IAFF Local 106

Bellingham / Whatcom County Professional Fire Fighters in Bellingham, Washington.

  • PAC Report: March, 2019

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Mar 07, 2019

    Pac Report: March 2019

     

    Brothers and Sisters.  

    This has been a most politically active 'off-season’.  Your Local is engaging government leaders on your behalf at the Federal, State and Local level in order to improve hours, wages and working conditions for Union Firefighters.  This report will focus on State and Local activities as we will be heading to D.C. later this week.

     

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    Washington State:  In case you didn’t get this recent news from the ...

  • LEOFF 1 AND LEOFF 2 MERGER?

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Mar 06, 2019

    This just in..in case you don't get WSCFF news.  There is a proposal in the Washington State Legislature to merge the LEOFF Plan 1 and LEOFF Plan 2.  The WSCFF is monitoring the situation and will keep you informed.  At this time, no action is being requested. 

    Why is this important?  You may know, there is somewhat of a LEOFF 1 surplus.  That is to say, there is more money in the LEOFF 1 Pension fund than will be used to pay for all of the benefits, including into the future, for LEOFF 1 members.  The law states that this money can ONLY be used for benefits and pensions of LEOFF 1 members.  T...

  • Breaking News: House Passes FF Presumptive Coverage Bill, 90-5...onto the Senate

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Mar 01, 2019

    Presumptive Disease Coverage

    BACKGROUND

    Studies have detailed that firefighters experience much higher rates of occupational diseases (including cancers, respiratory and cardiac diseases) than the general public. 

    In recognition of this occupational hazard, the WA legislature granted fire fighters a rebuttable presumption in 1987 and has since expanded covered conditions based on new evidence, that these occupational diseases are on-the-job injuries.  There is now a list covered diseases.    

    Women fire fighters, specifically, are an underrepresented population and have lagged in receiving app...

  • 2019 WA Legislative Video Update

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Feb 27, 2019

    From the WSCFF

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=uT8NTW4vv4s

  • PAC Update: Our Bills in Olympia now have Sponsors

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Feb 15, 2019

    Last week the WSCFF assisted our friends in Olympia to file HB1909 and it’s companion SB5844 which relates to the confidentiality of workers comp records. Senators Dhingra and Kuderer are two of the Sponsors.  If you recall, we endorsed BOTH of their campaigns this past summer.

     

    On the same day,  HB1913 and companion SB5849 which is presumptive disease expansion were filed. Both bills are scheduled for a hearing next week and we expect both to sail through their respective committees.

    No update on our benefit improvement account yet. Guessing we will know more when the house and senate budget...

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