New Hampshire’s Quiet Revolt Against Public Employees
24. March 2011
The protests in Wisconsin may have stolen news headlines this winter, but a quiet political persecution of public employees has also been playing out in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Finance Committee in the House of Representatives this week approved a change to the state collective bargain...
"As Wisconsin Turns"
23. March 2011
Bloggers had a field day last week when it was reported that one Wisconsin lawmaker’s wife was joining efforts to recall him. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gives readers the back story on how state Sen. Randy Hopper’s girlfriend got a job with Sen. Scott Walker’s team during a ti...
Here We Go Again
22. March 2011
Fire fighter jobs maybe on the chopping block again in the city of Akron, Ohio. Mayor Don Plusquellic released a statement last week indicating that the city would re-examine laying off police and fire fighters. Akron still remains over fifty personnel short since 2009 even with 37 laid off perso...
In radical policy shift, Supreme Court stands up for worker rights
22. March 2011
The Supreme Court issued a rare pro-employee decision today, resolving a split amongst federal circuit courts in deciding that the anti-retaliation protections for employees found in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protect even verbal complaints by employees to their employers. The FLSA contain...
Updates from Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference
14. March 2011
Day Three of the Legislative Conference IAFF Goes to Congress IAFF members set off to meet lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday. About 1,000 members from across the country are in Washington, DC to discuss the challenges that first responders face each day. Fire fighters on Capitol Hill will talk ...
A Fire Fighter’s Powerful Message
11. March 2011
Morristown, Tennessee fire fighter Robert Croxdale is fighting two battles. Croxdale is a member of the Morristown Professional Fire Fighter’s Association Local 3836 and is currently stationed in Kuwait serving Operation Enduring Freedom. A 20-year member of the Tennessee National Guard, Cro...
Council Chambers. Redwood City, CA
8. March 2011
Justin Velasquez, a member of our San Mateo County local, shared this video of amazing testimonials from members in the community as they talk about their own experiences with the fire department. During a City Council meeting, these citizens told personal stories about...
Stripping Collective Bargaining from Ohio Workers
3. March 2011
Members of the Ohio Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would effectively strip collective bargaining rights from public workers. Senate Bill 5 narrowly passed by a 17 to 16 vote. The bill will now move to Ohio’s House of Representatives which has a Republican majority. However, public w...
Gov. Walker Are You Listening?
2. March 2011
Most Americans say Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is on the wrong side of the collective bargaining debate. About 62 percent of Americans say it is unacceptable for states to eliminate employee’s collective bargaining rights, according to a new poll released by NBC and the Wall Street Journa...
The next battlefront moves to Michigan
2. March 2011
A nasty assault on collective bargaining rights is playing out in the Michigan Legislature. A series of anti-worker bills introduced by the conservative led legislature is threatening the existence of public unions across the state. Labor unions are particularly concerned about the Emergency Finan...
Md. fire fighter group speaks against roadside ban
1. March 2011
The Montgomery County Career Firefighter's Association may find it harder to raise money for the MDA if a proposal banning roadside solicitations is passed.Montgomery County officials are considering a ban on roadside solicitations after a report was issued expressing safety concerns of some residen...
Recipes from the Fire House Chef
1. March 2011
Here are two recipes selected from the Fire House Chef website and the IAFF Menu Planner that will get your mouth watering. Pasta Primavera Take One Bunch of Cut Up Fresh Broccoli One Bunch of Cut up Fresh Cauliflower One Cup Fresh sliced Mushrooms Three Sliced Carrots One Onion Quartered ...
A Calculated Battle to Discredit Unions
28. February 2011
Politico.com examines the behind the scene effort to take down public sector unions in Wisconsin. The web story is long, but worth reading because it identifies groups who are influencing elected officials in Wisconsin and other states to reduce government salaries and benefits. Think-tank groups ...
The Truth Teller? NJ Public Unions Think Not
25. February 2011
Do you want to know why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is trying to destroy the public unions in his state? Read this New York Times profile to see if you can find an answer. The Times story will run in the Sunday Magazine this weekend and it examines Christie’s arrogant attitude towards publ...
Michigan City Decides to Layoff Fire Department
24. February 2011
Allen Park, Michigan is proposing to lay off its entire fire department by June citing budgetary concerns, even though fire fighters have agreed to nearly $1 million in concessions. However, some Allen Park residents question if the dismissal of fire fighters is a thinly disguised attempt at union b...
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