. 10:00 B Plt. Tue. 2 pm Wed. 10:00 C Plt. Wed. 2 pm Thr. 10:00 Thr. 2 pm Fri. 10:00 D Plt. Fri. 2 pm Bring SS cards, birth certificates & marriage license for dependents Off duty members & retirees can come to any other Plt. Date.
MDA Boot Camp
01/09/17 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
Benevolent Fund and TV Fund Deductions
01/09/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
Attention Members: Be advised, deductions for Benevolent and TV Fund will be deducted in this month (January 2017) in accordance with Article IV, Section 6 and Section 10 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws.  City Chapter Members: Please be advised that deductions for Benevolent Fund and TV Fund are scheduled to come out during the first pay period in January 2017.
SHS Girls Basketball Thank You
01/09/17 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
WSCFF Scholarship 2017
01/07/17 - IAFF Local 2819
The WSCFF Scholarship Application period is open until March 15th.  Please refer to the application HERE. Some of the criterion to apply include the applicant being a Senior in High School and the applicant requiring a letter from the Secretary indicating the parent is a member-in-good-standing.  Good luck.
2017 Shift Calendars
01/07/17 - IAFF Local 2546
Local 2546 Update - Shift Calendars Members, Family and Friends: This year the Local will be providing shift calendars via three methods based on feedback from our members - the Local 2546 App for Android and iOS, a mobile web version and a physical pocket calendar. Currently the Local 2546 App is in review by Apple's App Store.
Legislative Reception
01/07/17 - Kansas State Council of Fire Fighters
Officers and Members The Annual Kansas State Council of Fire Fighters Legislative Reception will be Thursday February 9th 5:30 pm.  Thursday afternoon between 1:30 and 2:00 President Wing will have an executive board meeting with all members encouraged to attend.  The reception and board meeting will be located at the Ramada Convention Center, Downtown Topeka.
SAFER Grant OPEN
01/07/17 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The SAFER Grant Application Process will open on Monday, January 9, 2017 and closes on Friday, February 10, 2017.  Please see the important changes to SAFER Grants here.
SAFER GRANT Application Period Now Open
01/07/17 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
AFG E-MAIL ALERT |01.04.
First meeting of 2017
01/07/17 - IAFF Local F283
There is a union meeting tomorrow 0830 at Station 2. Hope to see everyone there for the first meeting of 2017.
Red Hot Night 2017
01/06/17 - Shelby Twp. IAFF Local 1338
Shelby Township Fire Fighters Local 1338 will be hosting our 27th Annual Red Hot Night Dinner Dance/Fundraiser Saturday February 11, 2017 at The Palazzo Grande This event is open to anyone over 21 years old.  This is an open public charity fundraiser for Great lakes Burn Camp.
Retirement Tools
01/06/17 - IAFF Local 2819
For those thinking of retirement, we have an assortment of tools designed to assist you with making hard decisions. The LEOFF II board recently released the Retirement Checklist document to outline the minimum number of considerations that should be addressed before pulling that trigger.  Anyone considering retirement in the next five years will benefit from reviewing it.
Chucky's Fight Groundhog Day Dip
01/06/17 - Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire
A chance to help knockout adiction. You can help by joining taking the dip. It is easy ask your friends and family to sponsor you, no amount is too small.  Join us in this fight to help Chucky and those seeking treatment for addiction. Show up on February 2nd at 10am, jump into the ocean and join us as we present the raised funds to a worthy cause -- "Chucky' s Fight.
MPFF President's January 17 Update
01/06/17 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
Dear Sisters & Brothers, Happy New Year! I wish you much joy, peace, and happiness in 2017! A lot has happened since my last update and there is much to catch you up on. New IAFF Local and MPFF Affiliate On November 21st, IAFF 5th District VP Tom Thornberg presented Hastings Firefighters Local 5113 with their IAFF Charter.
Michael Kucsma Symposium
01/06/17 - Professional Firefighters of Maine
Don Shawver Funeral Services
01/05/17 - Arcadia Fire Fighters Association
Funeral services for Retired Division Chief Don Shawver are as follows: When: January 7, 2017 at 11:00 am ***uniformed personnel please arrive by 10am*** ... Where: Church of the Good Shepherd 400 W. Duarte Rd Arcadia, CA 91007 Class A Uniforms for active duty and retired. Fire apparatus parking will be located in the NW parking lot of the church.
2017 Fire Relief Calendar
01/05/17 - IAFF local 1617
2017 Fire Relief Calendar daily Winners!  Thank You for your support and Good Luck!! Click on "Read More..." for the full list of winners. Jan. 1: Richard Grant Jan. 2: John Doty Jan. 3: Mike Weber Jan. 4: Dawn Landry Jan.
Cadillac Tax Repeal Bill Introduced: One of First in New Congress
01/05/17 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
The 2017 fight to repeal the ill-conceived Cadillac Tax began this week when Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced legislation, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017 (HR 173), that would eliminate the 40 percent tax on employer-provided health care.
Cadillac Tax Repeal Bill Introduced: One of First in New Congress
01/05/17 - New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association
     The 2017 fight to repeal the ill-conceived Cadillac Tax began this week when Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced legislation, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017 (HR 173), that would eliminate the 40 percent tax on employer-provided health care.
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