October 9, 2013 16:03
Well the billionaire Koch Brothers couldn’t buy the 2012 presidential elections, so shutting down the federal government is the next best way to push their extreme policies on America.The New York Times published an expose on the seeds of the federal government shutdown and reported the effort was a long planned, well-calculated and well-financed campaign to attack the Affordable Care Act which was signed into law in 2010. The law is widely viewed as the most historic overhaul of the US he... [More]
October 3, 2013 11:26
The IAFF Grants Administration department is receiving many questions relating to the Federal Government shutdown and the impact on FEMA grants, specifically the SAFER grants which keep IAFF members on the job. Those departments that have already received awards will receive the total appropriated grant funds, but the question remains as to how timely they will receive those funds. FEMA’s SAFER and AFG Equipment and Training offices are considered non-essential, therefore admin... [More]
October 3, 2013 09:26
Congress is a destructive mess. Normally, that wouldn’t be news because it’s always been fairly dysfunctional, but they have taken that to a whole new level.Those elected to the top levels of American Government have now literally said “America is closed for business," unless the people at the top have determined that you are an “exception” (which is the new politically correct term for what they used to call “essential employees”).While there&rsqu... [More]
September 10, 2013 11:22
It’s not good for businesses these days to be associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest student loan lender, became the 50th business to publicly drop its membership in ALEC.
ALEC has worked to make the education system a for-profit entity and a Sallie Mae spokesperson said it thought carefully about pulling its membership.“The noise level was distracting from the original business purpose.”
ALEC, a Washington, D... [More]
August 13, 2013 14:57
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) felt the heat of its critics as they protested the group’s annual convention in Chicago last week.
The Center for Media and Democracy has released a new report that identifies 466 ALEC “model bills” that were introduced in state houses across the country in 2013.CMD finds 84 of these “model bills” were passed and put into law. The top ALEC states include West Virginia (which introduced 25 bills) and Missouri (introdu... [More]
July 26, 2013 10:03
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is still up to no good – promoting harmful legislation that threatens the rights of unions and workers.The Center for Media and Democracy reports that ALEC has introduced at least 117 bills this year in statehouses across the United States that hurt the wages, rights and benefits of workers.IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger told CMD, “The sole purpose of ALEC has been to develop the most anti-middle class, pro-corporation poli... [More]
April 24, 2013 16:19
The 113th Congress sure has its priorities straight.
This week, Congress will vote on legislation that would allow private sector employers to stop giving workers any extra pay for overtime work.
HR 1406 is a “friendly attack” on workers -- making mandatory overtime less expensive for employers to maintain the 40-hour work week (and help keep workers on the job longer).
Ten years ago, workers stood together to defeat the bill in the House of Representatives.
Now workers are getti... [More]
March 27, 2013 14:15
Big corporations are continuing to cut ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Last week, Bristol-Myers Squibb and WellPoint announced they were ending their partnership with the controversial organization.
Bristol-Myers Squibb, a pharmaceutical company, earns $17.6 billion in annual revenue. The company says it did not renew its membership at the end of 2012.WellPoint, a health insurance company, earns $61.7 billion in annual revenue. Earlier this month, WellPoint announced t... [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]
March 15, 2013 12:52
We are keeping an eye on our political opponents and wanted to share an update with you on the business dealings of the Koch brothers.
The billionaire Koch brothers who tried to buy the 2012 presidential elections to help further anti-worker legislation are reportedly trying to acquire assets of the Tribune Company.
Charles and David Koch, two of the world’s richest men, are rumored to have interest in the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. Other Tribune assets the... [More]