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Jane Blume February 27, 2015 15:41
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 New Jersey’s state constitutional obligation to workers. This is a huge victory for workers who serve and protect the Garden State. Since Christie entered office, he has maligned and publicly a... [More]
Admin January 16, 2015 09:38
As state legislators reconvene for the year, fire fighters can expect more anti-union legislation. Our political opponents are determined to enact policies that curb the power of labor unions.  In at least nine states, Right to Work bills are expected to be introduced in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado, Kentucky, Montana, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Twenty-four states have passed Right to Work laws and it has been proven that legislation leads to decrease wages and safety standards ... [More]
Jane Blume June 20, 2014 15:48
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 headline is a bit of a misnomer describing the Koch Brothers’ efforts to break unions as new – the IAFF and fire fighters everywhere know unions and workers have been battling the extreme ideo... [More]
Jane Blume April 30, 2014 12:17
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, Time portrays the brothers as caring deeply about the values that make success in America possible – free markets, freedom, limited government and competition. But fire fighters and public work... [More]
Jane Blume March 24, 2014 11:51
We’ve all heard of the Bridge Gate scandal in New Jersey where top Chris Christie staffers closed the George Washington Bridge in alleged political retaliation from the governor. But more attention should be focused on a scandal that’s hurting New Jersey retirees’ pensions. We all know that Christie is no friend to unions and has publicly bullied public workers in efforts to gain more power. He has tried to increase the retirement age of workers, cut benefits and make employee... [More]
Ron Saathoff February 19, 2014 11:55
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. Hundreds of PBS stations across the country aired “Pension Peril,” that echoes the same pension cutting themes that the Arnold Foundation is promoting legislatively which advocates cutting retire... [More]


Categories: Pensions and Retirement Benefits

Jane Blume December 2, 2013 15:57
The Pew Foundation is trying to influence the pension debate in Jacksonville, Fla., but fire fighters won’t allow fuzzy math to affect their retirements. Pew will make a presentation this week to the Jacksonville City Council about how the retirement fund can be managed and acquire money. IAFF Jacksonville Local 122 knows that Pew and its billionaire supporters don’t have the solutions to help fire fighters and are doing what they can to let the public know that Pew’s numbe... [More]


Categories: Pensions and Retirement Benefits

Barry Kasinitz November 25, 2013 15:03
Three U.S. Senators; Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) recently introduced a bill, the Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act (S. 1678) to eliminate defined benefit plans for federal fire fighters and other government employees. Contrary to the bill’s name, the legislation would clearly do nothing to create parity among public and private retirement systems, forcing federal fire fighters to rely solely on their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), an expensive... [More]
Ron Saathoff November 21, 2013 09:48
Let this be a warning to all those who argue that public employee pensions should be slashed: the public is NOT on your side. Over the past several months, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John and Laura Arnold Foundation have spearheaded efforts to make public employee retirements less secure. However, a funny little thing happened as the duo tried to gain more support for their pension message --- the data collected for a recent survey actually supported why public employees deserve the pen... [More]


Categories: Pensions and Retirement Benefits

Jane Blume April 16, 2013 12:41
Fire fighters’ pensions are at stake, and the IAFF continues to track those who are spearheading efforts to put public employees in the poor house during their golden years. New York billionaire Dan Loeb ranks 974th on Forbes Magazine list of the world’s richest billionaires with a fortune estimated at $1.5 billion. The founder of Third Point LLC also ranks as one of the worst offenders of selling out public workers. He manages the money for public funds, including Ohio Public Empl... [More]

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