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]
March 8, 2013 10:23
A new report finds the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is involved in widespread efforts to weaken wages and workplace standards designed to protect the economic security of workers.The National Employment Law Project (NELP), an organization that promotes job growth and local, state and national partnerships, released the report.NELP found that since January 2011, legislators from 31 states have introduced 105 bills reflecting ALEC’s model legislation in efforts to suppress th... [More]
February 27, 2013 10:37
Los Angeles, the second most populous city in the United States, will elect a new mayor for the first time in eight years.The United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 has thrown its political weight behind city controller Wendy Greuel.
She is the candidate of choice for public safety responders to succeed Antonio Villaraigosa who can’t seek re-election because of term-limits.Los Angeles residents are deeply critical at the cuts made to the fire department in recent years causin... [More]
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]