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Do It Yourself Government

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... [More]

Follow the Money

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... [More]

One City’s Swipe at Unions

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... [More]

Dell drops ALEC

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... [More]

Six Ways to Keep Active Retired Members Engaged

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... [More]

Senate's "Dr. No" seeking repeal of PSOB program

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... [More]

Romney Wants to Eliminate Fire Fighter Jobs

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... [More]

Endicott fire fighters blast sick bank decision

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... [More]

Wal-Mart kicks ALEC to the curb

Wal-Mart has announced it is ending its membership in the conservative advocacy group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The world’s largest retailer has been under pressure to drop its affiliation with ALEC after its role in drafting Florida’s controversial “Stand ... [More]

Using Social Media During an Emergency

A study was released last week on how social media is used after a natural disaster. The study, released by North Carolina State University, highlighted how people used Twitter following the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. What researchers found is that social media has not changed how people comm... [More]

Amazon drops ALEC

You can add Amazon.com to the list of companies giving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) the boot. The online retailer announced yesterday it would no longer retain its membership with ALEC known for crafting anti-union laws. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, the Bill and Melinda Gat... [More]

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