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PFANJ President Dominick Marino Remembered at 2020 PFANJ Convention
While the ongoing pandemic altered the 2020 PFANJ Convention in many ways, the biggest change was undoubtedly not having PFANJ President Dominick Marino up at the podium leading the event. President Marino died suddenly while conducting union business on April 14, 2020. The PFANJ was honored to welcome Rachel Marino, daughter of late President Marino, to address convention attendees. After Ms. Marino's remarks, the dais was emptied and President Marino's memory and legacy was honored with a ...

PFANJ Executive Board 2020 Election Results
Congratulations to the elected executive board members of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey based on nominations and voting held at the 2020 PFANJ Convention in Atlantic City, NJ on September 22, 2020. President - Steve McConlogue, Elizabeth Fire Officers IAFF Local 2040 1st Vice President - Anthony Tarantino, Newark Fire Officers IAFF Local 1860 2nd Vice President - John Murphy, Ocean City IAFF Local 4032 Secretary - Jack Doll, Newark Fire Officers IAFF Local 1860 Tr...

Murphy signs bill extending workers comp to essential workers who got coronavirus
A bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy will make it easier for essential workers in New Jersey who contract the coronavirus to qualify for workers' compensation.The new law, retroactive to March 9, removes a requirement that essential workers who came down with the coronavirus to prove they did so on the job. FULL STORY: https://www.nj.com/coronavirus...

2020 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Virtual Remembrance
The IAFF 2020 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial event will be held on Saturday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) as virtual remembrance to honor our fallen whose names will forever be etched onto the IAFF Wall of Honor. Members are reminded that no IAFF or Colorado Springs Local 5 staff will be at the site on the day of or days leading up to this year’s virtual remembrance. While we won’t be gathering together for this solemn day at the beautiful Memorial site in Colorado S...

Essential workers during COVID-19: At risk and lacking union representation
While some industries have relatively high union density rates (e.g., emergency services and the energy sector), they often represent relatively small industries as a share of total employment. In larger essential sectors, the union density rates are much lower: only 8 percent of workers in the food and agriculture industry and just 10 percent of healthcare workers are covered by a union contract. FULL STORY: https://www.brookings.edu/blog...

Scarce coronavirus vaccine should go to frontline health workers first, report suggests
Frontline healthcare workers, emergency services personnel and the most vulnerable to the virus should be the first to get any eventual coronavirus vaccine, experts recommend in a new report released Wednesday. People working to make and distribute the vaccine should also be first in line to get one, the team at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security recommends. "The primary reason for including these candidate groups within Tier 1 is that their prioritization would likely a...

Booker, Menendez Laud Signing of Legislation into Law Helping Families of First Responders Lost to COVID
Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (both D-NJ) lauded the signing of legislation into law to improve timely access to financial assistance for families of public safety officers lost to COVID-19. The Senate unanimously passed the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act (SAFR) in May with the House of Representatives following suit in July. The bipartisan legislation, which was introduced by Booker and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), clarifies certification requirements for survivo...