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Real Men and Women Wear Pink

Real Men and Women Wear Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as always, the Fire Fighters (IAFF) union is taking up the challenge to raise awareness by wearing pink. Over at the IAFF website, they've gathered a nice round-up of pictures of firefighters in pink, with pink fire trucks and pink ribbons on firehouses.

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Now THIS Is What We Call the Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge

Leave it to union members to take the meaning of the word "solidarity" to a whole other level. Hat tip to Bridget Nee-Walsh, a staff member of the Ironworkers, for sharing this video on Facebook of union building trades members doing a collective "ice bucket challenge."

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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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Orr Takes Immediate Aim at Pensions After Judge OKs Detroit Bankruptcy


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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Fallen Firefighters Honored

IAFF photo

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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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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Your Afternoon Dose of Cute: Union 'Thugs' Rescue Pugs

D.C. firefighters rescue a pug puppy from a hot car.

Sarah Lewis, policy researcher at the AFL-CIO, sends us this tweet about Washington, D.C., Fire Fighters Local 36 (@IAFF36) rescuing a pug puppy from a steaming hot car. See the tweet after the jump:

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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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Strong Grassroots Actions Block Mass. Pension Scheme

Union members in Swampscott, Mass., this week showed just how grassroots democracy works when a coalition of unions from the North Shore Labor Council mobilized to turn back an attack on public employees’ health care and retirement security.

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ALEC Not OK in Oklahoma

Not everything is OK in Oklahoma and as far as Sooner State working families are concerned, that includes the extremist and corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  This afternoon hundreds of union and community activists will join the Fire Fighters (IAFF) for a rally and march in Oklahoma City to ALEC’s annual meeting at the city’s Cox Convention Center.

A live stream of the rally, which will include IAFF President Harold Schaitberger, will begin at 4 p.m. (CDT).  

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