Labor History for Basic Fire Academy Resources

Labor History for Basic Fire Academy

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Scope Statement: To satisfy the requirements for Illinois House Bill 2215, this course shall educate Basic Operations Fire Academy students on the history of labor related to the Illinois Fire Service.

Duration:  2 Hours

Instructor / Student Ratio:  1/32

Resources List:

Facilities Needed: Classroom

            Materials Needed: Instructor Syllabus, Keynote Program,

            Equipment Needed: Computer, Projector, Screen


            Terminal Learning Objectives

  1. At the conclusion of this presentation, the student shall demonstrate an understanding of the history of the labor movement as it relates to the Illinois Fire Service.

            Enabling Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the need for labor history education to Fire Academy candidates.
  2. Discuss significant labor-related events in Illinois history.
  3. Describe working conditions for Illinois Firefighters prior to union establishment.
  4. List the events that led up to the creation of the IAFF.
  5. List the events that led up to the creation of the AFFI and its early activities.
  6. Define collective bargaining and its relevance to unions.
  7. Discuss the most significant events of the Strike Era (1973-1980).
  8. Review the timeline of collective bargaining legislation for public safety workers in Illinois.
  9. Discuss the benefits and rights that Illinois Firefighters have achieved because of collective bargaining.
  10. Discuss previous and future battles of public safety unions since achieving collective bargaining legislation.
  11. Discuss the importance of union involvement.


  1. Fiery Struggle: Illinois Firefighters Build a Union, 1901-1985; Michael G. Matejka