Megadonors get tax exemptions
23. April 2015
People Who Work for a Living
Congress has made it easier for billionaires like the Koch Brothers to use their money to give secret money political groups. The House quietly passed legislation that would...
Koch Brothers Say Walker is Their Guy
21. April 2015
If we didn’t already know that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the puppet of the Koch Brothers -- we know now after this week’s declaration. Charles and David Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries who are single handedly trying to destroy American democracy, has declared Wal...
T-Mobile leaves ALEC
14. April 2015
T-Mobile is the latest technology and communications company to kick the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to the curb. T-Mobile follows in the footsteps of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Yelp in leaving the organization. ALEC, a politically ultra-conservative non-profit, which ...
SAFER – Award Process and Alternative Funding Sources
13. April 2015
Grants and Funding
A number of departments that submitted SAFER applications have contacted our office about award stat
Are You Drinking Empty Calories That Prevent You From Losing Weight?
24. March 2015
For many people who want to eat healthy, beverages can sabotage their efforts. Making changes to your beverage choices could be the key to taking your health and well-being to the next level. Instead of reaching for the coffee pot in the morning, try a cup of warm water with fresh lemon j...
Bill Proposed to Void Union Contracts in TN
23. March 2015
Tennessee public employee unions are facing an extreme and ill-conceived attack on their rights. Senate Bill 123 attempts to void existing agreements between local governments and public unions. Tennessee is a Right to Work state and public employees there have fought off numerous attempts t...
Cummings: A True Champion of Workers' Rights
9. March 2015
U.S. House member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), whom IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger hailed as a true champion of workers’ rights, said the Republicans are conducting a relentless and blatant attack on unions. Cummings spoke to nearly 700 IAFF leaders at the 2015 IAFF Legislative Conferen...
Fire Proof Your Home for Wildfire Season
4. March 2015
In parts of the West, wildfire season got an early start this winter leaving destruction and despair in its wake. Wildfire season can’t be confined to the summer and early fall months anymore. For the past four decades, the season has gotten longer. This year in parts of southern Califor...
Pay Up, Christie
27. February 2015
New Jersey unions knew this day would come when their spotlight-seeking governor would have to take responsibility for not fully funding the pension system. A Superior Court judge ruled in favor of public unions, finding Christie’s failure to make full payments to the pension system violated ...
Welcome Back to 2011!
20. February 2015
Our political opponents are ramping up their attacks against us. And we won’t let them get away with trying to take away the rights we earned and fought hard to win. Politico, a Capitol Hill publication in Washington, D.C., provides a summary of state battles and misbehaving elected officials...
Corporations still run from ALEC
13. February 2015
North Grumman is the 101st corporation to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Yo
Valentine's Day Union Style
10. February 2015
Celebrate Valentine’s Day union style by buying these special union treats this holiday. Try these union-made goodies: Russell Stover Ghirardelli See’s Candy Hershey Want to drink a bottle of bubbly? Try these brands: J. Roget Jacques Bonet Cook’s Tott&rsquo...
What to Expect in Statehouses This Season
16. January 2015
As state legislators reconvene for the year, fire fighters can expect more anti-union legislation. Our political opponents are determined to enact policies that curb the power of labor unions. In at least nine states, Right to Work bills are expected to be introduced in Wisconsin, New Mexico...
The Brave New Dangerous ALEC Frontier
9. January 2015
Sometimes it is the little things that can catch you off guard. The IAFF does not want its members to be blindsided by the American Legislative Exchange Council’s new strategy to attack the rights of workers. ALEC, a politically ultra-conservative non-profit, which thrives on operating in th...
Right to Work Pushed in Wisconsin
10. December 2014
Three years ago, Wisconsin public sector workers were stripped of their rights to bargain collectively in the state. Now that controversial Governor Scott Walker has been elected for a second term, our political foes will stop at nothing to destroy workers by pushing Right to Work legislation in th...
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