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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
April 8, 2013 14:46
As fire fighters continue to fight to protect their pensions, we wanted to let our members know who is spearheading efforts to make their retirement less secure.
Houston billionaire and former Enron Corporation trader, John Arnold and his wife Laura, are backing efforts in Rhode Island to upend the pension system in the state.
The couple spent in the six figures for EngageRI, a group led by local business leaders pushing pension change.
EngageRI spent $740,000 on lobbying, polling and running... [More]
April 2, 2013 14:12
The roots of Florida’s pension redesign can be traced back to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Florida lawmakers continue to debate over whether to close the Florida Retirement System (FRS) to new employees and move them into 401(k)-type plans. The Florida House has passed a bill that would end guaranteed pensions for new public employees starting next year – and require them to enter a defined contribution plan.
The Palm Beach Post reports that two years ago, abou... [More]
March 25, 2013 12:55
Jordan Marks, executive director of the National Public Pension Coalition, gives some good pointers on how to develop a public relations campaign to protect public employee pensions.
Marks spoke to the 700 fire fighters who attended the IAFF Legislative Conference last week in Washington, DC. He said defined benefit plans are the foundation of a secure retirement, but the concerted effort to attack public employee pensions continues. Labor unions must press forward through legislative and med... [More]
March 19, 2013 09:44
IAFF Goes to Capitol Hill
IAFF members set off to meet lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Nearly 700 members from across the country are in Washington, DC to discuss the challenges that first responders face each day.
Many IAFF affiliates are concerned about the sequestration and its effects on the fire service and want to tell their elected representatives and senators to end the shenanigans.
For fire fighters, sequestration requires automatic, ... [More]