January 16, 2014 15:39
We’re barely into the New Year and opponents of organized labor are up to the same old tricks.
Last week, we told you about efforts to bring Right to Work legislation to Oregon. Now, efforts are underway in Missouri, with Right to Work the first bill being considered for 2014 in the “Show Me” state.
A hearing was scheduled for the discussion of the legislation in the House Workplace Development and Workplace Safety Committee.
Passing Right to Work is a priority for the Misso... [More]
January 14, 2014 12:13
According to the Department of Labor, employment of fire fighters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022. While slower than the average for all occupations, the aging of the population will lead to an increased demand for emergency responders as the elderly tend to use more emergency medical services. Currently, about two of out three incidents that fire fighters respond to are medical—rather than fire—emergencies.
The competition for jobs will remain stiff as populations ... [More]
January 10, 2014 14:00
The Salem Statesman Journal is setting the record straight on efforts to bring Right- to- Work legislation to the state of Oregon.
Oregon is one of three states targeted for Right -to- Work laws this year. Other efforts are underway in Missouri and Ohio. Supporters of Right-to-Work are using their energy to get legislation on ballot initiatives for voters to decide in 2014. The latest Right-to-Work push appeals on slick marketing boasting legislation will be good for local economies. Multi-mill... [More]
January 8, 2014 15:48
As many of you are aware, there have been several recent incidents that have involved railway derailments of tank cars and the release of hazardous materials with fire. The IAFF would like to remind emergency response personnel of the importance of effective size-up to provide a risk-based response. With the increase in oil production and inadequate pipeline infrastructure to move it, there has been a substantial increase in the rail transportation of crude oil. The DOT 111 non-pressure ra... [More]
January 7, 2014 11:28
The Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters has done a good job of asking residents in their state to help fire fighters in cold and snowy conditions. You can do the same by sharing these tips with your community in this article.Fire Fighters should be careful to not neglect themselves when responding to emergencies in freezing temperatures. So, the next time you find yourself working in frigid weather remember the acronym COLD.
Keep it Clean—The dirtier clothing is, the less it ... [More]
December 5, 2013 12:40
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is crafting policy for 2014 at its “States and Nation Policy” Summit this week.
Held in Washington, elected lawmakers, including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), former vice-presidential candidate Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Governor Mike Pence, (R-IN) and Senator Ron Johnson, (R-WI) are expected to address attendees.
Labor unions are expected to protest Thursday (12/5) outside of ALEC’s meeting to expose the organization’s ... [More]
December 4, 2013 10:59
Plenty of politicians are getting into the holiday spirit this season.
Union-busting governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is gearing up for his re-election next year and may as well be starring in the modern day version of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
Friends of Scott Walker circulated a fundraising email that encouraged supporters during this holiday season to help save children from a future of double-digit tax increases and billion dollar budget deficits.“Instead of venturing into th... [More]
December 2, 2013 15:57
The Pew Foundation is trying to influence the pension debate in Jacksonville, Fla., but fire fighters won’t allow fuzzy math to affect their retirements.
Pew will make a presentation this week to the Jacksonville City Council about how the retirement fund can be managed and acquire money.
IAFF Jacksonville Local 122 knows that Pew and its billionaire supporters don’t have the solutions to help fire fighters and are doing what they can to let the public know that Pew’s numbe... [More]