California Professional Firefighters

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Aug 7, 2012
CPF & Kaplan Partner to Offer Members Tuition Discounts

CPF is pleased to work with Kaplan University to offer a special opportunity for CPF members. CPF members can earn degrees in fire science and emergency management online while on the job, and may receive credit for JAC or SFM training. 

Aug 1, 2012
Pension "Reform" Increases Poverty Risk for Older Americans

The decline in secure pensions has coincided with a disturbing increase in elder poverty and future "reforms" could push millions into poverty. So says a new report from the National Institute for Retirement Security. 

Jul 31, 2012
Pension Critics' Doom and Gloom Assumptions Put Schools At Risk

The critics of public pensions have tried to inflate the supposed pension crisis by assuming incredibly low return rates for CalPERS investments. But a respected independent expert who co-authored a book on California government dysfunction says these assumptions have no grounding in history, and, if implemented, could cost the next generation.

Jul 30, 2012
Sub Prime Meltdown, Not Unions, to Blame for Bankruptcies

The cities' anti-labor, anti-firefighter spin being peddled about municipal bankruptcies is coming unraveled. Turns out Stockton and San Bernardino were sub-prime central, and were done in by housing meltdown ... not labor contracts.

Jul 18, 2012
Pension Costs Not the Core of San Bernardino Bankruptcy

 A statewide pension analyst often quoted by anti-union forces has run the numbers in San Bernardino. Conclusion: Economic meltdown, mismanagement and toxic politics are at the heart of the San Bernardino bankruptcy bid.

Jul 12, 2012
Five Myths about Public Pensions

 IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post debunking skewed study from Pew Centers. Bottom line: Funding "crisis" is overstated.

Jul 10, 2012
Prop. 32: The Special Exemptions Act

Proposition 32 on the November ballot -- the Special Exemptions Act -- would choke off the effective voice of you and your fellow firefighters, all the while protecting the rights of corporations and the super rich.  

Jul 10, 2012
Field Poll: Pension Reform Not a High Priority With Voters

Looks like Californians aren't as crazed to slash retirement security as some would have you believe. A new independent poll shows more than half believe pension levels are about right or too low. Voters also back public employee collective bargaining.

Jun 28, 2012
LODD: Alameda County Firefighter Hollis Franks

Alameda Co. Firefighters Local 55 is saddened to announce the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Hollis Franks. Brother Franks died June 23, 2012 after a brief but valiant fight with job-related lung cancer.

Jun 26, 2012
FFs Make Case for Removing Toxins from Flame Retardants

 Uniformed firefighters from Stockton and San Gabriel joined medical researchers, furniture manufacturers and environmental groups at a legislative hearing to call for an end to the use of dangerous toxins in furniture.

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