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  • 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?

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    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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  • Firefighters for Joe Biden! Yes, but Why? PLEASE read note from IAFF General President Harold Shaitberger

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Apr 29, 2019

    It is your union's job to represent you on the issues that have a profound effect on your career - health and safety, wages, benefits and working conditions. It is not a duty we take lightly and not one we will not shy away from. Because whether we like it or not, every single decision that affects you, your career and the ability to provide for your family is made by a politician or someone who is appointed by a politician. With that in mind, it is important that you have a union that fights hard on your behalf in the political process.

    Many of you may not like us being involved in politics o...

  • 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...