September 22, 2014 15:15
We’ve long known that the growth in income inequality over the past 20 years is bad for working people. Now there is evidence that it is also bad for state and local governments—and the public employees who work for them.
In a report released this month, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s found that the annual growth rate of state tax revenue fell by more than 50% in recent years. S&P concluded that cause of the drop was increasing accumulati... [More]
September 16, 2014 14:16
IAFF members please remind your communities about the dangers of cooking and multi-tasking in the kitchen.
We know more and more people are addicted to their gadgets and don’t think twice about sending a quick text message or checking something on their iPads while cooking. But it only takes a second for a fire emergency or tragedy to happen.
The issue is so troubling that Minnesota fire fighters are speaking out on some of the cases they’ve seen.
We are a couple of months away fr... [More]
September 4, 2014 12:13
Earlier this summer, the Administration requested additional funding for emergency wildfire suppression activities. Without the additional funding, federal fire-fighting agencies including the Forest Service will be forced to rob funding allocated for wildfire prevention. While ensuring our nation’s fire fighters have sufficient funds to fight wildfires at the peak of fire season may seem like common sense, Congress left for its annual August break without allocating the money.... [More]
September 4, 2014 12:05
More than 50 organizations are asking Google to end its affiliation with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
In a letter to Google executives, the organizations ask the technology company to end its membership because of ALEC’s harmful role in the democratic process.
It is disheartening to see Google - an online and technology pioneer who is guided by the motto “Do No Evil” - support the agenda of the anti-worker billionaire Koch brothers.
Founded in 1973... [More]
August 28, 2014 14:39
Scott Walker, the guy who took collective bargaining rights away from most public workers in Wisconsin, is at it again.
Walker, who is in a tough re-election fight to keep his job, is performing strong armed-tactics using healthcare to extort concessions from fire fighters.
Fire fighters and police were exempted from the egregious plot to divide workers in Wisconsin three years ago that and which resulted in workers no longer having a strong voice at the negotiating table as a part of the pass... [More]
August 26, 2014 15:10
Tech industry giant Microsoft has cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and is no longer funding the organization.
Microsoft was a member of ALEC’s Communications and Technology Task Force. It has been reported that Microsoft left because of ALEC’s effort to block the development of renewable energy.
Other big technology companies such as Google, eBay, Facebook and Yahoo still belong to ALEC.
Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and courts... [More]
August 14, 2014 09:55
The IAFF is very concerned about an Internet trend growing among teens setting themselves on fire and posting the acts on YouTube.
Several fire departments are seeing “Fire Challenge” cases where a young person voluntarily applies flammable liquid on the body and then sets themselves on fire. The act is filmed and posted to YouTube and Facebook.
One teenage boy in Buffalo, NY died from his injuries.
As fire fighters and paramedics, we know burn safety should be taken seriously.
August 4, 2014 15:16
In North Carolina, a friend of the Koch Brothers is using his money to influence state policies – and not for the better.
Art Pope, North Carolina’s state budget director, is using his family’s money to push a pro-business agenda in North Carolina.
Keep an eye on Pope as he tries to change the political dialogue in the state to craft the vision he wants. Pope not only is the state budget director, but also serves as a top adviser to Governor Pat McCrory. Pope and his allies h... [More]
June 24, 2014 09:42
Good action deserves recognition.
And we would like to acknowledge Kaiser Permanente for deciding it will no longer buy furniture treated with flame retardants.
This is a big decision – albeit a right one. And we hope other businesses would follow the example set by this health system company.
Kaiser Permanente’s new furniture standard specifies that upholstered furniture in new or remodeled buildings should not contain added fire retardant chemicals. Kaiser Permanente spends roug... [More]
June 20, 2014 15:48
The spotlight continues to grow on the billionaire Koch Brothers and their negative influence on American democracy.
Recently, Rolling Stone published a list of ways the Koch Brothers are “sticking it” to America, and it includes trying to break unions.
Though the magazine’s headline is a bit of a misnomer describing the Koch Brothers’ efforts to break unions as new – the IAFF and fire fighters everywhere know unions and workers have been battling the extreme ideo... [More]