Google Leaves ALEC
26. September 2014
After coming under fire for its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Google announced this week it has ended its membership with the organization. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said its membership with ALEC “was some sort of mistake.” Google funded ALEC as some...
Income Inequality Hurting State and Local Governments
22. September 2014
We’ve long known that the growth in income inequality over the past 20 years is bad for working people. Now there is evidence that it is also bad for state and local governments—and the public employees who work for them. In a report released this month, the credit ra...
Say No to Distracted Cooking
16. September 2014
IAFF members please remind your communities about the dangers of cooking and multi-tasking in the kitchen. We know more and more people are addicted to their gadgets and don’t think twice about sending a quick text message or checking something on their iPads while cooking. But it only takes ...
Congress Dithers While Wildfires Burn
4. September 2014
Earlier this summer, the Administration requested additional funding for emergency wildfire suppression activities. Without the additional funding, federal fire-fighting agencies including the Forest Service will be forced to rob funding allocated for wildfire prevention. While ensuring ...
Google asked to end ALEC membership
4. September 2014
More than 50 organizations are asking Google to end its affiliation with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In a letter to Google executives, the organizations ask the technology company to end its membership because of ALEC’s harmful role in the democratic process. It i...
Wisconsin governor is at it again
28. August 2014
Scott Walker, the guy who took collective bargaining rights away from most public workers in Wisconsin, is at it again. Walker, who is in a tough re-election fight to keep his job, is performing strong armed-tactics using healthcare to extort concessions from fire fighters. Fire fighters and polic...
Microsoft leaves ALEC
26. August 2014
Tech industry giant Microsoft has cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and is no longer funding the organization. Microsoft was a member of ALEC’s Communications and Technology Task Force. It has been reported that Microsoft left because of ALEC’s effort to blo...
First Responders seeing more dangerous Fire Challenge cases
14. August 2014
The IAFF is very concerned about an Internet trend growing among teens setting themselves on fire and posting the acts on YouTube. Several fire departments are seeing “Fire Challenge” cases where a young person voluntarily applies flammable liquid on the body and then sets themselves on...
Meet North Carolina's Own Koch-Style Donor
4. August 2014
In North Carolina, a friend of the Koch Brothers is using his money to influence state policies – and not for the better. Art Pope, North Carolina’s state budget director, is using his family’s money to push a pro-business agenda in North Carolina. Keep an eye on Pope as he tries...
Kaiser Permanente Will Purchase Furniture Free from Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals
24. June 2014
Good action deserves recognition. And we would like to acknowledge Kaiser Permanente for deciding it will no longer buy furniture treated with flame retardants. This is a big decision – albeit a right one. And we hope other businesses would follow the example set by this health system compan...
Bad to the Bone
20. June 2014
The spotlight continues to grow on the billionaire Koch Brothers and their negative influence on American democracy. Recently, Rolling Stone published a list of ways the Koch Brothers are “sticking it” to America, and it includes trying to break unions. Though the magazine’s head...
Supreme Court bolsters First Amendment protections for public employees
20. June 2014
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New Pipe & Drum and Honor Guard Ground Rules
11. June 2014
Written by IAFF Health and Safety Staff The IAFF Honor Guard and Massed Pipe & Drum Band continues to grow with more than 900 members participating in the annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To maintain the solemnity of the ceremony and to ensure th...
South Carolina fire fighters take on governor over new station
11. June 2014
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has got it wrong again. The dreadful leader has vetoed a public safety bill that would create a brand new fire station in the historic community of Murrells Inlet Garden City (located 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach). The land for a new fire station has bee...
Are the rich getting richer?
3. June 2014
As fire fighters battle politicians to protect their retirement plans and benefits, rich billionaires keep getting financial breaks. The Center for Media and Democracy reports the charitable wing of billionaire David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity has spent nearly $900,000 on political ads f...
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