Scranton mayor illegally cuts fire fighter salaries to minimum wage
12. July 2012
Scranton, Pa., fire fighters are pushing back on a controversial decision by the city’s mayor to pay 400 city employees minimum wage.Mayor Chris Doherty illegally reduced the pay everyone’s pay to $7.25 an hour, ignoring a judge’s order to leave salaries alone. The mayor and Cit...
More groups flee ALEC
12. July 2012
The list of corporations leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council continues to grow. Hewlett-Packard, CVS Caremark, Deere & Co., Miller, Coors and Best Buy announced they are breaking ties with the radical organization this week. These five companies join Amazon, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, ...
Myths about Public Employee Pensions
11. July 2012
Harold A. Schaitberger
General President Schaitberger's op-ed outlining the myths about pensions appeared on the Huffington Post. There’s an oft repeated myth being fed by many that claims the defined benefit pension plans available to most public employees are going bankrupt. While a new report by the Pew Center ...
Former Warren, OH Local 204 president honored in Congress
11. July 2012
While former Warren, OH Local 204 President Marc Titus’ life was tragically cut short in June, his legacy continues to inspire others. Ohio U.S. Representative Tim Ryan honored Titus on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday, describing the fallen fire fighter as a model public...
Fire Study Shows Effects of Crew Size on Fire Fighting Operations
28. June 2012
As temperatures soared past 90 degrees over the Mid-Atlantic region Thursday, fire fighters took part in a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) safety and deployment study to determine the effects of crew size and response time in high rise structure fires. Results of a similar stud...
Do It Yourself Government
27. June 2012
Local municipalities can’t be expected to protect their communities on their own. The federal government must do its part in securing America’s borders when it comes to wildfires, floods, hurricanes and other disasters, says General President Harold Schaitberger.General President Schaitb...
Follow the Money
26. June 2012
The Public Campaign Action Fund, a Washington, DC based non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving America's campaign finance laws developed this Pinterest board of the richest billionaires contributing to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The board features 33 billionair...
One City’s Swipe at Unions
25. June 2012
We’ve seen all types of union busting tactics over the past two years, but North Las Vegas ranks high on the shenanigans. City officials there are declaring a state of emergency to avoid honoring the collective bargaining agreements and paying public workers the salaries they deserve. The Cit...
Dell drops ALEC
22. June 2012
Dell, the third largest PC maker in the world, has announced it will not renew its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Dell follows the lead of 19 other corporations to drop ALEC since this spring. The other companies include: Wal-Mart, Amazon.com Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kra...
Six Ways to Keep Active Retired Members Engaged
21. June 2012
Guest Blog Written by Joe Bertoni. The role that our retired brothers and sisters should play in their local’s affairs has no doubt been debated by many locals in our International union and, unfortunately, may at times be a source of friction within a local. But it doesn’t have to b...
Senate's "Dr. No" seeking repeal of PSOB program
20. June 2012
A U.S. Senator is trying to repeal the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program (PSOB), which provides assistance to the families of fire fighters killed in the line of duty. As unbelievable as it seems, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is claiming that the program, which has been on the books for ov...
Pensacola News Journal Prints Racist Cartoon – Owes Everyone an Apology
19. June 2012
Last week, the Pensacola News Journal published a cartoon depicting two fire fighters hosing down African Americans as a smiling fire fighter says: “Don’t worry, since they laid off all the journalists in Alabama we can get away with this kind of stuff again!” The Pensacola N...
Romney Wants to Eliminate Fire Fighter Jobs
18. June 2012
There are some good analyses of Mitt Romney's remarks in Iowa. In no uncertain terms, Romney said he thinks we have too many fire fighters, police officers and teachers. But others have argued forcefully that preserving public sector jobs is crucial and would lower the unemployment ra...
Endicott fire fighters blast sick bank decision
12. June 2012
Endicott, NY Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 1280 is outraged over the city’s decision to deny a veteran fire fighter’s request to use sick bank hours to help cover his medical leave. Dana Stockton has been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer since January and has...
The Death of Journalism, or Why It's So Hard to Get Your Message Out
12. June 2012
Two good pieces are out this week about the unfortunate evolution of newspapers. In the good old days – which weren’t that long ago – newsrooms were brimming with reporters eager to root out corruption and trained to aim the bright light of public disclosure on any institution...
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