The IAFF advocates for municipalities to provide fire fighters with uniform allowances.
February 23, 1959
Two Montreal fire fighters die February 23 while battling a blaze on a bitterly cold night. Fire fighters frantically worked to ventilate the blaze on the roof of the American Spaghetti House in Montreal, Canada, when the roof collapsed. Eight of the 10 fire fighters on the roof managed to hold on to the copings and to hoses, pulling themselves to safety.
To date, locals have donated $2,334.15 to the John P. Redmond Research Fund, established at the 1958 Convention for research of occupational diseases among fire fighters.
“Labor’s enemies found out a long time ago that they could attack us more easily in the legislatures than they could on the picket lines. They have proved beyond question they can hamstring us and render us impotent by adverse legislation. If we are to carry on our work, where is the challenge? The challenge is in legislative halls, and our answer is political education and political action.”George Meany, AFL-CIO President
Vancouver, British Columbia, fire fighters earn the highest wages in Canada, and work a 48-hour week under a two-platoon system.
A new booklet, “What Every Fireman’s Wife Should Know,” is made available to members. Topics include fire department benefits, joint ownership of assets and the advantages of a will, among others.
IAFF Secretary-Treasurer John P. Kabachus presents the IAFF balance sheet. Net worth as of July 1 is $94,870.88.
The International Fire Fighter wins a merit award from the International Labor Press Association for five articles on the disastrous Lady of Angels school fire in Chicago, a tragic fire that swept Our Lady of Angels parochial school in Chicago on December 1. Three nuns and 90 children lost their lives. The fire began somewhere at the bottom of an open wooden staircase in the northeast corner of the building, likely due to a student smoking. President William D. Buck stated, “It is obvious there are no new lessons to be learned from this fire – just old lessons tragically re-emphasized.”
The IAFF makes significant gains on the legislative front, including union recognition laws, reduced hours, increased pension benefits, prohibiting discrimination in employment, check-off of union dues, and extended coverage of Civil Service protection.
The IAFF publishes provisions of coverage of fire fighters by workmen’s compensation statutes in each state and Canadian province.
IAFF President William D. Buck speaks at the dedication of the Institute for Muscle Disease in New York City.