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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, July 6-10

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for July 6-10 is now posted and includes the latest news from the General Assembly and their failed attempts to fully reopen the economy as Governor Cooper shudders businesses in the hopes of keeping North Carolinians safe. PFFPNC also gets some tough questions on its legislative agenda, which prompts political questions going into the 2020 elections.

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“...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...”

Happy Independence Day, PFFPNC.
ICYMI: PFFPNC e-newsletter for June 29-July 3

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for June 29-July 3 is now posted and includes news still coming from the General Assembly around reopen legislation, Governor Cooper's vetoes of that legislation, and how firefighters see both sides of the issue.

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Many firework-related injuries are preventable. Fireworks injure more than 10,000 people each year. #IAFF #IAFFSafetyTips
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, June 22-26 

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for June 22-26 is now posted and includes a wrap up of the 2020 short session, which is once again a disappointing one for PFFPNC. Also, in the newsletter, PFFPNC President Scott Mullins answers the question, "What do firefighters do about the Senate?"

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‪To the fathers serving in the North Carolina firefighter profession, we tip our hat to you today — Happy Father’s Day and we are thankful you for all you do each and everyday to protect our communities. ‬
The PFFPNC e-newsletter for June 15-19 is now posted and includes major movement in the House to move all three PFFPNC bill again in hopes of getting the Senate's attention on these important issues to firefighters.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC legislative briefing
 for June 8-12

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for June 8-12 is now posted and includes a wrap-up of a meeting between Sen. Jim Perry and the PFFPNC Executive Board this past week in Raleigh.

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for June 1-5 is now posted which covers the life-saving and property-saving work of firefighters in riot-torn communities across North Carolina this past week.

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“Peaceful protests by our neighbors exercising their first amendment rights across America are being interrupted by violence and unrest. In the middle of the challenges and turmoil, I am proud of our IAFF fire fighters, paramedics and EMTs who are once again proving their dedication to keeping their communities safe when they are needed most.

“As always, the safety of our members is our top priority. So, it was with disappointment and outrage that I witnessed our members – who are integral to keeping everyone, including protesters, safe — attacked over the weekend. In cities from Atlanta and Austin to Cleveland and Minneapolis and St. Paul, our members were subjected to having bricks or large fireworks hurled their way, simply for doing their jobs. This is inexcusable.

“Throwing rocks, fireworks or directing violence toward fire fighters, paramedics and EMTs is never acceptable.

“Fire fighters will continue to respond when needed; it is their job and their calling. On behalf of our 320,000 IAFF members, please allow your fire fighters on the frontlines to do that job, keeping everyone safe, without violence or incident.

“To our members, stay safe and know that this IAFF has your back.”

 Harold A Schaitberger
General President
International Association of Fire Fighters
The PFFPNC e-newsletter for May 25-29 is now posted and covers the budget shortfall hitting North Carolina as a result of COVID-19 and its negative effect on PFFPNC's legislative agenda.

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PFFPNC President Scott Mullins chatted with Sen. Jim Perry today before a committee meeting — but at a social distance.
PFFPNC pauses to observe the solemn Memorial Day holiday today — a day to honor and memorialize those who died in military service to the United States of America.  

“Firefighters know all too well about laying down one’s life for another, and it is a day we take seriously around fire stations,” said PFFPNC DVP Ben Bobzien, whose district includes Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.  

Many fire stations across North Carolina participate in the national moment of remembrance that takes place at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, May 18-22 

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for May 18-22 is now posted and includes news from Raleigh about a $150 million fund pushed down to North Carolina municipalities that can be used to bolster firefighter jobs that may be in jeopardy because of the pandemic. PFFPNC also reflects on the upcoming Memorial Day holiday coming up on Monday.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, May 11-15

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for May 11-15 is now posted and includes an update on COVID-19 testing across the state, more budget news on the upcoming legislative session, and a memorial to a fall firefighter in New Hanover County.

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Firefighter applicants can expect to work 24-hour shifts, amid adverse conditions, while carrying 50+ pounds of equipment. Is your retirement plan ready for that kind of challenge?

You can’t predict what will happen in retirement. The IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit have collaborated on a program that can help you protect your principal against market loss, while offering interest potential. Call your Responders First program rep at 877.700.6847 to find out more. 

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Multiple factors determine fire department resource deployment. How do you have your retirement resources deployed?

The IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit have collaborated on a program that can help firefighters accumulate assets without fear of market downturns. Call your Responders First program rep at 877.700.6847 to learn more. 

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You understand the risks in a response environment. Do you understand the risks to your retirement environment?

To help identify the risks to your retirement goals, call your Responders First program rep at 877.700.6847. You’ll learn how the IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit may help. www.Responders-First.com
As with fire apparatus, a regular review of your retirement plan is essential, as you could face volatility, or the biggest challenge of all—a significant loss of savings.
 
To help you maintain retirement readiness, call your Responders First program rep at 877.700.6847 to learn more about what the IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit can offer. 

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The recent market disruption may have had a profound impact on your retirement savings. 

Your retirement plan will need a measure of resilience, like no downside risk, to provide a sense of security for your future. Call your Responders First program rep at 877.700.6847 and find out how IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit may help. 

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Like a fire, market volatility can wreak havoc on your retirement quickly. Are you taking steps to prevent that before it happens?

A little prevention work can go a long way to help secure your retirement savings. Call your Responders First program rep at 877.700.6847 and find out how IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit may help. 

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Your union is thinking ahead—we know that timing is everything, especially in retirement. A significant market correction when you retire could be devastating. Instead, your union has helped prepare a program that provides protection from the market downside (you cannot lose money), plus interest potential.  

Call 1-877-700-6847 to learn more about how the IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit are working for your future. www.Responders-First.com
Thinking ahead to retirement? Your union is ready to help. There’s a lot to consider -- when you want to retire, what you plan to do, whether your spouse is covered, and more. An accumulation vehicle with no downside risk may help you meet your retirement needs. 

Consider your retirement options - call 1-877-700-6847 to learn more about how the IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit are working for your future. 

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Your union understands—we do extensive research in seeking the best available gear for your protection.  Have you explored the best available options to meet your retirement needs?

Be prepared - call 1-877-700-6847 to learn more about how the IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit care about your future. www.Responders-First.com
Your union understands--occupational stress and toxic hazards are just two of the challenges you face as a fire fighter. But in retirement, there are also challenges — inflation, market volatility, healthcare costs, and taxes. 

Prepare for your retirement challenges - call 1-877-700-6847 to learn more about how the IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit are working for your future. 

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Your union cares--on the frontlines, your safety is always at risk. Don’t put your retirement at risk.  You may have a great pension benefit, but have you considered the impact of inflation, healthcare costs, or even a big purchase like a truck, boat or motorcycle?

Help ensure you have adequate retirement savings - call 1-877-700-6847 to learn more about how the IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit are working for your future. 

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Your union delivers—we know that in an emergency, you have a game plan for responding. But do you have a game plan for retirement? Market volatility, inflation, healthcare costs and more can significantly impact your retirement dollars.
 
Assess your retirement game plan - call 1-877-700-6847 and learn how the IAFF Financial Corporation and Security Benefit are working for your future. 

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for May 4-8 is now posted and includes news about a coalition opposing legislation that would give workers compensation presumptive coverage to essential workers, including first responders.  PFFPNC also previews the legislative short session that was just announced as resuming on May 18.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, April 27-May 1

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for April 27-May 1 is now posted and includes an update on the General Assembly session, including COVID-19 presumptive bills and PPE.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, April 20-24

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for April 20-24 is now posted and includes the latest COVID-19 news out of Raleigh, including a reopen update from Governor Cooper, a web-based resource created by PFFPNC, and a short preview of the upcoming legislative session.

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Below is the The Insider article we reference in this week’s PFFPNC e-newsletter about the policy reversal of Insurance Commissioner/State Fire Marshal Mike Causey.  This article was published on Tuesday and the PFFPNC e-newsletter was published yesterday. 

FIREFIGHTER COMPENSATION

Colin Campbell, THE INSIDER, 4/14/20

Firefighters and paramedics want the legislature’s help in ensuring that they’ll get workers’ compensation if they get coronavirus. But the Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association of North Carolina says its request isn’t getting enough backing from the state fire marshal, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. PFFPNC President Scott Mullins said firefighters and paramedics are risking exposure to coronavirus on every call they answer, and they need to be guaranteed worker’s comp benefits if they get sick — regardless of whether the illness can easily be connected to their work. “Firefighters and paramedics are exposed at a much higher level or degree than the average person,” Mullins said. “We believe our people need to be compensated.” Several local governments, including Asheville and New Hanover County, have already made that commitment to their first responders, but PFFPNC wants to ensure it applies statewide.

Causey weighed in with a letter to legislators last week. He argued that the Industrial Commission shouldn’t be responsible for approving a workers’ compensation mandate. The commission handles disputes over individual claims, he said, but it “does not regulate the insurers providing workers’ compensation disputes ... nor does it issue general policies on how claims should be assessed or paid.” His letter doesn’t suggest any changes to the law, but he notes that “COVID-19 provides some specific challenges in evaluating workers compensation claims because it is often difficult to tell when and where an individual contracted the virus.” PFFPNC isn’t happy with Causey’s position on the issue. “We want him to advocate on our behalf as the state fire marshal and not act as an insurance adjuster that’s going to deny people’s claims,” Mullins said.

Asked if Causey would support a legislative change, Department of Insurance spokesman Barry Smith said in an email that “workers’ compensation is designed to cover accidents and injuries that occur in the course and scope of employment. That would not change even if the statute was changed requiring coverage for COVID-19. Firefighters would still have to prove, among other things, that they got the disease on duty and that they were more likely to get the disease than the general public because of their job.”

PFFPNC also clashed with Causey recently over the need for more protective equipment for firefighters and paramedics. The group criticized his comments in a Spectrum News interview in which he said that “I’ve not heard of any problems at this point about equipment.” Mullins said that’s inaccurate because fire departments have struggled to get an adequate supply of N-95 masks and other items to keep them safe as they respond to calls involving people who have coronavirus. “Firefighters are the first chain in the healthcare link, and if we don’t have what we need, it will just add to this pandemic,” he said.

Smith clarified Monday that Causey does support additional equipment for firefighters. “However, there is a nationwide PPE shortage and Emergency Management and DHHS have set guidelines for prioritizing who gets PPE from state supplies,” Smith said. “Firefighters are currently third in priority after healthcare workers and transport providers. Despite this, the Office of State Fire Marshall has found and purchased 10,000 KN95 masks. When it receives the shipment of masks, they will be distributed to the county fire marshals in all 100 counties.”
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, April 13-17

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for April 13-17 is now posted and covers a recent policy position reversal by NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and a report from the PFFPNC e-board meeting this week.

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Happy Easter to all who celebrate — especially those on the job today.  

While this Easter may not be like any other in our lifetime, we hope you feel the redemption, love, and sacrifice represented by this Holy Day.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, April 6-10

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for April 6-10 is now posted and includes news about another problem PFFPNC has with NC Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the NC State Fire Marshal. We also include news on how the PFFNC Charitable Fund purchased 260 masks for firefighters in southeastern North Carolina.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, March 20-April 3

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for March 30-April 3 includes news of a COVID-19 testing protocol change advocated for by PFFNC. PFFPNC also reports on a bizarre interview by NC Fire Marshal Mike Causey in which he said publicly he has no concern about PPEs for firefighters.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, March 23-27

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for March 23-27 is now posted and includes an update on PFFPNC's advocacy work for its members during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a conversation with NC's Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, March 16-20

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for March 16-20 is now posted and includes a rundown of the extensive work PFFPNC has put in over the last week advocating for firefighters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, March 9-13

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for March 9-13 is now posted and includes an update on PFFPNC's work with the IAFF in addressing the coronavirus, which is now classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. 

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IAFF will be livestreaming a COVID-19 Briefing on Tuesday, March 10 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. (EDT) on our efforts to ensure we address the needs of our members on the frontlines responding to patients who may be infected or who are quarantined or isolated due to possible exposure.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative  Briefing, March 2-6

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for March 2-6 is now posted and includes a rundown of election results PFFPNC was involved in on Super Tuesday. We also begin our shift from politics to policy as the General Assembly returns to Raleigh in April.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Feb. 24-28 

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Feb. 24-28 is now posted and includes a report from Goldsboro on the door-knocking PFFPNC did for Senator Jim Perry last weekend.  We also welcome a new Local from Waynesville, NC.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Feb. 17-21

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Feb. 17-21 is now posted and includes PFFPNC's tribute to Rep. Linda Johnson, a friend to firefighters across North Carolina, who died this week. PFFPNC also announces two more General Assembly endorsements and invites firefighters from across the state to knock on doors for Senator Jim Perry on Saturday in Goldsboro.

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Happy President’s Day! 

We won't dare to step into the debate about our favorite US Presidents (Millard Fillmore versus Rutherford B. Hayes, anyone?)and will instead focus on out appreciation of the Local presidents serving PFFPNC and the IAFF, including our state president Scott Mullins, who also serves as the president of the Asheville Fire Fighters Association.    

So happy President’s Day local presidents.  

We appreciate all you do for firefighters across North Carolina.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Feb. 10-14

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Feb. 10-14 is now posted and includes information about early voting going on right now, an addition to the PFFPNC e-board, and an invitation to participate in an IAFF Secretary-Treasurer training in Florida.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Feb. 3-7

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Feb. 3-7 is now posted and includes reporting from the IAFF Political Academy in Winston-Salem as well as from the General Assembly in Raleigh where President Scott Mullins met with stakeholders on firefighter separation allowance. PFFPNC also remembers Asheville firefighter Karen Shuart on the one-year anniversary of her tragic death from job-related cancer.

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It’s day 2 of the IAFF Political Academy in Winston Salem today.   We are talking canvassing, FIREPAC, and elections during this module.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Jan. 27-31

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Jan. 27-31 is now posted and includes reporting on PFFPNC's attendance at a Joint Fire Summit meeting about legislative issues in the 2020 General Assembly.  PFFPNC also invites firefighters to go door-to-door in Goldsboro on behalf of Senator Jim Perry, the organization's champion senator in the General Assembly.

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A friendly reminder to share with our communities, PFFPNC.  Super Bowl Sunday can be a deadly Sunday.
Not only do we remember Kobe Bryant as an incredible basketball player, one of the greatest of all time, but at PFFPNC we also remember him as a believer in his union and a promoter of the union movement. 

Here’s is an excerpt from a 2017 speech he gave to UFC fighters on the subject of organizing a union:

“When you guys have this unity, when you guys are operating together on the same page together, it does nothing but simply fortify the sport and make the sport better.  Not just for the present, but also for the future generations that are coming, so it's extremely important."

Bryant, his 12 year old daughter, and seven others died yesterday in a helicopter crash.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Jan. 20-24

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Jan. 20-24 is now posted and  includes a report of PFFPNC's attendance at the IAFF ALTS conference this past week as well as the announcement of two more primary endorsements in the General Assembly.

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PFFPNC President Scott Mullins received a great tutorial this week at the IAFF ALTs Conference from the IAFF SMART creator Ken Green on how to effectively use the software to enhance communication efforts with PFFPNC members. 

The PFFPNC will be going live on IAFF SMART soon!
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Jan. 13-17

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Jan. 13-17 is now posted and includes information on how the Senate's failure to complete the budget override negatively affects North Carolina firefighters. PFFPNC also reports some endorsement news for candidates and gives a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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