Our Wins

Our advocacy and involvement take place in the halls of Congress and Parliament, state and provincial legislatures, and city halls across the U.S. and Canada.

Together – at the local, state/provincial, and International levels – we are changing the lives of fire fighters and their families for the better.

Repeal of Michigan's Right-to-Work Law

The right-to-work law had – since 2012 – prohibited unions from requiring nonunion employees to pay dues, even if they bargained on their behalf. MPFFU members continued to fight on behalf of unions until the repeal was passed in March 2023 and signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Feb. 23, 2024
Retired Fire Captain Wins Ohio City Council Race

Richard Sacco, a respected retired fire captain and Canton, OH Local 249 member, with a lifelong dedication to public service, has triumphed in the Canton City Council Ward 8 election, bringing his passion and commitment to the forefront of local governance.

Feb. 17, 2024
Texas Court Upholds Austin Leave Provision

Austin, TX Local 975 – with assistance from the IAFF’s General Counsel – won a battle with a group of taxpayers funded by the Goldwater Institute over contract-protected association time in the Texas Court of Appeals.

Feb. 5, 2024
Military Fire Fighter PFAS Compensation Bill

H.R. 6946 seeks to establish a fund for military fire fighters to provide timely, adequate compensation to current and former military fire fighters and survivors suffering from illnesses related to on-the-job PFAS exposure.

Jan. 20, 2024
Workers' Comp for New Jersey Fire Fighters

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, with the strong support of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ), signed legislation into law extending workers’ compensation coverage for fire fighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and paramedics who suffer fatal cardiac events or strokes.

Jan. 19, 2024
Houston Local 341 Wins Long Battle Over Fair Pay

Houston fire fighters had been without a contract since 2017, when negotiations with then-Mayor Sylvester Turner hit an impasse. The high court ruled in favor of Local 341, saying the city violated state law by refusing to resolve its contract dispute with the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Jan. 11, 2024
Illinois Mandates Labor History Education for New Recruits

New professional fire fighters on the job in Illinois are learning the foundations of the labor movement thanks to advocacy from the AFFI.

Dec. 28, 2023
Georgia Local Ratifies Second Contract

South Fulton, GA Local 3920 achieved yet another historic milestone as its members unanimously voted to ratify their collective bargaining agreement, securing approval from the City of South Fulton for a new contract with the support of the IAFF.

Dec. 27, 2023
Motion Adopted to Strengthen Canadian Airport Firefighting Regulations

Motion M-96 points out shortfalls in the Canadian Aviation Regulations requirements for airport firefighting and asks the Canadian Government to bring them up to International Civil Aviation Organization standards.

Dec. 15, 2023
Three Philly Fire Companies Reopen Thanks to $22.4 Million SAFER Award

The SAFER grant will fund the salaries and benefits of 72 Philadelphia fire fighters/EMTs at Engine 6, Ladder 1, and Ladder 11 for three years.

Dec. 12, 2023
St. Louis Boeing Fire Fighters Win Big During Contract Negotiations

The Boeing Fire Fighters Local I-66 St. Louis, Missouri, chapter has won a new contract after facing threats of a lockout from one of the largest corporations in the world.

Dec. 6, 2023
IAFF Influence Moves Newark Closer to Enacting Safety Measures

In the face of mounting pressure from the IAFF and others, Newark, New Jersey, officials recently proposed several safety measures after two fire fighters – Augusto “Augie” Acabou and Wayne “Bear” Brooks Jr – died responding to a July cargo ship fire.

Nov. 28, 2023
Ontario Local Saves Dispatchers' Jobs

Advocacy by Orillia, ON Local 1100 and the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association saved the jobs of four member dispatchers after the city reversed a decision made to contract out the service.

Nov. 18, 2023
West Virginia Fire Fighters Win Holiday Backpay

Morgantown, WV Local 313 fire fighters won holiday backpay dating to 2014 after the State Supreme Court ruled in their favor. Morgantown fire fighters were not being fully compensated for holiday hours in a dispute with the city that dates to at least 1985.

Nov. 16, 2023