February 19, 2014 11:55
Enron billionaire John Arnold doesn’t have PBS to push his anti- worker pension message anymore. Amid strong public criticism, PBS says it has returned a multi-million dollar donation to the John and Laura Arnold Foundation putting the news series “Pension Peril” on hiatus. Hundreds of PBS stations across the country aired “Pension Peril,” that echoes the same pension cutting themes that the Arnold Foundation is promoting legislatively which advocates cutting retire... [More]
February 7, 2014 15:00
We hope our locals are marking Burn Awareness Week by performing community outreach and education on how injuries can be prevented.
Over 500,000 people in the United States and Canada receive medical treatment for burn injuries each year.
Most burns occur in the home usually in the kitchen or bathroom. No one understands better than fire fighters that burns can leave scars that last a lifetime and painful emotional wounds.
Hopefully these tips will be enough to help save someone in your commu... [More]
February 7, 2014 14:24
When Flat Stanley arrived by mail in August 2013, the International jumped into action.
He arrived folded in an envelope with a letter written by Abigail Jensen, 8, daughter of John Jensen, a member of Des Moines, IA Local 4, along with a request for the IAFF to take Flat Stanley out for a quick tour of the sites in the Nation’s Capital.
For those who don’t have children, “Flat Stanley” is the explosively popular children’s book used as a creative learning tool ... [More]
February 6, 2014 16:15
It’s the issue that just won’t die, but believe it or not, some in Congress are yet again proposing the taxation of employer-provided health benefits to raise revenue for other “priorities.” IAFF members have fought time and again to quash this bad idea – we were successful in stripping it from healthcare reform, and more recently helped defeat its consideration as part of a comprehensive tax rewrite. Nonetheless, the fight continues.Opponents of the exc... [More]
February 6, 2014 14:26
As city budgets become more strained, fire fighters are being asked to perform more responsibilities beyond their job description including deterring crime in communities.Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray recently asked fire fighters to combat crime in the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast after a spate of recent shootings. Fire fighters are under orders to sit on the scene unless dispatched to an emergency from 10:00 pm until 2:00 am and efforts would continue until further notice from the cit... [More]
February 5, 2014 10:10
Pennsylvania joins a growing list of states the Koch Brothers are targeting in efforts to wipe out public employee unions and wages.
The billionaire brothers – Charles and David – are pouring money into organizations that are putting pressure on lawmakers to pass legislation, including legislation outlawing dues deduction for public employees; a move designed to cripple public sector unions.
Eliminating dues deduction would prevent unions from automatically deducting optional donat... [More]
January 31, 2014 15:23
I had a chance to present two workshops on SAFER grants earlier this week at the Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS). We covered a lot of details, do’s and don’ts, and tips to be successful. Much to everyone’s dismay, I do not carry around a bag full of money nor can I tell you who is getting or not getting an award; however here are a few possible indicators:
• If your department/jurisdiction applied for a SAFER grant and has been co... [More]
January 17, 2014 15:14
It is no secret that passing Right to Work legislation is a top priority for the Missouri House of Representatives this year. Right to Work weakens the wages of workers in states. We’ve known all along the true intentions of Right to Work, but lately the opposition’s been bold in admitting publicly their disdain for workers’ rights.
In published reports, Senator Ed Emery (R-Lamar) said at a rally that Right to Work would lower the average wage of Missouri workers, but that it ... [More]
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]