Protect Your Cities and Towns
19. March 2014
As companies continue to flee the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy organization is searching for new sources of revenue. According to this Guardian report, ALEC plans to target city and local governments for potential new revenue streams in efforts to replicate its influenc...
Fundraising in the Name of Fire Fighters
11. March 2014
The IAFF has been made aware of individuals claiming to represent the best interests of fire fighters. However, in the past these same individuals have failed to pass on their charitable solicitations to the groups they were intended to benefit. Ralph and Barbara Mroz operate the “Foundation ...
Update: Right to Work Stopped in Oregon
11. March 2014
Right to Work efforts have been dropped in Oregon after the state’s governor announced plans for tax reform. Anti-union forces targeted Oregon in hopes of getting a ballot initiative before voters in November. Anti-union groups pushed a measure called “The Public Employees Choice Act&r...
Watch Your Cable Dollars!
27. February 2014
If you are a Comcast or Time Warner subscriber then you should be aware of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Comcast and Time Warner are funders of ALEC, a Washington, DC-based politically ultra-conservative non-profit that thrives on operating in the shadows of American government ...
How Money is Shaping Politics and Your Rights
25. February 2014
If you’ve been following the Koch Brothers and their attempts to push legislation that is harmful to workers and their wages, you may know they are not alone in their efforts to shape politics and policies in their own best interests to the detriment of public workers. The biggest political f...
Waging the War on Pensions Through the Media
19. February 2014
Enron billionaire John Arnold doesn’t have PBS to push his anti- worker pension message anymore. Amid strong public criticism, PBS says it has returned a multi-million dollar donation to the John and Laura Arnold Foundation putting the news series “Pension Peril” on hiatus. Hundred...
Burn Awareness Week
7. February 2014
We hope our locals are marking Burn Awareness Week by performing community outreach and education on how injuries can be prevented. Over 500,000 people in the United States and Canada receive medical treatment for burn injuries each year. Most burns occur in the home usually in the kitchen or bath...
Flat Stanley Visits IAFF Headquarters, Tours the Nation’s Capital
7. February 2014
When Flat Stanley arrived by mail in August 2013, the International jumped into action. He arrived folded in an envelope with a letter written by Abigail Jensen, 8, daughter of John Jensen, a member of Des Moines, IA Local 4, along with a request for the IAFF to take Flat Stanley out for a quick to...
Another Bad Idea That Just Won’t Die: Taxing Your Health Benefits
6. February 2014
It’s the issue that just won’t die, but believe it or not, some in Congress are yet again proposing the taxation of employer-provided health benefits to raise revenue for other “priorities.” IAFF members have fought time and again to quash this bad idea – we were ...
Fire Fighters as Crime Fighters
6. February 2014
As city budgets become more strained, fire fighters are being asked to perform more responsibilities beyond their job description including deterring crime in communities.Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray recently asked fire fighters to combat crime in the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast after a ...
The Push for Right to Work in Pennsylvania
5. February 2014
Pennsylvania joins a growing list of states the Koch Brothers are targeting in efforts to wipe out public employee unions and wages. The billionaire brothers – Charles and David – are pouring money into organizations that are putting pressure on lawmakers to pass legislation, including ...
Indications you might get a SAFER award…..are there such things?
31. January 2014
I had a chance to present two workshops on SAFER grants earlier this week at the Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS). We covered a lot of details, do’s and don’ts, and tips to be successful. Much to everyone’s dismay, I do not carry around a bag full of money no...
Supporters of Right to Work admit law will lower wages
17. January 2014
It is no secret that passing Right to Work legislation is a top priority for the Missouri House of Representatives this year. Right to Work weakens the wages of workers in states. We’ve known all along the true intentions of Right to Work, but lately the opposition’s been bold in admitti...
The Right to Work for Less
16. January 2014
We’re barely into the New Year and opponents of organized labor are up to the same old tricks. Last week, we told you about efforts to bring Right to Work legislation to Oregon. Now, efforts are underway in Missouri, with Right to Work the first bill being considered for 2014 in the “Sh...
What’s the Career Outlook for Fire Fighters?
14. January 2014
According to the Department of Labor, employment of fire fighters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022. While slower than the average for all occupations, the aging of the population will lead to an increased demand for emergency responders as the elderly tend to use more emergency medic...
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