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Vic, AU: CFA Cuts, UFUA Howls

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“…job cuts are ill-conceived and stupid” Victoria, Australia’s Country Fire Authority (CFA), the state agency providing fire service outside Melbourne, Geelong, and other cities is cutting 164 positions on the brink of the 2014 fire season. The United Firefighters Union of Australia (UFUA) Victoria Branch is taking strong exception to the cuts. Peter Marshall, UFUA […]

England’s Fire Brigade on Strike This Weekend

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Pensions the Focus Thousands of firefighters are strike on through Monday night in the latest escalation over the Conservative government’s program to “reform” pension benefits for firefighters across the nation. The crisis has continued for well over a year including shorter strike actions as the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) has fought to counter assertions that […]

Providence: A HoMo Horror

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The Ideology of Queerness? In 2001, Providence, R.I., firefighters drove a rig in a Gay Pride parade. Thirteen years later, that drive is the subject of a R.I. State Supreme Court case. Firefighters allege that their rights of free speech and religion were violated by then Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr.’s edict to participate. The Providence Journal […]

Labor: Leave Ray Rice Alone

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An Extra-Judicial “Lynching” Ray Rice, former Baltimore Ravens running back is being destroyed by law enforcement, the NFL, Ravens management and reckless media for an unsavory act that has been handled by the justice system. Rice has not been convicted of a crime, if fact, he hasn’t even been prosecuted. Still, he lost his job. […]

9/11 at 13: Memory, Memorial, Myth

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How Do You Feel About Pearl Harbor? At some point 9/11 will likely become an anniversary celebrated each ten years. No matter how compelling the catastrophe, time erodes both the power of it and the decreasing number of people with a personal connection. People pass on and they are replaced. You could be half way […]

Safety: Lopez Killer Sentenced

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Arthur Lopez, Police Officer and Firefighter Lopez made a routine traffic stop in Nassau County, New York, in 2012. He walked up to the car and the driver, Darrell Fuller, a criminal with a long and violent history, shot him point blank in the chest. This past week Fuller was sentenced to life without parole. […]

Labor Rights Are Human Rights

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Yes, Happy Labor Day Should Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul all agree that we have the right to band together to fight for decent wages and benefits for working Americans and their families? I think so. And yet, in many parts of the US firefighters and paramedics are denied that fundamental right of […]

IAFF Politics: Shit-Canned?

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Another One Bites the Dust Word on the street this week is that local 2068 president John Neimeic, a Harold Schaitberger protege, has been unceremoniously kicked to the fourth district curb. Some background is called for. The IAFF’s 4th district includes Virginia, Maryland, DC, West Virginia and Delaware. (All of the professional firefighters in Delaware […]

Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”

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$2.5 Million Lawsuit The facts are basically these: Guy’s on the job for 10 years, first day on a temporary assignment,  in the locker room looking for a locker. He asserts that a co-worker said, “Hey, Sugar” and then two co-workers “grabbed him from behind, simulating sexual intercourse while one fondled him.” He choked one of […]

Ethics: Reg Wants to Know

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IAFF as ATM Reg Verner, of IAFF Local 3591, pegged me yesterday as a faker because I didn’t call an ethics foul while I worked at the IAFF. Actually, he’s not the only one to do it, there have been others, including guys from my own local. As they have no substantive response to all […]

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