Presumptive Disease Coverage
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...
From the WSCFF
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...
Vice-President Pethick and I will be working on educating our elected officials in Washington D.C. We travel to our nation's capital to stand in SOLIDARITY for Fire Fighters throughout the U.S. The below is one of the issues we will be working on. To be clear, we currently enjoy collective bargaining in Washington State. This is NOT because it was given to those who came before us. They fought like hell to obtain this priveledge. And we work hard to bring this to other first responders as well as to confirm it for our own.
The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2019 (HR...
COB Council to vote on measure by Council Membrer Bornneman to add 2 ADDDIONAL FTE's in this budget. Last Chance! 12/3, Monday, 1320@ COB Council Chambers, upstairs in City Hall. Let's fill it 'n' show 'em!