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Massachusetts Fire Fighters Sing 'Let It Go' to Calm a Scared Girl Stuck in an Elevator

Massachusetts Fire Fighters Sing 'Let It Go' to Calm a Scared Girl Stuck in an Elevator

Members of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1640 of Reading, Mass., not only rescued a four-year-old girl, her mom and younger brother from being stuck in an elevator, but they serenaded her with the song "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen" to alleviate her fears. 

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No Fancy Commercials, but Super Bowl is Brought to You by Union Members

Photo via NFLPA

Sunday was the first outdoor, cold weather site Super Bowl in the game’s 48-year history. The frigid weather in the weeks leading up to the game didn't  stop the thousands of union members who brought you the game. On the scene at MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands or behind the scenes at many facilities in the Metro New York-New Jersey area, union members made the nation’s national party day possible.   

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Orr Takes Immediate Aim at Pensions After Judge OKs Detroit Bankruptcy

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A federal bankruptcy judge today ruled that the city of Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection and may cut pension benefits for retired city workers despite a provision in the state’s Constitution banning such pension cuts. Attorneys for city workers, firefighters and police officers say they will appeal the judge’s ruling.

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Real Men (and Women) Wear Pink

Real Men (and Women) Wear Pink

Firefighters are dedicated to saving lives, and not just when responding to an emergency. Throughout October, America’s professional firefighters are sporting the color pink in campaigns to fight breast and other cancers. As part of this effort, the Fire Fighters (IAFF) union is going Passionately Pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to support Susan G. Komen in its mission to end breast cancer.

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Fallen Firefighters Honored

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More than 5,000 people honored the lives of 157 firefighters and paramedics who died in the line of duty during the past year at the 27th annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial service in Colorado Springs on Sept. 21. As each fallen firefighter’s name was called, a bell was rung and family members were presented with ceremonial folded flags.

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FireOps Course Highlights Demands of Job, Dangers of Sequestration

Fire Fighters (IAFF)  Local 230 invited elected officials and attendees of Netroots Nation, a conference for progressives and activists, to take part in a basic firefighting class at its training facility in San Jose, Calif. Participants climbed ladders, operated fire hoses and Jaws of Life, performed CPR and navigated through a warren of dark, tight corridors—all while wearing full firefighting gear.

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Happy 4th of July

Photo by Bayasaa, Flickr.

We at the AFL-CIO would like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe 4th of July. 

In case you missed it, here's our July 4th shopping list (if you're running out to the store at the last minute) and some grill and fire safety tips brought to you by the Fire Fighters (IAFF). 

If you plan on shooting off your own fireworks, here's a great Facebook graphic from IAFF on fireworks safety.

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19 Firefighters Killed Battling Arizona Wildfire

Prescott Fire Dept. photo

Nineteen Arizona firefighters, 18 from an elite wildfire unit, were killed Sunday in an out-of-control blaze about 80 miles north of Phoenix. The members of the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew team were dispatched to the front lines of the Yarnell Hill fire to establish a fire line to try to slow fire that reportedly had wind-driven flames as high as 20 feet.

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In Case You Missed It: Labor at Netroots Nation 2013

Working families had a strong presence at the annual Netroots Nation conference for progressive activists, with several unions co-sponsoring the event, numerous labor-sponsored events and displays and 30 panels with themes about workplace rights or union activists as speakers. Netroots Nation is the largest annual conference of progressive activists and has grown well beyond its initial creation as a get-together for lefty bloggers and fans of the Daily Kos website. 

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This Memorial Day, Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives for Freedom

This Memorial Day, Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives for Freedom

James Gilbert is director of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Many Americans will enjoy a day off with family and friends, perhaps at a barbecue or baseball game. Those times and the memories that are created are precious and should be celebrated. Since 1868, this holiday has served as a moment when Americans remember the men and women of the military who lost their lives to preserve our freedom.

In that spirit, I ask that you take time this weekend to do something with your family to pass along the tradition of remembrance. All across the country, there will be ceremonies at many of the 131 Department of Veterans Affairs cemeteries. The National Cemetery Administration honors veterans with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service to our nation. To find out where and when a wreath-laying is happening in your area, go to the National Cemetery Administration’s website.

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