IAFF News

In IAFF Victory, EPA to Study Flame Retardants

From IAFF Website After a sustained campaign by the IAFF, and pursuant to passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will study the potential risks of certain flame retardants to human health and the environment. IAFF members are well aware of the […]

The History of our Great Union

IAFF – A Century of Service      

Local Firefighters attending IAFF Convention in Las Vegas

Representatives of the St. John’s Fire Fighters Association are in Las Vegas this week to attend the IAFF Biennial Convention   http://client.prod.iaff.org/#page=conv2016  

First Episode “The Kitchen Table”

The IAFF difference, how a union of and by its members works http://client.prod.iaff.org/#contentid=22672

December 3 Marks 15th Anniversary of the Worcester 6

December 3 Marks 15th Anniversary of the Worcester 6

From IAFF   On December 3, 2014, the IAFF is remembering the six members of Worcester, MA Local 1009 – Thomas Spencer, Paul Brotherton, Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey, James Lyons and Joseph McGuirk – who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they were fighting the multiple-alarm Worcester and Cold Storage Warehouse fire. “Fifteen years may seem […]

Thousands Gather at Memorial Park to Honor Fallen Fire Fighters

From IAFF.org September 21, 2104 — Under a bright blue September sky, thousands of friends, family members, comrades and local spectators gathered at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to pay solemn tribute to the IAFF members who gave their lives in service to their communities. More than 5,000 people, many arriving from across the United […]

St John’s Fire Fighters Rise to the ALS Challenge

In response to a challenge by the RNC and Corner Brook Fire Fighters http://www.sjffa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/IMG_3170.mov IMG_3170

IAFF Stands With APWU to Boycott Staples

July 13, 2014 – The IAFF is urging members, friends and family to no longer shop at Staples stores. Staples and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) have entered an agreement that jeopardizes your mail service and your local post office by replacing full-service U.S. Post Offices with knock-off post offices in Staples stores that are not staffed with U.S. Postal Service employees.

Memorial to Honor Fallen Houston Fire Fighter Daniel Groover

July 12, 2014 — Houston Local 341 fire fighters will gather this morning to hold a memorial for one of their own killed in the line of duty.

ICYMI: IAFF Legislative Conference Speaker Videos

March 18, 2014 — Watch video of speakers at the 2014 IAFF Legislative Conference.

The IAFF Foundation Is Now a Combined Federal Campaign Approved Charity!

July 2, 2014 – The IAFF Foundation is pleased to join federal employees and more than 4,000 approved charities in continuing the legacy of giving. The International Association of Fire Fighters Foundation Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number is 60288.

Supreme Court Chips Away At Worker Rights… Again

June 30, 2014 – In another example of why elections matter, the politically appointed members of the U.S. Supreme Court handed down their decision today in Harris v. Quinn today. Harris involves a challenge by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of eight in-home health care workers for Medicaid recipients against the state of Illinois (and indirectly SEIU. The Supreme Court ruled narrowly that the First Amendment prohibits a union’s collection of fees for the cost of representation activities (known as “agency fees”) from in-home health care workers who do not wish to join or support the union.

One Year Ago: 19 Fall in the Line of Duty Fighting Yarnell Fire

June 30, 2014 – The IAFF is remembering the loss of 19 Prescott, Arizona fire fighters killed battling a fast moving wildfire near Yarnell on June 30, 2013. The deaths mark the greatest loss of fire fighter lives in a single incident since September 11.

PHOTO GALLERY: IAFF Legislative Conference

Could Your Flame Retardant Sofa Kill Fire Fighters?

June 24, 2014 — For years, fire fighters and environmentalists have warned of the dangers from upholstered furniture treated with flame-retardant chemicals that are linked to cancer, decreased fertility, hormone disruption and lower IQ development. A bill in California would require upholstered furniture manufacturers to clearly disclose whether or not furniture sold in California contains flame-retardant chemicals. The information would be provided on the product labels that are already required by current regulations.

Could Your Flame Retardant Sofa Kill Fire Fighters?

June 24, 2014 — For years, fire fighters and environmentalists have warned of the dangers from upholstered furniture treated with flame-retardant chemicals that are linked to cancer, decreased fertility, hormone disruption and lower IQ development. A bill in California would require upholstered furniture manufacturers to clearly disclose whether or not furniture sold in California contains flame-retardant chemicals. The information would be provided on the product labels that are already required by current regulations.

Fire Statistics Issue in Motion on Parliament Hill

June 20, 2014 — The longstanding issue of national fire service statistics got a shot in the arm June 19 thanks to the efforts of an IAFF ally on Parliament Hill.

Remembering the Charleston 9

June 18, 2014 – Today marks the seventh anniversary of one of the darkest days in IAFF history. On June 18, 2007, nine Charleston, South Carolina, fire fighters — including members of Charleston Local 61 — died in the line of duty as they fought to extinguish the Charleston Sofa Super Store fire.

IAFF Testifies on Capitol Hill to Improve Wildfire Training, Coordination

June 6, 2014 – IAFF Assistant to the General President for Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Kevin O’Connor told a Congressional subcommittee June 5 the federal approach to managing wildfires must evolve, recommending the establishment of a Blue Ribbon Commission to jumpstart the process. O’Connor delivered his remarks before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations and the District of Columbia.

Apply for the Harvard University Trade Union Program Scholarship

June 5, 2014 — The IAFF is accepting applications for the 2015 Harvard Trade Union Program, an intensive six-week residential program offering union officials the opportunity to explore key issues in the labor movement. The next academic session is scheduled for January 12–February 20, 2015. The deadline for submitting applications is July 1, 2014.