IAFF leaders across the United States and Canada go above and beyond the call of duty to protect the interests of their members. At the IAFF 54th Convention, 16 affiliate leaders, one from each district, were honored with an IAFF Leadership Award for their accomplishments in serving their locals and the union. “Each of the… Read More…
As delegates at the IAFF Centennial Convention were hard-at-work writing the next chapter of IAFF history, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin (PFFW) President Mahlon Mitchell, who is running for governor of Wisconsin, took time away from the campaign trail to join his fellow union brothers and sisters to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the union.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has a long history of supporting the IAFF and the labor movement. As a guest at the IAFF 54th Convention, Inslee said he would always be on the side of labor.
In a heartwarming moment during Wednesday’s business session, MDA Ambassador Natalie Olson – who is among the first to be treated for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) with Spinraza, the first-ever FDA-approved therapy for SMA in 2016 – told delegates, “Thank you fire fighters for being who you are. Happy 100th anniversary.”
During the second day of business at the IAFF 54th Convention, delegates passed resolutions to resource the IAFF to provide affiliates with the tools and services needed to win political fights, preserve members’ health and safety and assist members and their families when disaster or tragedy strikes. In addition, delegates approved a total of $0.98 in per capita increases, including a $0.33 increase for inflation, bringing the total to $14.57 per member per month.
Delegates at the IAFF 54th Convention welcomed a voice of solidarity and unity from across the pond Tuesday. General Secretary of the United Kingdom’s Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Matt Wrack congratulated the IAFF and Convention delegates on International’s 100th anniversary while expressing solidarity on issues including trade unionism and fire safety standards.
At our #IAFFCentennialConvention, we asked emeriti officers here in Seattle to share their thoughts on how the fire service and the IAFF have evolved and about important milestones that occurred during their tenure.
August 6 – To celebrate a century of progress and prepare for a bright future, more than 3,100 delegates, alternates and guests gathered in Seattle, Washington, for the IAFF 54th Convention. “It was over 100 years ago that the initial spark of unionism hit our profession,” said IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger during his state… Read More…