The Death of Journalism, or Why It's So Hard to Get Your Message Out
12. June 2012
Two good pieces are out this week about the unfortunate evolution of newspapers. In the good old days – which weren’t that long ago – newsrooms were brimming with reporters eager to root out corruption and trained to aim the bright light of public disclosure on any institution...
Wal-Mart kicks ALEC to the curb
31. May 2012
Wal-Mart has announced it is ending its membership in the conservative advocacy group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The world’s largest retailer has been under pressure to drop its affiliation with ALEC after its role in drafting Florida’s controversial “Stand ...
Using Social Media During an Emergency
30. May 2012
A study was released last week on how social media is used after a natural disaster. The study, released by North Carolina State University, highlighted how people used Twitter following the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. What researchers found is that social media has not changed how people comm...
Amazon drops ALEC
25. May 2012
You can add Amazon.com to the list of companies giving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) the boot. The online retailer announced yesterday it would no longer retain its membership with ALEC known for crafting anti-union laws. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, the Bill and Melinda Gat...
Comparing the public safety records of President Obama and Mitt Romney
21. May 2012
ALEC Exposed in Wisconsin
18. May 2012
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released a new report analyzing the cozy relationships that some Wisconsin lawmakers enjoy with the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC, a Washington, DC based non-profit, thrives on operating in the shadows of American government pushing anti-worker...
Report Portrays Role of Fire Marshals and the Tobacco Industry in Flame-Retardant Campaign
17. May 2012
An in-depth, multi-part investigative study, 'Playing with Fire' published by the Chicago Tribune has probed the toxic effects of flame retardants in the environment and the deceptive promotion of the use of flame retardants in baby products and many common household goods (furniture foam; plastic c...
Why Mitt is Wrong About Unions
9. May 2012
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is no friend of organized labor. On Tuesday, the former Massachusetts governor took a swipe at unions while campaigning in Lansing, Michigan. He said,” Liberalism once taught that unions would ensure lasting prosperity for workers. In...
The Koch Brothers Exposed
7. May 2012
The political shenanigans of the Koch Brothers continue to be scrutinized as Democrats and Republicans battle their way to the general election. The billionaire brothers are the subject of a documentary that shows how money and power can influence and corrupt democracy. Charles and David Koch run ...
Part Three: Protecting Your Work Environment
4. May 2012
IAFF Representative Sean DeCrane and other IAFF members spent the third day attending hearings at the International Building Code in Dallas where a number of items impacting fire fighters’ work environment are being discussed. Some of the issues impacting our members operating on the str...
Part Two: Protecting Your Work Environment
3. May 2012
IAFF Representative Sean DeCrane and other IAFF members spent the second day of hearings where a number of items impacting the fire fighters work environment occurred. The Fire Safety Committee for the Building Code heard the debate on twenty-five code change proposals based on the fire perfo...
J’ACCUSE: The Deutshche Bank Tragedy
1. May 2012
A must read by every IAFF member and fire fighter. On August 18, 2007 two FDNY fire fighters and IAFF members from Uniformed Firefighters Association Local 94 were killed at a seven-alarm fire at the Deutsche Bank building, adjacent to Ground Zero in New York City. Brothers Robert Beddia and J...
Protecting Your Work Environment
30. April 2012
Hearings for the 2015 International Building Code began this week in Dallas, Texas. One of the first issues was a proposal allowing industry to use sprinklers as a part of the fire resistance rating in establishing the fire rating performance. While this is currently allowed as an Alte...
Got an award-winning story? Enter the IAFF’s Media Awards
27. April 2012
Have you read a really good news story that illustrates the hard work and sacrifice of fire fighters? Enter that story in the annual IAFF Media Awards Contest. There are 19 categories to enter, ranging from print, broadcast, Internet and IAFF affiliate categories that honor the professional and da...
Compare and Contrast
26. April 2012
The political choices in the 2012 presidential election are clear. Compare the two candidates and the statements they’ve made this week about the election. President Obama tells Rolling Stone Magazine, “I think the general election will be as sharp a contrast between the two parties as ...
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