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 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]