Dear Local Officer,

On behalf of the AFFI Executive Board and Staff I hope this communication finds you and your members safe and healthy.

As we continue to work through the global pandemic we are beginning to face new challenges.  Many municipalities are starting to feel budget constraints as this crisis evolves and are now looking to your membership to help mitigate these issues.

The AFFI is here to support our members and Local leadership through various resources including expertise in bargaining via your District Vice President, data exhibits, legislative efforts, and education.

We have created and posted new educational videos to assist you with concession bargaining, municipal financial analysis, exposures to Covid-19, and communications strategies.

We are also launching 2 new webinar sessions to provide further insights on the impacts of the pandemic in a broader spectrum.

Session 1 will feature Ralph Martire from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.  Mr. Martire will discuss budget impacts on a broad scale due to the pandemic.  There are 2 available sessions that you may choose to participate in:

Thursday, May 14th at 10:00am and Thursday, May 21st at 10:00am.

Session 2 will feature Professor Bob Bruno with the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations.  Professor Bruno will be discussing how essential workers are important to a vibrant economy.  There are also 2 available sessions to participate in on this topic:

Tuesday, May 19th at 10:30am and Tuesday, May 26th at 10:30am.

If you would like you to participate in either of these seminars please email the AFFI Office with your name, local, and which session(s) you would like to participate in.  You will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the session or sessions you signed up for.

Please stay tuned as we develop further educational resources for you to engage in over the following weeks.  Thank you for what you do on the frontlines in your community and stay safe!

Luke Howieson, AFFI VP at Large

Check out our latest online education 

We are proud to announce 5 new online seminars. Newly added topics include Concession Bargaining, Financial Analysis, COVID-19 Exposures & Social Media Education.


In an effort to ensure the safety of our members and the public during this pandemic, your AFFI has decided to postpone the events listed below:

April 27th, Fire Ops 101 Event in Springfield
April 28th – 30th, Fran Gambro Legislative Conference

In addition, the Muscular Dystrophy Association will not be holding Boot Camp at Guarantee Field on April 21st.

As First Responders, we realize your workload has been greatly impacted by recent events and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.

The AFFI Executive Board