By John "Skip" Coleman, Technical Editor This month's Roundtable question concerns your department's morale. Several factors contribute to the morale of a department. For one, politics have intruded into firefighters' daily lives. Some of you are from states that are "right-to-work" states, but others have legislators vying to take negotiated rights away from unions. As the nightly news demonstrates, this hasn't set well with a majority of union firefighters. This past spring, several states presented legislation that reduces the rights of unions. This November, several states will vote on the repeal of some of the legislation that has been enforced. A second factor af...

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