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...
Scott Walker for President in 2016? Oh No!!
1. December 2014
Scott Walker, the guy who took collective bargaining rights away from most public workers in Wisconsin, is being discussed as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. Walker who was just recently re-elected as governor of Wisconsin said he is seriously considering launching a presidential bid. He...
Stay Safe This Thanksgiving With These Tips
21. November 2014
As Thanksgiving is a few days away, make sure everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday. These IAFF tips will help keep your community safe this holiday season. It can get chaotic with preparation for meals and visitors stopping in, so pay careful attention when you are cooking in the kitchen. The g...
This Turkey Season Make Sure You Go Union
17. November 2014
Thanksgiving is around the corner and most of our families will be shopping for tasty treats and other products. While you are shopping this holiday season, you can support union- and American-made products. When you buy it union or made in the USA, you help strengthen our economy and support union ...
ALEC loses another one
13. November 2014
German software company SAP has ended its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). SAP follows in the footsteps of other technology giants, such as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Yelp, who have all ended their affiliation with ALEC this year. SAP says its departure i...
Strengthen Your Skills as a Union Leader at ALTS
7. November 2014
Strengthen your skills as a union leader by signing up for one of the 100 workshops at the Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit. In January, IAFF affiliate leaders will gather in Anaheim, California, to discuss issues that affect their members. Themed, “Building on Our Past ...
ALEC Under Scrutiny, But Still a Force
22. October 2014
Prominent businesses maybe leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in droves, but that doesn’t mean the organization isn’t losing its influence. ALEC maybe under more public scrutiny than ever before for pushing harmful legislation across statehouses, but it hasn’...
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