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  • PAC Report: Aug/Sept. 2018

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Sep 05, 2018

    PAC Report: August 2018

     

    The Blue Wave Approaches…or does it?

     

    The 2018 Primary elections were good for Labor and they indicate that the General should be a wake up call to those who would slam the door on firefighters and other working folks. Here is a re-cap:

    FEDERAL 

    U.S. Senator

    Maria Cantwell, Won primary handily, 55%-25%  

     

    THE IAFF HAS ENDORSED SENATOR CANTWELL... and will continue to do so as she works hard for Labor

    U.S. Representative Congressional District 1

    Suzan DelBe...

  • 2018 IAFF L106 Primary Election Endorsement List

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jul 18, 2018

    Sisters and Brothers,

    Your Political Action Committee (PAC) has met with several would-be candidates over the past few months.  We've had meaningful conversations with these folks regarding your hours, wages and working conditions.  We have looked into candidates' past records of voicing opinions on issues relating to the above and to Labor in general.  Who supports your right to freely organize?  Who believes that presumptive cancer coverage makes sense for firefighters?  Who voted for our PTSD bill last year?  Who supports Union Labor for our next Medic 1 unit?  

    It has been challenging to b...

  • Federal Cancer Registry Bill Clears Final Hurdle: It's a law!

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jul 18, 2018

    Thank you to Congresswoman Suzan DelBene for Co-Sponsoring this bill, and to President Trump for signing the bill.  Let's hope this can help health officials determine how to minimize firefighter deaths due to cancer.

     

    Summary: H.R.931 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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    There are 3 summaries for H.R.931.                       Passed House amended (09/12/2017)Reported to House with amendment(s) (09/08/2017)Introduced in House (02/07/2017)                    

     Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

    Shown Here:
    Passed House amended (09/12/2017)

    Firefighter...

  • 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...