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Their Profits or Their Lives

In Pale Rider, Clint Eastwood plays a “Preacher” who stops outside a fictional California mining town for a spell and helps a small commune of tin panners who are being tortured by the big mining boss in the town back in the 1880s. At one point, the mining boss tries to buy off the Preac... [More]

Why We Stand With Wal-Mart Workers

Do you want to support a company that doesn’t respect the rights of workers and the families they support? Do you want to shop at a store that is all about making one company and one family rich? As profit-hungry Wal-Mart plans to open its doors on Thanksgiving evening, thousands of Wal-Mart ... [More]

With Friends Like These...

President Schaitberger made the decision to "turn off the spigot to federal candidates and federal parties, party committees and the super PACs that are created to support them" because, as he told reporter Steve Greenhouse of The New York Times: "We're tired that our friends have not been wil... [More]

"Welfare Queens" or Have Others Just Lost Their Backbone?

When people attack public employees as "welfare queens," common sense should dictate that such an attack would be blown off as one made by a looney tune. But somehow, those attacks have taken root.  Appearing more and more, they seem to be the next frontier for the haters to go after fire figh... [More]

Pension Crisis? It's About the Revenue... Stupid

Ezra Klein , a writer for The Washington Post, answered a silly op-ed from David Brooks , of The New York Times, with a factual rebuttal that is useful in our fight to beat back the ridiculous claims that public employee pensions are crippling America. Using very interesting facts from the Ce... [More]

401(k) - Not a Retirement, Indeed a Failure

As the attacks continue on the best retirement security system in the world – defined benefit pensions – in favor of defined contributions plans, a blog by Edward Siedle on Forbes web site makes a stark prediction for an entire generation that is moving into their most vulnerab... [More]

This Guy Wants to Fight You

  The people who attack the pay of fire fighters look like this guy -- Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute.   Dark suits.  Smug.  “Think Tank” professionals who write things like:   "The biggest problem with the labor market right now is that... [More]

Union Made Stuff

The delegates at the 2010 IAFF Convention sent a clear message - the IAFF logo is to go on United States and Canadian union-made clothing and merchandise only. Delegates also asked for a place on the IAFF web site where our members could go to find union-made goods and services and information... [More]

Targeted Tax Levies May Fly

The latest Pew Research poll results indicate that while there is little appetite among voters in the U.S. for generic state level tax increases to balance state budgets, there are some big nuances that may be useful to maintaining public safety budgets through targeted tax levies. Granted thi... [More]

Who owns your email?

Using a county/city/fire district provided email for your personal email? The planning director for Forsyth County, GA was, but he "has been on leave the past six weeks while officials review thousands of e-mails that include photos of naked women, bedroom talk and lewd jokes he exchanged with... [More]

Bad Password - Hackers will "rockyou"

How important is your member information?  Important enough not to hold the door open for an internet thief? You are holding the door open for mischief if your member or financial information is "protected" by one of these, which are "... the 10 most-commonly used passwords, all... [More]

Aggressive Local in Jacksonville

With two engine closures, 29 jobs and 53 demotions on the line, Jacksonville Local 122 is monitoring the work of those engines and blasting emails like this to "... all elected politicians in the county... all local media... all local party heads... politicos... people who run for office... register... [More]

An Appalling Argument

David Wood of Politics Daily wrote the other day: The military draft once chose young Americans for war. Now the Army attracts them with generous pay and benefits.   You can guess where Wood goes next: But the heavy cost may be unsustainable. Wood ignores the extreme waste in the ... [More]

An "Amen" Moment

As part of the ceremonial unveiling of the National Workers Memorial on April 28 at the National Labor College, the head of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, David Michaels, spoke and reportedly said: Under the main law governing worker safety, "the maxim... [More]

Cool Technology -- But is it Helpful?

The IAFF uses very sophisticated GIS modeling and analysis to help our affiliates determine response capabilities.  It has proven to be an incredible tool that empowers our locals when working to establish -- and in this economy defend -- realtime staffing and response needs. &n... [More]

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