Date of Death: 10/23/2020. Date of Death: 10/28/2020. I don’t believe it represents, overall, the view of the members.”. Local 22 members protested and national IAFF leadership spoke out against the union’s September endorsement of Trump. The IAFF also respects the right of state and individual affiliates to endorse the candidate they believe will best represent their membership at the state and local level. © 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. (RELATED: Union Members Are Supporting Donald Trump Despite Unions Endorsing Joe Biden), President Donald Trump gives a campaign speech just four days before Election Day outside of Raymond James Stadium on October 29, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Our range of issues is very specific. Previous Next. IAFF FIREPAC does not and will not base its decisions on issues such as Second Amendment rights, reproductive rights, the environment or other social issues that many of our members hold firm beliefs about. stood side by side with members of the United Food and Commercial Workers. Scott W. McClain. Updated on: April 29, 2019 / 12:34 PM A group of black firefighters and a group of Hispanic firefighters within Local 22 were outspoken in their criticism of the endorsement, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org. Consequently, no one should expect the IAFF to base its endorsement on anything other than its specific set of issues. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen. IAFF represents more than 300,000 total members nationally, according to Department of Labor filings. Politics within the IAFF is an issue of mutual respect. All rights reserved. How will voters react to Trump's Biden jabs? The IAFF believes, respects and celebrates the absolute right of every IAFF member to vote for the candidate that he or she feels best represents and embraces that individual’s views and political philosophy. ", President Trump appeared to react to the former vice president's endorsement on Twitter Monday morning, referring to the union as "dues sucking firefighters" who "always support Democrats.". QUICK LINKS. Some things never change! IAFF general president Harold Schaitberger expressed his own displeasure for the endorsement, according to The Inquirer. “There is tremendous support for President Trump among first responders and we encourage other IAFF locals to confer with their members,” Michael Bresnan, president of Local 22, wrote in the union’s endorsement letter. Similarly, the IAFF will never criticize any member for his or her choice of candidate. While you may personally disagree with an IAFF endorsement and believe that another candidate better represents your own viewpoint on issues important to you, please be mindful that the IAFF endorsement is about the candidate’s stance on fire service and labor issues. 40TH DISTRICT, SENATE: Lovelett 40TH DISTRICT, HOUSE, POSITION 2: Ramel International Association of Fire Fighters. Several times during his remarks, which could have been easily confused for a campaign rally, Biden alluded to his future run, telling the crowd "we're ready to take anybody on.". 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The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 22, which represents firefighters and paramedics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, declined to rescind the endorsement of President Donald Trump in a 1,444 to 782 vote, the union announced Wednesday. Be in the know. Biden finally ended months announcing on Thursday that he would be launching his third presidential campaign, largely running as a referendum on President Trump. In response to the criticism, Local 22 decided to conduct a union-wide vote on whether to affirm or rescind the endorsement. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. The IAFF respects its members’ right to vote for whomever they choose, and we hope you respect the IAFF’s right to endorse candidates, regardless of party, who have demonstrated their support for the IAFF and professional fire fighters. "If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS. These are the types of issues that IAFF FIREPAC focuses on when making decisions on whether or not to support a candidate. Get the latest breaking news delivered straight to your inbox. In any union, association or even political party, when an organization endorses a particular candidate or a specific position on any issue, not everyone who is a member is in agreement. IAFF endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in April 2019, Schaitberger announced at the time. In that role, this union is an advocacy group similar to the NRA, Christian Coalition, Sierra Club, Chamber of Commerce, National League of Cities, etc. (RELATED: Union Members Are Supporting Donald Trump Despite Unions Endorsing Joe Biden). People are entitled to and respect their right to disagree and express their own opinions. This union views candidates through a very narrow focus. Ballots were sent to Local 22 members on Oct. 13 and counted on Wednesday, according to American Arbitration Association, which oversaw the process. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 22, which represents firefighters and paramedics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, declined to rescind the endorsement of President Donald Trump in a 1,444 to 782 vote, the union announced Wednesday. We recognize that there are many issues that are important to all IAFF members – beyond fire service and labor issues, and the IAFF respects its members’ right to vote for candidates who have not won the endorsement of the IAFF or your local affiliate. © 2020 International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO, CLC. It was during an IAFF speech last month that Biden teased his long-rumored run for president amid persistent chants of "Run Joe Run" from the crowd. (Octavio Jones/Getty Images). Decisions are predicated on how candidates stand on fire fighter and labor issues, such as collective bargaining rights, protection of fair labor standards (FLSA) and overtime rights, pay fairness and equity for federal fire fighters, presumption of disability for federal fire fighters, funding for first responder initiatives, full funding of the FIRE Act and SAFER programs, protection of pension and Social Security benefits, and protection and extension of health care benefits for active and retired members, to name a few. L1264, Anchorage, AK. "The endorsement of the IAFF was approved because Joe Biden will be a champion for the public safety of Americans. Biden, who comes from a middle class family himself, has repeatedly endorsed the efforts of America's unions nationwide, saying they "built the middle class" of the country. In fact, almost every time an endorsement is made, there is disagreement – but it’s usually based on personal political leanings or how one values certain issues. With less than a week until Election Day, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, are campaigning across the country. Local 22 tweeted its endorsement letter on Sept. 29. THE LATEST FROM FOX NEWS ON THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE “They know what is at stake in this election and this endorsement should be a wake-up call to IAFF … The Philadelphia firefighters union voted by a near 2-1 margin to uphold its endorsement of President Donald Trump after it faced backlash over the decision. DISTRICT 1: DelBene DISTRICT 2: Larsen WA GOVERNOR: Inslee WA LEGISLATURE. All rights reserved. Likewise, no one expects the Christian Coalition to base its support of candidates on funding the FIRE Act or SAFER grants. The former vice president most recently stood side by side with members of the United Food and Commercial Workers labor union as thousands employees of Stop & Shop grocery stores went on strike over what they said was an unfair contract proposal. ", First published on April 29, 2019 / 8:40 AM. We recognize that there are many issues that are important to all IAFF members – beyond fire service and labor issues, and the IAFF respects its members’ right to vote for candidates who have not won the endorsement of the IAFF or your local affiliate. IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger said the organization is "proud" to stand with Biden in his bid for president. That’s why we play hard in politics – so that we help get people elected who will push our legislative agenda forward. In response, Trump called the endorsement a “great honor,” but canceled a planned visit to the union after he tested positive for coronavirus. IAFF released a video endorsing the former vice president in his 2020 run No one should expect or accept it if the NRA based endorsements on fire fighter bargaining rights. ", BREAKING NEWS: The International Association of Fire Fighters endorses @joebiden for President of the United States. Disaster Relief Resources COVID-19 Resources Preparing for a COVID-19 Economy Best Pink T-Shirt Contest Deadline October 30 Responding to the Opioid Epidemic FirstNet With AT&T Sign Up for IAFF SMART. Bresnan did not immediately respond to request for comment. YouTubeFacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestFlickr, 350 Sparks Street, Suite 403 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1R 7S8 Phone: 613.567.8988.

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