Center for Union Facts logo

Union Facts

Fire Fighters

Basic Information

Quick Facts

Address

FIRE FIGHTERS
1750 NEW YORK AVENUE NW
WASHINGTON, DC 200065395

Locals and Other Affiliated Organizations

UnionUnit Name/LocationMembers
Fire Fighters State Association California Professional Firefighters  /  Sacramento, CA30,254
Fire Fighters Local 45Washington State Council Of Fire Fighters Wscff  /  Olympia, WA7,731
Fire Fighters State Association Professional Fire Fighters Asn, Ny  /  Albany, NY7,666
Fire Fighters State Association 24Missouri State Council Of Fire Figthers  /  Blue Springs, MO6,475
Fire Fighters Local 7Uniformed Professional Of Connectic  /  West Hartford, CT3,546
Fire Fighters State Association 35Professional Fire Fighters Of Oklahoma  /  Oklahoma City, OK3,462
Fire Fighters Local 341Houston, TX3,389
Fire Fighters State Association 47Professional Fire Figthers Of Wisconsin  /  Madison, WI3,097
Fire Fighters State Association New Jersey  /  Trenton, NJ2,900
Fire Fighters Local 37Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters  /  Harrisburg, PA2,724

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Financial Information

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which is enforced by the Office of Labor-Management Standards, requires labor unions to file annual reports detailing their operations. Contained in those reports are breakdowns of each union's spending, income and other financial information.

Basic Financials

Total Assets $32,054,562
Total Liabilities $35,452,386
Total Income $62,789,780
Total Spent $60,065,486

Total Assets Trend

Assets (Change from previous report)

Cash $13,820,535 (+24.6%)
Accounts Receivable $1,653,284 (+23.7%)
Investments $10,858,030 (-5.3%)
Fixed Assets $4,374,998 (-5.3%)
Treasury Securities $0 (0.0%)
Other Assets $646,041 (-30.8%)
Loans Receivable $701,674 (+33.1%)

Liabilities

Loans Payable $0
Accounts Payable $544,767
Other Liabilities $34,907,619
Mortgages $0

Income

Dues $0
Per Person Tax $44,673,768
Investments $0
Supplies $41,981
Loan Repayment $260,466
Interest $397,840
Dividends $0
Rents $0
Fees and Fines $160,515
Loans Obtained $0
Other Receipts $17,255,210
Affiliates $0
Members $0
Reinvestments $0
All Others $6,122,264

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Spending

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) requires unions to report how they spent their money in a number of categories. For the first five, OLMS requires unions to provide detailed information on any recipient that received more than $5,000 per year.

Spending Overview

Spending Breakdown

Representational $4,854,696 (8.08%)
Political Activities and Lobbying $9,464,974 (15.76%)
Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $898,255 (1.50%)
General Overhead $25,614,741 (42.64%)
Union Administration $6,488,400 (10.80%)
Strike Benefits $0 (0.00%)
To Union Officers $2,591,414 (4.31%)
To Union Employees $12,183,771 (20.28%)
Education $0 (0.00%)
Fees $0 (0.00%)

Search All Spending

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Membership

Membership Trend

YearMembers
2002255,792
2003261,551
2004256,183
2005271,463
2006277,464
2007283,932
2008292,100
2009297,664
2010296,186
2010296,186
2011294,473
2012293,828
2013294,941
2014296,931
2015298,765

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Leaders & Salaries

Top Ten Highest Paid Leaders

NameTitleTotal Compensation
HAROLD SCHAITBERGERGENERAL PRESIDENT$341,693
THOMAS MILLERGENERAL SECRETARY TREAS$293,105
JIM LEECHIEF OF OPERATIONS$228,571
PETER GORMANCHIEF OF STAFF$221,930
JEFFREY ZACKASST TO THE GENERAL PRES$195,418
PATRICK MORRISONASST TO THE GENERAL PRES$189,272
KEVIN O'CONNORASST TO THE GENERAL PRES$187,663
LORI MOORE-MERRELLASST TO THE GENERAL PRES$186,109
SCOTT MARKSASST TO THE GENERAL PRES$184,594
ELIZABETH HARMANASST TO THE GENERAL PRES$179,855

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2015  •  Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Political Spending

Federal Election Donations, by Party

Last Updated: November 5th, 2016

State-level Political Operations, by Party

Source: National Institute on Money in State Politics by way of Transparency Data.

Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

527 Spending

A union's 527 committee makes contributions to political candidates and other organizations for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election. Unlike Political Action Committees, which are strictly regulated by the Federal Election Commission, 527s are regulated by the IRS. These committees are often considered a form of "soft money."

527 CommitteeTotal Spent
International Assn of Fire Fighters$16,428,305
WA State Council of Fire Fighters$707,466
Nashville Fire Fighters Assn$636,348
Uniformed Fire Officers Assn$199,427
Intl Assn of Fire Fighters Local 628$160,011
Taxpayers Unlimited$79,711
Texas State Association of Fire Fighters$12,500

Source: Internal Revenue Service by way of the Center for Responsive Politics

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Lobbying

Federal Lobbying

Lobbying Expenditures Trend

Lobbying Groups

ClientTotal Spent Lobbying
International Assn of Fire Fighters$4,808,000
Intl Assn of Fire Fighters Local 42$1,354,100
Fire Fighters of Palmdale, CA local I-25$30,000
International Assn of Fire Fighters Local 36$0
Fire Fighters Assn of DC Local 36 IAFF$0

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Crime, Corruption & Racketeering

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts investigations to determine if violations of the Labor-Management Relations and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) provisions have occurred.

Investigations are initiated based on various sources such as complaints from union members; information developed by OLMS as a result of reviewing reports filed; information developed during an OLMS audit of a union’s books and records; and information obtained from other government agencies. Investigations may involve civil matters (such as an election of union officers) or criminal matters (such as embezzlement of union funds).

Corruption and Embezzlement Charges

Type of Criminal ActivityNumber of Incidents
criminal charges7
embezzlement charges4
Guilty Pleas4
Indictments2
Officials Sentenced3

Some incidents may be accounted for in multiple categories.

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Financial Audits

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has responsibility under the Labor-Management Relations and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) to conduct audits to determine if unions are complying with the law.

OLMS uses a streamlined audit approach called the Compliance Audit Program (CAP) to audit local unions which utilizes specialized records review and investigative techniques to verify LMRDA compliance.

LocalDateView Audit
IAFF Local 214January 19, 2016Full Audit Text
IAFF Local 47May 12, 2015Full Audit Text
IAFF Local July 8, 2011Full Audit Text
IAFF Local 60August 13, 2010Full Audit Text
IAFF Local 1889March 26, 2009Full Audit Text
IAFF Local 282December 10, 2008Full Audit Text
IAFF Local October 31, 2008Full Audit Text
IAFF Local 7September 30, 2008Full Audit Text
IAFF Local July 10, 2008Full Audit Text
IAFF Local 264May 16, 2008Full Audit Text
IAFF Local 283January 17, 2008Full Audit Text

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016

Union Decertifications

Unionized employees can elect to revoke a union's right to represent them through a process called a decertification. In order to decertify a union, a majority of the unionized employees must vote to remove the union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Recent Decertification Petitions

Case NumberName/UnionDate Filed
04-RD-155087Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad
June 29th, 2015
22-RD-084035MONMOUTH OCEAN COUNTY HOSPITAL SERVICE CORPORATION d/b/a MONOC
June 27th, 2012
04-RD-062988Nanticoke Fire Dept. Community Ambulance
August 19th, 2011
04-RD-002154Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company
April 6th, 2009
21-RD-002839The Boeing Company 
September 21st, 2007

Source: National Labor Relations Board
Case Activity Tracking System

Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Allegations

Unionized employees, business owners, managers, and others often bring labor law charges against unions. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) oversees the porcess of determining if the union violated the National Labor Relations Act.

AllegationCases Filed
8(a)(5) Refusal to Bargain/Bad Faith Bargaining (incl'g surface bargaining/direct dealing)33
8(a)(3) Changes in Terms and Conditions of Employment24
8(a)(1) Coercive Actions (Surveillance, etc)22
8(a)(5) Repudiation/Modification of Contract[Sec 8(d)/Unilateral Changes]20
8(a)(5) Repudiation/Modification of Contract [Sec 8(d)/Unilateral Changes]18
8(a)(1) Coercive Statements (Threats, Promises of Benefits, etc.)14
8(a)(1) Concerted Activities (Retaliation, Discharge, Discipline)14
8(a)(5) Refusal to Furnish Information14
8(a)(3) Discharge (Including Layoff and Refusal to Hire (not salting))9
8(a)(3) Discipline9
8(b)(1)(A) Duty of Fair Representation, incl'g Superseniority, denial of access7
8(b)(1)(A) Union Dues and/or Membership Related (including excessive fees)4
8(b)(3) Refusal to Bargain/Bad Faith or Surface Bargaining4
8(b)(3) Refusal to Furnish Information4
8(a)(4) Changes in Terms and Conditions of Employment4
8(a)(1) Coercive Rules3
8(a)(1) Weingarten3
8(b)(2) Union Security Related Actions3
8(a)(5) Shutdown or Relocate (e.g. First National Maint.).Subcontract Work2
8(b)(1)(A) Coercion, incl'g Statements and Violence1

Please note that a single case may fall into multiple allegation categories.

Source: National Labor Relations Board; Case Activity Tracking System

Recent Strikes

Employer/LocationUnionDays on StrikeEmployees on Strike
City of Ketchikan
Ketchikan, AK
IAFF Local 15
City of Owasso
Owasso, OK
IAFF Local 52
City of Memphis
Memphis, TN
IAFF Local 1500
Gloucester Township EMS Alliance Inc
Blackwood, NJ
IAFF Local 43
City of Collinsville
Collinsville, IL
IAFF Local 2532
Monmouth Ocean Hospital Service Corporation
Wall Township, NJ
IAFF Local 501
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Stratford, CT
IAFF Local 26
Medcor Inc.
Lewiston, ID
IAFF Local 20
City of Cumberland, Maryland
Cumberland, MD
IAFF Local 44
City of North Little Rock
North Little Rock, AR
IAFF Local 1