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Nation’s Main Firefighters’ Union Shows Spine, defunds national Democrats

The New York Times carried an article 2 days ago called Irked at Democrats, Firefighters Suspend Federal Contributions. This is a very welcome departure from widespread union fealty to the Democratic Party, a ‘strategy’ for suckers if there ever was one.

I’m posting this mainly in the hopes that decision makers within the International Association of Fire Fighters union consider a strategic alliance with New Progressive Alliance (NPA). An intro to the NPA can be had by reading the MyFDL diaries Pick Up the Cry! and The NPA Update April.

From the NY Times article:

The nation’s main firefighters’ union, long a strong supporter of Democratic candidates, announced on Tuesday that it would indefinitely suspend all contributions to federal candidates out of frustration with Congressional Democrats who, union officials say, have not fought harder against budget cuts and antiunion legislation.

The union, the International Association of Fire Fighters, said it would focus its contributions and energies on state and local races because many legislatures have sought to curtail collective bargaining or otherwise weaken public-sector unions.

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