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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Scott Walker’s Effect on Wisconsin
30. May 2014
Scott Walker promised Wisconsinites he could spur job and economic development while campaigning for the state’s top job four years ago. Wisconsinites were sold a bag of goods. Walker, an enemy to workers and public sector unions everywhere, declared his administration would create 250,000 n...
Five Tips on 9-Volt Battery Safety
28. May 2014
Common household items may present dangers to home owners that they are unaware. Items such 9-volt batteries if left improperly stored have resulted in serious fire incidents. In many households, it is common for homeowners to place batteries in a junk drawer that contain other items like keys, pap...
Are You Ready for the 52nd IAFF Convention?
7. May 2014
We are just 66 days away before the IAFF arrives in Cincinnati, Ohio, for its biennial Convention July 14-18. Approximately 2,500 delegates are expected to travel to Cincinnati for the Convention to chart the course of the IAFF over the next two years, as well as help the local economy. The Cincinn...
National Arson Awareness Week
7. May 2014
What is your local doing to raise awareness about vehicle arsons in your community? Over the last decade, an average of 14,737 vehicle arsons have been reported, accounting for 26.5 percent of total arson fires annually. As part of National Arson week the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is launchi...
Koch Brothers Spread Negative Influence
30. April 2014
Time Magazine made a splash recently with the release of its 100 most influential people in the world - a list that also includes the billionaire Koch Brothers. The brothers, David and Charles, who are enemies to workers everywhere, are featured as titans of business. In the the write-up, ...
Update: Missouri Right to Work
25. April 2014
Right to Work should be called the ‘right to divide’ as legislation continues to be pushed in Missouri. The Missouri House of Representatives agreed upon language and are now waiting on a handful of lawmakers to bring it to a final vote. If both the House and Senate approve a Right to ...
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