Senate's "Dr. No" seeking repeal of PSOB program
20. June 2012
A U.S. Senator is trying to repeal the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program (PSOB), which provides assistance to the families of fire fighters killed in the line of duty. As unbelievable as it seems, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is claiming that the program, which has been on the books for ov...
Pensacola News Journal Prints Racist Cartoon – Owes Everyone an Apology
19. June 2012
Last week, the Pensacola News Journal published a cartoon depicting two fire fighters hosing down African Americans as a smiling fire fighter says: “Don’t worry, since they laid off all the journalists in Alabama we can get away with this kind of stuff again!” The Pensacola N...
Romney Wants to Eliminate Fire Fighter Jobs
18. June 2012
There are some good analyses of Mitt Romney's remarks in Iowa. In no uncertain terms, Romney said he thinks we have too many fire fighters, police officers and teachers. But others have argued forcefully that preserving public sector jobs is crucial and would lower the unemployment ra...
Endicott fire fighters blast sick bank decision
12. June 2012
Endicott, NY Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 1280 is outraged over the city’s decision to deny a veteran fire fighter’s request to use sick bank hours to help cover his medical leave. Dana Stockton has been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer since January and has...
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...
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