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Koch Brothers Say Walker is Their Guy

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... [More]

T-Mobile leaves ALEC

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 ... [More]

Bill Proposed to Void Union Contracts in TN

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... [More]

Cummings: A True Champion of Workers' Rights

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... [More]

Pay Up, Christie

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 ... [More]

Valentine's Day Union Style

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... [More]

Right to Work Pushed in Wisconsin

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... [More]

Stay Safe This Thanksgiving With These Tips

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... [More]

This Turkey Season Make Sure You Go Union

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 ... [More]

ALEC loses another one

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... [More]

ALEC Under Scrutiny, But Still a Force

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’... [More]

Masters of Your Public Image

Is your local looking to perform a public image makeover or looking for ways to establish a better relationship with the press? We hope these tips will help your local get its message out. When dealing with members of the media, it is important to remember what the public associates with the fire ... [More]

Google Leaves ALEC

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... [More]

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