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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]

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Categories: Labor Issues | Political

Jane Blume 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]

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Categories: Labor Issues | Political

Jane Blume 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]

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Categories: Political

Jane Blume 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]

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Categories: Labor Issues | Political

Jane Blume 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]

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Categories: Political

Jane Blume March 19, 2013 09:44
  Day Three 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]
Jane Blume 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]

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Categories: Political

Jane Blume 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]
Jane Blume 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]

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Categories: Fire Fighters in the News | Political | Staffing

Jane Blume 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]

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