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  • BWCFFBF 2020 Senior Scholarships

    Posted in Public News on May 21, 2020

    The BWCFFBF (Bellingham-Whatcom County Firefighters Benevolent Foundation was able to award $5000 in scholarships to local Whatcom County High School Graduating Seniors this year!! The seven students were selected from 13 applicants. Two of the students are children of L106 members.

    Here are the students and amounts they will be receiving:

    Kali Cook  (Matt Cook L-106)  $900   Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Jensen Kintzele  (Rob Kintzele L-106)  $900  Statistics /Systems Analyst degree with minor in Leadership 

    Quentin Icay  $700    Fire Science

    Jocelyn Tovar  $700  EMT/Paramedic/RN

    Makenzie Fl...

  • Want to BE the Change in your Democracy? File as a PCO Candidate...(now)

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on May 11, 2020

    IF you consider yourself supportive of one of the two largest political parties, or if you are already politically active within one such party, you may consider running as a Precinct Caucus Officer (PCO).  This position is a 'neighborhood' job in which you represent your neighbors at the lowest political level, the 'precinct', deciding Party platforms and voting within the structure of that political party at the state level, and maybe even the National Level (read: Democrat or Republican National Convention).   I am the Democrat PCO for my neighborhood, the 216th precinct.  There are Republi...

  • Alcoa Plant Closure: Petition to The President

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on May 07, 2020

     

    Brothers and Sisters,

    The economic impact of Alcoa closing its Italco aluminum smelter this June will be devestating for Whatcom County.  It means a loss of over 700 family wage union jobs.  It will also mean handing over one more large aspect of infracsture overseas and once again putting our country in a challenging spot when it comes to providing ourselves needed resources.

    Senators Murray and Cantwell, as well and Congress Members Larsen and DelBene are working on a higher level to mimimize the impact this could have.  You can do somethingm, too:  Please take action using the following a...

  • Joe Biden: WHY is my Union Endorsing??!!

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Mar 06, 2020

    Joe’s Record of Support for Fire Fighters

    As president, Joe Biden will continue to stand up for working families and public safety, just as he has throughout his political career. He will be a leader on issues that give fire fighters a voice on protecting their community.

    We know this because Joe has been with fire fighters - personally and publicly – since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate. His record on the issues important to public safety and to our members is clear - he has had and always will have our back.

    Joe’s record speaks for itself.

    • In an effort to give fire fighters and ot...

  • 2019 General Election Recap: Local 106 Crushes It!

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Dec 20, 2019

    Your Local Assisted our Endorsed Candidates in Winning 11/12 races:  92%, fellow firefighters...not bad at all.

    We will speak directly with these officials when we have areas of concern.  We have their ears.  Thank you for your allowing the resources to make this happen.

     

    40th District Senate: Lovelett: Win!

    Bellingham Mayor: Fleetwood: Win!

    Whatcom Co. Executive: Sidhu Bellingham Council, Ward 1: Stone: Win!

    Bellingham Council, Ward 5: Anderson: Win!

    Bellingham Council, At Large: Huthman: Win!

    Whatcom Co. Sheriff: Elfo: Win!

    Whatcom County Council, At Large: Frazey: Win!

    Port of Bellingham C...

  • So-Called 'Cadillac Tax' on Your Health Insurance KILLED

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Dec 20, 2019

    After years of delays and indecision, Congress has finally acted to stand up for hardworking Americans, do what is right and repeal the employer-provided health insurance tax, more commonly referred to as the Cadillac Tax.

    “The Cadillac Tax is finally dead, and along with it one of the IAFF’s most important legislative priorities has been realized,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “Employer-provided healthcare is part of this union’s foundation and we will continue in our fight to protect it at every opportunity, whether it be a tax or an attack that attempts to take it away comple...

  • Guess which state has the strongest unions?

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Nov 04, 2019

     

     

    Guess which state has the strongest unions?

    thestand.org/2019/11/guess-which-state-has-the-strongest-unions/

    New national analysis finds Washington’s unions are strongest… and growing 

    (Nov. 4, 2019) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC) has long proclaimed Washington to be a “Union State.” That’s because of its high union membership rate, its groundbreaking contracts, and the state’s long history of dynamic collective action for improved labor standards — from our minimum wage, to our paid sick and family leave, to our strong safety nets for injured and laid-off workers — ...

  • 2019 General Election Endorsements

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Oct 08, 2019

    40th District Senate: Lovelett

    Bellingham Mayor: Fleetwood

    Whatcom Co. Executive: Sidhu Bellingham Council, Ward 1: Stone

    Bellingham Council, Ward 5: Anderson

    Bellingham Council, At Large: Huthman

    Whatcom Co. Sheriff: Elfo

    Whatcom County Council, At Large: Frazey

    Port of Bellingham Commissioner, District 3: Briscoe

    Fire District 21, Position 3:  Scott Fisher and Kathy Berg

    City of Lynden Council, Position2:  Darren Johnson 

    City of Lynden Council, Position4:  Brent Lenssen 

     

     

     

     

  • PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS

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

    Your Whatcom Co. Primary Ballots should have been delivered to your home.  If it has not, PLEASE contact the Whatcom Co. Auditor.  L106 has done much research and many interviews to come up with a slate that we believe best represents your hours, wages and working conditions.  We will have more interviews and research on other candidates before the General Election.  I invite you to take part in these activities.  Plese lmk if that's you.  In the meanwhile, LMK if you have questions about candidates in the races other than those in which we've endorsed.

    In Solidarity,

    Colin Lowin

     

     

    CITY OF B...

  • Hollie Huthman for COB Council Rock/Beer Event on 8/1

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jul 30, 2019

    Fellow IAFF members,

    Here's the info for the event next Thursday. Participating State St. businesses will have fundraising specials starting at 4:00, and then the FREE show with my band (Dryland) and Stereo Donkey (surf rock, featuring Hiro from early Soundgarden) will start at 7:30. 

    This is a test to make people aware that there's an election, get people voting, and even possibly register some folks (we'll have tables at most businesses)! I think we'll do more unique stuff like this over the next few months. 

     

    Firefighters that are free that night are invited.  

     

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