February 19, 2013 15:01
Funding for Assistance to Firefighters Grant (FIRE Act) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs could suffer if Congress fails to avoid the automatic spending cuts set to take effect on March 1.
The cuts would be implemented as across-the-board percentage reductions from FY 2013 appropriations. Congress has not passed a 2013 appropriations bill, so it is hard to predict what spending levels would be if cuts do go into effect.
President Obama urged Congres... [More]
January 15, 2013 11:06
Labor unions could face bigger battles this year as anti-union groups aggressively push policies across statehouses.
One of those groups, Freedom Works, has raised more than $40 million to attack unions. Freedom Works is affiliated with Tea Party conservatives and supported Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s push to make his state Right to Work late last year.
Freedom Works gets its message out by publishing blogs disparaging unions and pushing claims that paycheck protection laws will bene... [More]
December 13, 2012 12:44
The Washington Post has published two thought-provoking blogs on right-to-work following the decision by the Michigan legislature and the state’s governor to push right-to-work legislation in that state.
Nelson Lichtenstein, a labor historian at the University of California-Santa Barbara, gives a good overview of the rise of the right-to-work movement. He tells the Washington Post that history suggests that a liberal, progressive America won’t be able to exist without unions.
Ezra ... [More]
December 7, 2012 12:10
Another one bites the dust!
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced this week it is leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).The organization says:
“ALEC adopted a stance that intends to take us backwards. The fact is, Americans overwhelmingly support the growth of the solar energy industry and ALEC is clearly out of touch with the way Americans feel. We have not renewed our membership to ALEC and we will work with state legislators to push back on these effo... [More]
November 30, 2012 12:47
Big businesses continue to shy away from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Bank of America (BofA), one of the largest banks in the United States, is reportedly cutting ties to ALEC. The banking organization says it is not renewing its membership next year because of budget constraints.
Bank of America joins an ever-growing list that includes: General Electric, Western Union, Sprint Nextel, Symantec, Reckitt Benckise, Amgen, General Motors, Walgreens, Hewlett-Packard, CVS Carema... [More]
November 28, 2012 15:14
Congress returned to Washington, DC this week to begin negotiating a plan to avert the so-called “Fiscal Cliff”—the package of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will take effect on January 1. President Obama, elected on a platform of requiring the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share of taxes, has been meeting with congressional leaders from both parties, as well as business and labor leaders to generate support for this proposal to cut the deficit ... [More]
November 27, 2012 15:02
The 2012 presidential elections are now in the history books. However, the memory of the voting chaos in Florida and other states still lingers.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend The Palm Beach Post published a story confirming what voters in Florida already knew -- that great efforts were made to suppress the vote of hard-working citizens.
A former chair of the GOP Party, a former governor and others all spoke about the issue to the Palm Beach Post.
Throughout this election cycle, we’ve sa... [More]
November 5, 2012 15:47
IAFF affiliates are playing a pivotal role in this year's presidential election.
In the critical battleground state of Ohio, Cincinnati Local 48’s office serves as the logistical hub in Hamilton County for the Obama for America (OFA) campaign.
Since last Monday, Local 48's office has been transformed into the field operations headquarters for the County where people from across the country have used it for phone banking outreach to voters, organizing campaign packets and literatu... [More]
October 22, 2012 15:48
Mitt Romney has proven he’s no friend to organized labor and fire fighters.
In a new video, the Transport Workers Union shares Romney’s plans for unions and workers.
And it is not good.
Watch the video as Romney says he supports national Right-to-Work laws and wants to end union contracts.
See other positions Romney has taken on issues that matter to fire fighters -- such as fire fighter jobs, pensions and tax reform at the Fire Fighters for Obama web site and Fire Fighters for O... [More]
September 13, 2012 13:53
The shadowy organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been quiet in recent weeks and we now know why.
Roll Call reports that ALEC has been quietly laying the groundwork for establishing a new partnership with the Republican Study Committee (RSC). The newspaper reports that a meeting will be held next week in Washington, DC at the Heritage Foundation.
The meeting promises to develop an ongoing relationship between ALEC and the RSC that would allow federal lawmak... [More]