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  • Federal Cancer Bill Passes Both Houses! Please Sign, President Trump

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jun 22, 2018

    This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, by unanimous consent, sending the bill to the president for his signature. This final action by Congress is the culmination of several years of work by the IAFF to establish a one-of-a-kind national cancer registry specifically for fire fighters. 

    The Centers for Disease Control within the Department of Health and Human Services will partner with the IAFF and public health experts to establish the registry, which will collect detailed data on the occurrence of cancer in fire fighters. This dat...

  • How to Make Your Voice Heard in Politics: D or R...or I or G or whichever Party works for you !

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jun 07, 2018

    Brothers and Sisters,

    Having had the opportunity to live in a 'Communist' country overseas, I've experienced a system without democracy.  It sucks.  The responsibility/luxury of choosing our leasders and political direction is something which makes the U.S. sitll worth fighting for.  Yet politics can seem daunting.  Where does one begin?  I recently came across a good article which breaks Democratic participation down.  I thought it was good enough to share with everyone in the local.

    https://www.nytimes.com/guides/year-of-living-better/how-to-participate-in-government?campaignId=7WWW8&tp=i-H4...

  • PAC Invite: Support Eric Richey, Whatcom Co. Prosecuting Attorney, 6/7, 17:30

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jun 01, 2018

    Fellow Firefighters,

    Your Local has chosen to endorse Eric Richey in this race.  Eric has prosecuted those who have attacked cops and firefighters.  His opponent has the gall to, instead, attack our brothers and sisters in Blue.  He suggests they are the reason for the crime we are seeing.  Unfortunate.  Eric will continue to protect our families by being hard on those who commit hard crime.  Yet he is able to think outside of the box in terms of understanding that addiction and mental illness are not crimes and shoud not be treated as such.

    Please join us for an evening with Eric Richey, cand...

  • Ski to Sea Race

    Posted in Public News on May 27, 2018

    Megan Wohlrab, daughter of North Whatcom Firefighter Mark Wohlrab, waves her support sign on the banks of the Nooksack River in Lynden.
    Megan was one of a group of roughly 15 people there cheering on Local 106 in the canoe leg of the 2018 Ski to Sea Race.

  • Presumptive Bill Add-On: Call to Action

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Feb 13, 2018

    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...

  • Help needed TODAY passing Presumptive Coverage in Oly

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Feb 06, 2018

     

    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...

  • Firefighter Jason Karwhite Memorial Scholarship

    Posted in Member News, Public News on Nov 19, 2017

    Bellingham/Whatcom County

    Firefighters Benevolent Foundation

     

    The Firefighter Jason Karwhite Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Bellingham/Tukwila firefighter paramedic Jason Karwhite.

    Jason’s life came to a tragic end on September 27, 2014 as a result of a motorcycle accident, leaving behind his wife Sandy and children Gage & Georgia.

    Like many people, Jason was determined to make the world a better place; his life was characterized by friendship, leadership, and community involvement.

    Jason’s life was dedicated to children, families, education, and public service. His commitment to t...

  • 2017 IAFF 106 General Election Endorsements

    Posted in Public News on Nov 05, 2017

     

    Whatcom County Council

    Buchanan 

    Browne

    Donovan 

    Boonstra

     

    City of Bellingham

    Lilliquist

    Knutson

    Vargas 

    Murphy 

     

    Port of Bellingham

    Michael Shepard

     

    Lynden City Council

    Mark Wohlrab

     

    Fire Protection District 4

    Anna Trenouth

     

    North Whatcom Fire Rescue

    Rich Bosman

     

    45th Legislative District, Senate

    Manka Dhingra

     

    48th Legilslative District,  Senate

    Patty Kuderer

     

     

     

  • IAFF Local 106 2017 General Election Endorsements

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Oct 16, 2017

    Brothers and Sisters,

    "Live from Las Vegas...we roll out this year's final endorsement list.....The envelope, Please"

    In all seriousness, the following candidates have shown an interest in working with your Union in a positive way on issures relating to your hours wages and working conditions.  These folks have worked with us on issues relating to your contracts, your benefits,  or your DRS classification.  Your Poltiical Action Committee  knows your family has many considerations in its basket  for choosing a candidate.  We hope you will consider your job and benefits as a prominant piece of ...