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Collective Bargaining Update

Many affiliates no doubt have heard that Senator Harry Reid [D-Nevada] plans to invoke cloture on the IAFF’s collective bargaining bill and is hoping to move the measure to the Senate floor as soon as possible.

This is a significant development in the decades-long attempt to extend bargaining rights to fire fighters. But hurdles have appeared since the majority leader discussed his plan for the collective bargaining bill.

There are multiple stories out today outlining the GOP’s strategy to block any legislation unless they get a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers. The Obama administration wants to extend tax cuts for all but the top 2 percent of taxpayers.

The GOP strategy will jeopardize many bills, including collective bargaining and the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, two crucial IAFF measures that Senator Reid hoped to pass during the lame-duck session of Congress. The Wall Street Journal points out that the strategy could bring all legislation to a standstill.

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  • Aaron Jonke (Denver)

    12/1/2010 6:02:23 PM |

    It's a shame that even these poor economic times aren't bringing the political parties together. This insanity is eventually going to make a rift that cannot be repaired!

    I can't imagine holding up all legislation, including jobless benefits, to save the ultra rich and privileged tax cuts. What about the working class?

    Unfortunately Obama is falling in line with them. The freeze on wages for federal workers will surely trickle down to the municipalities and fire fighters will once again be under attack. Any more cuts and we are going to endangering our communities!

    I really hate to see this happen and it makes it clear why Americans are so disillusioned with our politics & government.

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    2/28/2011 10:46:47 PM |

    First off, the Bush tax cuts were how many years ago? These aren't tax cuts. Presbo wants to increase taxes. The taxes have remained the same. The political parties won't come together, it's like soap operas. You must rely on yourselves and communities. If some one need a hand we help them as much as we can.
      The longer we have people on the unemployment line the longer our tax dollars are drained. I realize there are people that struggle to make a living. The ultra rich are the ones
    who open up hospitals, start charities, and open univerities and schools. They can't be criminalized for the few Madoffs out there. They hold a stake in the country as all of us do.
      We are the working class. We get the hard jobs done. Obama is not falling in line. It's the original intent of the restrictions of our constitution that keeps him from spending us into oblivion. Oh wait.....they just go around it. The cuts should not entirely end up on our doorstep at the job. But, until we vote those out of office who think that narrow minded. We will continue this cycle until our end.
    Don't be disallusioned. DO your homework about your representatives and vote on charachter and not party.
    The rift is already here. Did you know our toatl debt including all the interest we owe to all the countries in the world is that of the entire GDP of the world? It's time to question our leaders and hold them accountable.
      HIstory shows that  all of our economic downturns have been due to an overregulated and overspending government. How is it that our entire system of government and independance is less than 5 pages long and our progressive tax code is over 60,000 pages?

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