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The Story of the West Virginia Mine Wars

The Story of the West Virginia Mine Wars

March 17, 2021

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In the early 1900’s in the coal fields of southern West Virginia, miners faced desperate circumstances. Below ground they withstood some of the worst working conditions in America. Above ground they dealt with brutal mine guards and a mine guard system that controlled the politics and economy of the region. Very few people know of the struggle that took place in these mountains, in this place, and the rights that miners fought for between 1900 and 1921. 

Mark and Doug sit down with Lou Martin, Secretary of the Board for the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, and Dave Coker, IAFF Strategic Organizer and Greensboro NC Local 947 president, to tell the story of what these miners went through, how it correlates to today's labor movement and a special fundraiser Dave is hosting to get the word out about this not so well known time in American history.

 

Visit the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum Website

 

Dave's Fundraiser

 

Charlotte NC: Staying Positive in a Tough Labor Environment

Charlotte NC: Staying Positive in a Tough Labor Environment

March 11, 2021

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North Carolina is a tough environment for labor unions. Collective bargaining is banned in the state constitution.  Charlotte Local 660 President Tom Brewer sits down with Mark and Doug to discuss the issues the local is up against, how he navigates this environment while still providing value for his members and the importance of staying positive through it all.

The Memphis Fire Fighter Strike of 1978

The Memphis Fire Fighter Strike of 1978

March 2, 2021

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In 1978, fire fighters in Memphis were one of several groups of fire fighters across the country to go on strike in protest of the way they were being treated by their cities. IAFF 14th District Vice President Danny Todd and Memphis Fire Fighters Local 1784 President Thomas Malone tell the story of the conditions leading up to the strike, the obstacles they faced on the job and how fire fighters in Memphis reached their boiling points and walked off the job twice in the summer of 1978.

Cancer – Science, Research and Best Practices

Cancer – Science, Research and Best Practices

January 28, 2021

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Dr. Aisha Rivera from Johns Hopkins University and Racquel Segall from the IAFF’s Health and Safety Department discuss the science around cancer in the fire service, research projects the IAFF is involved with, prevention best practices and how the IAFF can assist departments with cancer questions.

Visit the IAFF Cancer Awareness Month Page

Labor-Management Relations: Navigating Cancer in the Fire Service

Labor-Management Relations: Navigating Cancer in the Fire Service

January 18, 2021

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In this episode, Mark and Doug talk with Garland, TX Local 1293 President Bill Crews and Fire Chief Mark Lee about the benefits of having a positive labor/management relationship in place to strengthen cancer prevention efforts and take care of members when they are diagnosed.

 

Visit the IAFF Cancer Awareness Month Page

The Firefighter Cancer Support Network: Bryan Frieders

The Firefighter Cancer Support Network: Bryan Frieders

January 11, 2021

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Mark and Doug are joined by Bryan Frieders, president of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), to discuss the organization's rise and structure, its mission to keep fire fighters safe, its alliance with the IAFF, and the resources it provides in support of fire fighters who have received that dreaded cancer diagnosis. Bryan also explains efforts being taken by the FCSN to reduce cancer exposures in the fire service. 

 

Visit the IAFF Cancer Awareness Month Page

Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month: The National Fire Fighter Registry

Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month: The National Fire Fighter Registry

January 4, 2021

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For the first week in the Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month podcast series, Doug and Mark are joined by Dr. Kenny Fent and Dr. Miriam Siegel from NIOSH to discuss the National Firefighter Registry (NFR). Listen along to better understand what the NFR is, the legislative efforts behind getting the registry created, why it was created, who can join the registry and how the registry can be used to better understand occupational cancer in the fire service.

Visit the IAFF Cancer Awareness Month Page

 

 

Oregon Burning

Oregon Burning

November 24, 2020

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In September of 2020, massive wildfires raced through Oregon and left many communities in ruins.  Oregon State Fire Fighters Council President Karl Koenig and members of his leadership team join the show to discuss the severity of the fires, the State Council and IAFF response to support our members, and the psychological and economic impact these fires will have on Oregon in the years to come.

The Situation in Atlanta

The Situation in Atlanta

September 3, 2020

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Tensions in Atlanta have been running high since the George Floyd incident gripped our nation several months ago.  During this time, Atlanta Fire Fighters have faced many challenges. From rocks thrown at fire engines to ballistic gear being issued to members, the fire fighters that protect this great city did a tremendous job of responding to the situation at hand.

Atlanta fire fighters Paul Gerdis and Andrew Anderson join the IAFF Podcast to discuss the situation in their city, how its fire fighters continued to respond amid the challenges they faced and how despite their differences, they all came together to keep their city safe.

The IAFF/MDA Partnership: More Than Just Fill the Boot

The IAFF/MDA Partnership: More Than Just Fill the Boot

August 26, 2020

Sponsored by the IAFF Financial Corporation | www.iaff-fc.com

The International Association of Fire Fighters and the Muscular Dystrophy Association enjoy a partnership that has lasted for 66 years.  Over this time, the IAFF has raised over $670 million for MDA.

IAFF/MDA National Coordinator Roger Lopez joins the IAFF Podcast to discuss the relationship, all of the services the IAFF provides beyond filling the boot and the new virtual fill the boot drive being held online because of COVID-19.

To participate in the IAFF virtual Fill the Boot campaign, visit www.mda.org/ftb.

 

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