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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]
Jane Blume March 19, 2014 12:46
As companies continue to flee the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy organization is searching for new sources of revenue. According to this Guardian report, ALEC plans to target city and local governments for potential new revenue streams in efforts to replicate its influence within state legislatures. The American City County Exchange (ACCE) will target policy makers from villages, towns, cities and counties. The new off-shoot will offer corporate America a direct con... [More]


Categories: Labor Issues | Political

Jane Blume February 25, 2014 14:00
If you’ve been following the Koch Brothers and their attempts to push legislation that is harmful to workers and their wages, you may know they are not alone in their efforts to shape politics and policies in their own best interests to the detriment of public workers. The biggest political fights are happening in state legislatures across the country. In Michigan, for example, how do you think right to work was passed? The effort was well coordinated, organized and financed by the wealth... [More]


Categories: Labor Issues | Political

Jane Blume December 4, 2013 10:59
Plenty of politicians are getting into the holiday spirit this season. Union-busting governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is gearing up for his re-election next year and may as well be starring in the modern day version of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Friends of Scott Walker circulated a fundraising email that encouraged supporters during this holiday season to help save children from a future of double-digit tax increases and billion dollar budget deficits.“Instead of venturing into th... [More]


Categories: Labor Issues | Political

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]
Jane Blume November 1, 2013 09:41
Cincinnati, OH voters will have to decide this Tuesday if they will support to change the city’s pension system. A private group called Cincinnati for Pension Reform Committee gathered enough signatures to place a charter amendment on the ballot that could change the public pension plans for newly hired employees from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan. Cincinnati fire fighters say Issue 4 if passed will cause more problems than good. Cincinnati Fire Fighters Local 4... [More]
Jane Blume October 31, 2013 12:43
The secret group of billionaires who tried to limit the power of labor unions in California’s Prop 32 fight last year has been unmasked. Prop 32, which would have stopped the ability of labor unions to collect political money, was resoundingly defeated by five million voters in California.Now a special investigation has revealed a list of billionaires who were connected to the campaign to thwart labor unions in the Golden State.Owners of the Gap, Charles Schwab and philanthropist Eli Bro... [More]


Categories: Labor Issues | Political

Jane Blume October 29, 2013 13:57
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has found another way to stick it to workers: by advocating policies that would change public pensions.The St. Louis Beacon reports that changes to state pensions is high on ALEC’s list for 2014 with the group encouraging more states to consider shifting to defined contribution plans such as 401Ks, and away from traditional “defined benefit plans.”  Missouri and Illinois could be states that ALEC tries to influence in the p... [More]


Categories: Economic Crisis | Labor Issues | Political

Jane Blume October 25, 2013 13:58
The Professional Firefighters of New Jersey is hitting the campaign trail for gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono.Fire fighters are participating in a bus tour to help get out the vote in the Garden State. The PFANJ was one of the first labor unions and first public safety union in New Jersey to endorse Buono.The PFANJ on a limited budget looked for ways to get its message out to as many people as possible.“The bus ‘route’ spot was the best bang for our buck,” says PFAN... [More]


Categories: Labor Issues | Political

Kevin O'Connor October 10, 2013 09:35
If you’ve watched the news at all this week, you’ve probably noticed the government shutdown has delayed the timely payment of death benefits to families of service members lost in the line of duty.  It’s a disgraceful tragedy and deserves to be remedied immediately.  Yet, as we continue to consider the many consequences of failing to fund the federal government, one cannot overlook the fact that the families of fallen fire fighters, too, have been given the short shr... [More]

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