November 1, 2013 09:41
Cincinnati, OH voters will have to decide this Tuesday if they will support to change the city’s pension system.
A private group called Cincinnati for Pension Reform Committee gathered enough signatures to place a charter amendment on the ballot that could change the public pension plans for newly hired employees from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan.
Cincinnati fire fighters say Issue 4 if passed will cause more problems than good. Cincinnati Fire Fighters Local 4... [More]
October 31, 2013 12:43
The secret group of billionaires who tried to limit the power of labor unions in California’s Prop 32 fight last year has been unmasked.
Prop 32, which would have stopped the ability of labor unions to collect political money, was resoundingly defeated by five million voters in California.Now a special investigation has revealed a list of billionaires who were connected to the campaign to thwart labor unions in the Golden State.Owners of the Gap, Charles Schwab and philanthropist Eli Bro... [More]
October 30, 2013 12:01
Many IAFF affiliates effectively use community outreach campaigns to foster relationships with city leaders, local businesses, the media, civic groups and the public - and the IAFF encourages more affiliates to use these kinds of programs to improve their public image and influence how they are perceived by decision makers and the public. To assist you in these efforts, the IAFF has prepared a sample press release (Word Document) and infographic that can be customized to send to your local med... [More]
October 29, 2013 13:57
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has found another way to stick it to workers: by advocating policies that would change public pensions.The St. Louis Beacon reports that changes to state pensions is high on ALEC’s list for 2014 with the group encouraging more states to consider shifting to defined contribution plans such as 401Ks, and away from traditional “defined benefit plans.”
Missouri and Illinois could be states that ALEC tries to influence in the p... [More]
October 25, 2013 13:58
The Professional Firefighters of New Jersey is hitting the campaign trail for gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono.Fire fighters are participating in a bus tour to help get out the vote in the Garden State. The PFANJ was one of the first labor unions and first public safety union in New Jersey to endorse Buono.The PFANJ on a limited budget looked for ways to get its message out to as many people as possible.“The bus ‘route’ spot was the best bang for our buck,” says PFAN... [More]
October 25, 2013 11:02
Supporters of ‘Right to Work’ laws are gathering signatures in the Buckeye State in efforts to get it on a statewide ballot for the 2014 elections.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the group Ohioans for Workplace Freedom has 200 people collecting signatures of the state’s registered voters who would like to see the issue in 2014 as a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment on the ballot.
Ohioans for Workplace Freedom must collect 385,247 valid signatures by next year, along w... [More]
October 22, 2013 15:09
In some parts of the United States flu activity is picking up.
Most commonly the flu virus is associated with the cold, winter months of January and February and can continue as late as May. We don’t want you to wait until it is too late to stock your medicine cabinet with American and union made medications.
You can keep track of the flu in your area and see the current levels.
Here’s a list of medicine products compiled by Labor 411:
October 11, 2013 14:58
In Dyersburg, Tennessee, the fire chief is pushing to eliminate battalion chiefs.
Battalion chiefs are critical for effectively responding to and fighting fires. Members of Dyersburg Fire Fighters Association Local 2269 are concerned that eliminating battalion chiefs will jeopardize public safety. The community needs to know how this plan puts their lives at risk. Having enough fire fighters and battalion chiefs to respond in an emergency can be the difference between lives saved and lives lost... [More]
October 10, 2013 09:35
If you’ve watched the news at all this week, you’ve probably noticed the government shutdown has delayed the timely payment of death benefits to families of service members lost in the line of duty. It’s a disgraceful tragedy and deserves to be remedied immediately. Yet, as we continue to consider the many consequences of failing to fund the federal government, one cannot overlook the fact that the families of fallen fire fighters, too, have been given the short shr... [More]
October 9, 2013 16:03
Well the billionaire Koch Brothers couldn’t buy the 2012 presidential elections, so shutting down the federal government is the next best way to push their extreme policies on America.The New York Times published an expose on the seeds of the federal government shutdown and reported the effort was a long planned, well-calculated and well-financed campaign to attack the Affordable Care Act which was signed into law in 2010. The law is widely viewed as the most historic overhaul of the US he... [More]