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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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New Members Sworn In
09/30/16 - IAFF Somerville Fire Local 76
Terry Farrell Firefighters Charity Ball
09/30/16 - IAFF Local #1945
The annual Terry Farrell Firefighter Charity ball is this Saturday October 8th. We all know how much the Terry Fund has done for all firefighters in the area when something tragic happens to our fire family. This night helps fund all those great things that they are able to do for us when in need.  For more information on the event and the ability to register click HERE .
2016 IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial
09/29/16 - IAFF Local 42
This group photo of IAFF Local 42 Members and Family Members and Friends of our three Fallen Brothers was taken in Colorado Springs, CO at the 2016 IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service.  The IAFF placed the names of three members of the KCFD and IAFF Local 42 who died in the Line of Duty: FAO Larry Leggio, Firefighter John Mesh and Firefighter Danny Rapp in 2015.
IAFF Local 3972 Executive Board Meeting
09/29/16 - IAFF Local 3972
Our next Executive Board meeting will be on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 1000 hours at our Local office at 133 Evergreen Road, Louisville, Kentucky in the 2nd floor conference room.  If you have any questions, please contact President Natalie S. Taylor at ntaylor@iafflocal3972.com.
1 Regional Union Merger Vote
09/29/16 - IAFF Local F-102
All Hands,    There is an online vote to be conducted starting today 29 Sep 16 to determine a "Sense of the Union" concerning a potential merger/consolidation of CNRSW IAFF Locals. You may cast your vote after 4 p.m. today. You may find the vote under 'Member Resources" on the Union online webpage.
The Facts About Zika Virus
09/29/16 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
The Facts About Zika Virus     Do you want to know a little more about the Zika virus, symptoms or how to protect yourself? Click here for the latest from the CDC.
Prescription Drug Savings Cards
09/29/16 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
Prescription Drug Savings Cards    Do you find yourself without any choice but to take a name brand medication that has a high co-pay?    By clicking the link below you will be taken to a list of the most common brand medications used by our group and links to co-pay savings cards offered by the manufacturer's.
BENEFITS ADMINISTRATOR
09/29/16 - Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Employee Benefits Fund
  BENEFITS ADMINISTRATOR Earlier this year with the uncertainty of whether Rick Rhodes would stay on in the position of Benefits Administrator for the Fund pending his retirement from the fire department the Fund completed an exhaustive nationwide search for a possible replacement.  The position was also opened up to all participants of the Fund.
MDA CHECK PRESENTATION
09/28/16 - Holyoke Firefighters IAFF Local 1693
Local 1693 members recently presented a check for $13,5700 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Massachusetts. Money was raised through the local "Fill the Boot" drive and on-line donations.  Local 1693 would like to thank the citizens of Holyoke and all others who donated to the MDA.
City Chapter Special Meeting to Review and Approve IAFF Proposal for ALS/BLS Redistribution
09/28/16 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
A Special Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:00p.m. in accordance with Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution & By-Laws. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the IAFF Local 244 proposal to enhance AFD's EMS delivery to adapt to current call volume trends that will better serve the public.
Fire Prevention Week Open House
09/28/16 - IAFF Local 1164
(Seven mile Road at Wayne Road) Fire hose target practice for the kids Games and giveaways Firefighter dress-up for the kids Cooking fire Demonstrations Fire Safety information Visit our station for a close-up look At firefighting equipment and vehicles. Call 734-466-2444 for more information. BRING YOUR CAMERA.
Denver Bronco Local 858 Hoodies are back!
09/28/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
Good morning all members, if you missed out on the Denver Broncos Local 858 hoodies that we had in stock last year, well today is your lucky day.  We have more in stock, they are available at the Union Office, the online store, and we will have them for sale @ the Chile Cook-off this Friday.  They are proudly American made and Union printed and sell for $40 a piece.
MPFFU Executive Board Meeting Minutes September 12, 2016
09/27/16 - Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
Caddo Parish Fire District 1 Recruiting
09/27/16 - PFFA
FF Paramedic Sean McMullin, IAFF Local 2665
09/27/16 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The members of the West County EMS & Fire Protection District, Board of Directors, and Members of International Association of Firefighters Local 2665 continue to mourn the loss of our dear brother, Firefighter/Paramedic Sean McMullin. Firefighter/Paramedic McMullin served the residents of our District for 14 years, prior to his death September 24th, 2016.
Breast Cancer Awareness T Shirts
09/27/16 - Waterbury Fire Fighters Association
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month... Waterbury's Bravest will be wearing their share of pink! Each year our members don the pink shirts to help raise money for Saint Mary's Hospital Foundations Early Detection Program. Help us help them by purchasing a pink fire department T shirt. T Shirts are $20 and they will be available beginning Friday Sept. 30.
September 27, 2016: Line Of Duty Death, Battalion Chief Fahy, Local 854
09/27/16 - UPFFA
The Officers & Members of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut offers our thoughts & prayers to our brothers & sisters of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Local 854, & Uniformed Fire Fighters Association, Local 94, on the line of duty death this morning of Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy.
Kotraba Benefit
09/27/16 - IAFF Local 73
Passing of Retired FF Arthur Harris
09/27/16 - Randolph FireFighters IAFF Local 1268
Memorandum TO:           Kevin McDonnell, President L1268 IAFF/PFFM                              FROM:     Fire Chief Richard F.
LETTER OF COMMUNICATION
09/27/16 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
TO:        ALL PFFM Members FROM:  The Office of the President DATE:   September 26, 2016   RE: Death of Active Duty Member  - Firefighter Greg Hawes, L2726 - Hanover, MA.
Lt. Leach and FF Fickes Memorial Service scheduled
09/26/16 - Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
The Memorial Service for Lt. Leach and FF Fickes has been scheduled for Saturday October 1, 2016 @ 1300 hrs. Chase Center on the Riverfront 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Funeral services will be scheduled and limited to family, friends and members of the Wilmington Fire Department.
FEO Slavik Adoption Efforts
09/26/16 - IAFF Local 21
Saint Paul Fire Equipment Operator Jon Slavik and his family are currently in the process of adopting children from the Philippines. Please take time to read their story and if compelled make a contribution toward their adoption efforts. To learn more CLICK on the picture below.
Child in Need
09/26/16 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
Nate Manning's (9/B) 5 year old nephew & his mother were residents of the Williamson St Fire that completely destroyed the structure. They lost everything they had. We are seeking donations for children's clothes or toys to help them get back on their feet. His clothing size is 5 or 6 for pants, medium for shirts, & size 1 for shoes.
Hero's Haul
09/26/16 - IAFF Local 21
Have a Beer, Help a Child!
09/26/16 - Toy Program
Run Wild San(ta) Francisco
09/26/16 - Toy Program
San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program Annual Gala
09/26/16 - Toy Program
Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Honors 123 in Moving Ceremony
09/26/16 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
The names of 123 IAFF members who died in the line of duty and reported to the IAFF in the last year are now etched in granite, to be remembered forever by family, friends and fellow fire fighters in communities across North America.
Negotiations
09/26/16 - IAFF Local 3169
Union Members, Our negotiations team will begin workshops with the BCC's County negotiations team next month.  We ask that you come to the regular scheduled Union meetings to hear updates and put input in during these times.  We as an Executive Board will be making our rounds to stations for input into our future contract.
2016 Local 786 Golf Tournament
09/25/16 - IAFF Local 786
STAMFORD PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 786 GOLF TOURNAMENT - The 2016 Local 786 Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course on Stillwater Road. Registration/breakfast begins at 7:30 AM and shotgun start at 09:00 AM. Cost is $125 per person ($100 for 786 retirees). The application and flyer is attached below:
Important Local F-147 Updates and 2 New Voting Initiatives
09/25/16 - International Association of Firefighters
Active members, log in and read the article titled "September 26th, 2016 Update" in the President's Corner for important updates. After reading the article click on the "Online Voting" tab in the Member Resources section and vote for both new initiatives. Make sure you vote for each one individually.
2 Livonia Churchill freshmen in stolen Mustang killed in crash
09/25/16 - IAFF Local 1164
Two Livonia Churchill High School freshmen boys were killed  Saturday in Plymouth Township after the stolen Ford Mustang they were in hit a minivan, rolled over and burst into flames, police said. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the teens' ages as 14 and 15 but didn't release their names Sunday afternoon.
NKC Chili Supper
09/25/16 - Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
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 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
Norfolk's Grand Illumination Parade Sign Up
09/22/16 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
Sign up now to celebrate the holiday season with us as we march in Norfolk's Grand Illumination Parade on Saturday, November 19th (C-shift). Specific meeting time is not set yet, but attendees should expect to be in Norfolk around 4pm or meet at training to car pool in the training van between 2-3pm. The parade ends around 10pm. More info will be announced in the beginning of November.
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.
September 30, 2016
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