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 ...
Keeping the heat on ALEC
23. April 2012
The bad news keeps coming for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Late Friday, Proctor & Gamble announced it would not rejoin the shadowy group. Proctor and Gamble released this statement: ‘Decisions about which memberships we retain are guided by budgetary considerations, ...
More Bad News for ALEC
19. April 2012
YUM! Brands is the latest Fortune 500 corporation to announce it is cutting ties with the radical, right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). YUM! Brands is the owner of (KFC), Taco Bell and Pizza Hut fast food restaurants. YUM! Brands reportedly co-chaired ALEC’s Labor and Bus...
ALEC feels the pressure
18. April 2012
The radical, right wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is feeling the heat of the spotlight. The group announced Tuesday it would eliminate its public safety task force that helped to draft controversial legislation such as Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law.” In...
How ridiculous can the presidential elections get?
17. April 2012
We told you last week that the political madness season is in full force. A story that caught our attention last week concerns a political prank done by presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s camp to launch two fake Twitter accounts for Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic national C...
Walker’s Attack Ads
16. April 2012
Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker is wasting no time attacking his potential opponents in an attempt to hold on to his job. Walker released television ads attacking the two Democratic frontrunners challenging him in the June 5 recall election. Walker hits Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on the i...
Don’t let em’ fool ya!
13. April 2012
The political silly season is in full force. Elected officials who are anti-labor friendly seem hell-bent on muddling the political message as the November elections near. Take California Congressman Darrell Issa for example. Issa, who is reportedly the richest member of Congress, launched a webs...
Hamburger Restaurants Flip Off ALEC
12. April 2012
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is getting kicked to the curb again this week. This time two of America’s most popular fast food restaurants -- McDonald’s and Wendy’s International -- are doing the dumping. ALEC is the corporate-funded organization that writes ra...
The spending spree begins
11. April 2012
We’ve said time and again that 2012 is a make or break year for America’s middle class. A couple of weeks ago, we shared a list of the top 50 super PACs that includes some of America’s biggest spenders who are willing to shell out big bucks supporting presidential candidates who d...
Big Businesses Continue to Pull Support of ALEC
10. April 2012
Big corporations are fleeing like flies from the right-wing corporate group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the latest backer to withdraw financial support from the organization that has helped push anti-worker legislation across the United...
9. April 2012
We’ve been providing updates about the treacherous reach of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which is pushing harmful bills designed to do away with unions and worker rights across the United States. Some major corporations, inlcuding Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Kraft Foods &ndash...
Using Social Media to Capture Breaking News
2. April 2012
As employers continue to crack down on what’s acceptable to post on social media sites, incidents like the one in Kentucky this weekend illustrate the value fire fighters bring to the community. March Madness took over University of Kentucky fans this past weekend when the men’s team de...
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