Presumptive disease legislation is at risk of dying in committee today.
Your Union needs your help. Please call your Representative this morning. Simply pose the following request to your Representative,
"Would you please ask the Chairman of House Appropriations, Timm Ormsby, to hold a vote on House Bill 2633 and please support this bill when it comes to a vote"
HB 2633 adds nine cancers, stroke and MRSA for presumptive disease coverage, and extends coverage to public employee fire investigators and EMTs. The bill also seeks to cover law enforcement for heart problems, stroke, and in...
Brothers and Sisters,
As we consider BFD Brother Carlberg's passing, it has been hugely disappointing that Mayor Linville was not willing to do the right thing by our friend in covering his esophageal cancer as duty related. IF we can pass this Presumptive Disease Add-On bill at the State level, we will no longer have to ask local government to do the 'right thing'. Instead, folks like Neil will simply be covered.
To those ends, we have a House and a Senate bill which need to pass out of the Rules Committee before they hit the legislative floor for an 'up or down' vote. We have governmental...
Brothers and Sisters,
President Glorioso wrote an expanded letter to legisltors regarding the Presumptive bill. Though I would not expect any member to put the amount of time into his/her own letter, it is a shining example of the 'power of the pen'.
First, I would like to express our gratitude for further evaluating the merits of particular cancers being added to current Presumptive Disease legislation. The work of our past legislators and those who are tasked with the betterment of this legislation are doing the good work of taking care of those who make a career of taking...
PAC Report: March 2018
Washington State Legislature: This has been a tremendous year for Union Firefighters in Olympia. Due to our statewide political action work, there is a labor friendly House of Representatives, Senate and Governor. As such, we made some progress this year. I would like to thank those of you who wrote letters and went to Olympia on behalf of the WSCFF to educate our legislature on our issues. We were heard.
Below are the bills we focused on. SB stands for Senate Bill and HB for House Bill. Though I show only the SB or HB, it takes both houses to pass a bill.
PAC Report: April 2018
Federal: Firefighter Issues Your Local worked on in D.C. The weekend following our March B’ham Unit meeting, President Glorioso and I spent two days educating members of the 2018 U.S. Congress about issues affecting firefighters around the country. We were warmly greeted by the offices of Congressman Rick Larsen, Congresswoman DelBene, Senators Cantwell and Murray. Below are some of the specifics (info pulled from IAFF). Like much worthwhile legislation, some issues take years to accomplish.
Federal Collective Bargaining
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