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How do you define a political friend or foe?

As we watch the Republican presidential primary unfold, it’s a good time to reflect on how these last few years have affected our members.

We’ve lived through the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression that began in 1929 and gripped the United States for over a decade.

And even though some recent signs of a recovery have helped move us forward, the past several years have been agonizing for our members who have been laid off, seen their wages frozen and benefits cut. And even after making concession after concession to their municipalities, our members are still making sacrifices financially to help their communities.

This is a big year. With probably the most important election in decades for our union and our members’ futures approaching, it’s time to draw a line between those who are helping us and those who want to kill our union, eliminate our voice from politics altogether, gut your pay and benefits and destroy your rights in the workplace.

IAFF members must exercise their voices and will to protect what you’ve rightfully earned.

Our core principle in politics has always been to support those who support us, regardless of party affiliation. Tell us how do you define a political friend or foe.

Comments (2) -

  • Ashley Raymond (Professional Paramedics of Johnson County)

    2/10/2012 11:29:59 AM |

    I think Rotary has one of the best "ethics test" around, the Four-Way Test.  This test comprises of four simple questions:

    First, is it the truth?
    Second, is it fair to all concerned?
    Third, will it build good will and better friendships?
    Fourth, will it be beneficial to all concerned?

    While the perfect candidate could satisfy all those questions with a yes answer, that perfect individual simply does not exist (at least not in politics). However, I look for the candidate that can come the closest to yes answers regarding the Four-Way Test.  

  • Russell Pate (Dallas)

    2/10/2012 3:40:35 PM |

    We need to support candidates on 3 important issues:  (1)  Fight for our right to bargain collectively; (2) Protect our defined benefit pensions; and (3) make sure our work rules are strong to keep us safe.

    Any local, state, or federal candidate for office should not get our endorsement or money.  No matter what a local chapter says to the contrary.

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