Unless you live under a rock, you should know by now that firefighters pensions are under attack. This is just the newest attack on firefighters (although it has been going on for some time). Not that all the others have gone away…that is far from the truth.
Firefighters are still battling staffing cuts, pay cuts, rolling brownouts, increased employee contributions to pensions, decreased funding, increased insurance costs, station closures, and much more…yet our phone number (911) is still the number that anyone and everyone calls when they need help.
I guess all I have to say to people who want to take our pensions is…do you have any idea what a career in the fire service can do to us both physically and mentally. These very pensions are part of our pay & benefits (which for most is not enough). Harold Schaitberger does a pretty decent job at showing who is to blame for the mishandling, misappropriating, and loss of pension funds in the video below.
The media attention has increased since MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has taken a stand against those willing to take our pensions. The IAFF Frontline Blog offers email addresses for its members (and others) to contact the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Fox News Watch, and America’s Newsroom with Bill and Martha. Those email addresses also appear below. Read what the IAFF has to say about “Making the Case” here.
Email Glenn Beck: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Sean Hannity:http://www.hannity.com/contact
Email Rush Limbaugh: ElRushbo@eibnet.com
Email Bill O’Reilly:email@example.com
Email Fox News Watch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email America’s Newsroom w/ Bill and Martha email@example.com
IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger appeared on the Ed Schultz show last night to stand up for our pensions.
Thanks for taking the time and caring Ed!
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