IBFO Local 3

It’s Labor Day, 2015.

In a small vintage cake tin, I found this button with the insignia of my father’s former labor union, The International Brotherhood of Fireman and Oilers.

IBFO Local 3This union is no longer a stand-alone entity; it’s been subsumed by the Service Employees International Union, SEIU.

I’ve got other writing to do today and since I don’t have any new thoughts about labor, collective bargaining, and work, I invite you to read former Labor Day posts I’ve written.




It’s shaping up to be a glorious day here in New England.  The lawn is mowed, the Morning Glories continue blooming in dreamy blue abundance, and the Sedum just started turning from green to pink.

Autumn joy is on the way.

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1 Response to IBFO Local 3

  1. Jim says:

    It’s fun to come across items like these from the past. At one time, unions like The International Brotherhood of Fireman and Oilers were important to working men (and women). These days, work has changed, and these changes haven’t all been positive.

    There are those that would argue that unions have a role to play, other than being rubber stamps for the Democrat party. Perhaps supporters of Bernie Sanders will tell us what that role is here in 2015.

    I’ll wait with baited breath.

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