November 13, 2014 14:04
German software company SAP has ended its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
SAP follows in the footsteps of other technology giants, such as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Yelp, who have all ended their affiliation with ALEC this year.
SAP says its departure is based on ALEC’s puzzling positions on a variety of issues. Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and counts on financial support from various foundations, including those cont... [More]
November 7, 2014 11:57
Strengthen your skills as a union leader by signing up for one of the 100 workshops at the Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit.
In January, IAFF affiliate leaders will gather in Anaheim, California, to discuss issues that affect their members. Themed, “Building on Our Past – Preparing for Our Future,” ALTS will help union leaders learn the skills and provide the resources they need to make a better, safer and more effective union and fire service. Register f... [More]
October 22, 2014 10:06
Prominent businesses maybe leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in droves, but that doesn’t mean the organization isn’t losing its influence.
ALEC maybe under more public scrutiny than ever before for pushing harmful legislation across statehouses, but it hasn’t stopped its success rate of getting bills passed. The National Journal published an interesting article finding ALEC has a 20 percent success rate in getting model legislation adopted.
In some case... [More]
October 21, 2014 11:51
See how IAFF Members are helping to raise awareness for Breast Cancer this October!
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October 6, 2014 14:46
Is your local looking to perform a public image makeover or looking for ways to establish a better relationship with the press?
We hope these tips will help your local get its message out.
When dealing with members of the media, it is important to remember what the public associates with the fire service: integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, reliability and accountability.
When developing a communications strategy with traditional news media (newspapers, television stations, radio), bu... [More]
September 26, 2014 09:39
After coming under fire for its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Google announced this week it has ended its membership with the organization.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said its membership with ALEC “was some sort of mistake.” Google funded ALEC as some part of a political campaign, but ended its affiliation because it differed with ALEC over the issue of climate change.
Earlier this month, more than 50 organizations sent a letter to Google to cut ... [More]
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]