More groups flee ALEC
12. July 2012
The list of corporations leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council continues to grow. Hewlett-Packard, CVS Caremark, Deere & Co., Miller, Coors and Best Buy announced they are breaking ties with the radical organization this week. These five companies join Amazon, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, ...
Former Warren, OH Local 204 president honored in Congress
11. July 2012
While former Warren, OH Local 204 President Marc Titus’ life was tragically cut short in June, his legacy continues to inspire others. Ohio U.S. Representative Tim Ryan honored Titus on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday, describing the fallen fire fighter as a model public...
Fire Study Shows Effects of Crew Size on Fire Fighting Operations
28. June 2012
As temperatures soared past 90 degrees over the Mid-Atlantic region Thursday, fire fighters took part in a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) safety and deployment study to determine the effects of crew size and response time in high rise structure fires. Results of a similar stud...
Do It Yourself Government
27. June 2012
Local municipalities can’t be expected to protect their communities on their own. The federal government must do its part in securing America’s borders when it comes to wildfires, floods, hurricanes and other disasters, says General President Harold Schaitberger.General President Schaitb...
Follow the Money
26. June 2012
The Public Campaign Action Fund, a Washington, DC based non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving America's campaign finance laws developed this Pinterest board of the richest billionaires contributing to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The board features 33 billionair...
One City’s Swipe at Unions
25. June 2012
We’ve seen all types of union busting tactics over the past two years, but North Las Vegas ranks high on the shenanigans. City officials there are declaring a state of emergency to avoid honoring the collective bargaining agreements and paying public workers the salaries they deserve. The Cit...
Dell drops ALEC
22. June 2012
Dell, the third largest PC maker in the world, has announced it will not renew its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Dell follows the lead of 19 other corporations to drop ALEC since this spring. The other companies include: Wal-Mart, Amazon.com Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kra...
Pensacola News Journal Prints Racist Cartoon – Owes Everyone an Apology
19. June 2012
Last week, the Pensacola News Journal published a cartoon depicting two fire fighters hosing down African Americans as a smiling fire fighter says: “Don’t worry, since they laid off all the journalists in Alabama we can get away with this kind of stuff again!” The Pensacola N...
Endicott fire fighters blast sick bank decision
12. June 2012
Endicott, NY Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 1280 is outraged over the city’s decision to deny a veteran fire fighter’s request to use sick bank hours to help cover his medical leave. Dana Stockton has been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer since January and has...
Wal-Mart kicks ALEC to the curb
31. May 2012
Wal-Mart has announced it is ending its membership in the conservative advocacy group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The world’s largest retailer has been under pressure to drop its affiliation with ALEC after its role in drafting Florida’s controversial “Stand ...
Using Social Media During an Emergency
30. May 2012
A study was released last week on how social media is used after a natural disaster. The study, released by North Carolina State University, highlighted how people used Twitter following the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. What researchers found is that social media has not changed how people comm...
Amazon drops ALEC
25. May 2012
You can add Amazon.com to the list of companies giving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) the boot. The online retailer announced yesterday it would no longer retain its membership with ALEC known for crafting anti-union laws. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, the Bill and Melinda Gat...
ALEC Exposed in Wisconsin
18. May 2012
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released a new report analyzing the cozy relationships that some Wisconsin lawmakers enjoy with the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC, a Washington, DC based non-profit, thrives on operating in the shadows of American government pushing anti-worker...
Why Mitt is Wrong About Unions
9. May 2012
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is no friend of organized labor. On Tuesday, the former Massachusetts governor took a swipe at unions while campaigning in Lansing, Michigan. He said,” Liberalism once taught that unions would ensure lasting prosperity for workers. In...
The Koch Brothers Exposed
7. May 2012
The political shenanigans of the Koch Brothers continue to be scrutinized as Democrats and Republicans battle their way to the general election. The billionaire brothers are the subject of a documentary that shows how money and power can influence and corrupt democracy. Charles and David Koch run ...
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