What's happening at IAFF106
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!
2018 General Election Results: L106 made some progress with our elected officials in this election. Thanks to your supporting the Local's PAC efforts, we will have a seat with law makers, be it in D.C., Olympia, or right here in Whatcom Co. We will keep you posted as to how this develops.
WIN: U.S. Senate: Cantwell
WIN: U.S. Congress, 1st District: DelBene
WIN: U.S. Congress, 2nd District: Larsen
Loss...Win?: WA 42nd District Senate Senate: Vargas
WIN: WA 42nd District Representative: Shewmake
WIN: WA 40th District, Representative: Lekanoff
WIN: WA 40th District, Representative: Morris...
Your L106 Leadership understands that each of us has a 'basket of issues' we look at when casting our votes. It may be that Faith guides many of these choices for you. It may be your concerns about the environment. What your leadership does believe is that your labor deserves a voice as well, your hours, wages and working conditions. To those ends, we have done reasearch and interviews to determine who we believe represents these interests best, be it in the North Whatcom Fire Commision, the Port of Bellingham Commission, The U.S. Senate or the Washington State Legislature.
U.S. Senate: ...
Brothers and Sisters,
We are down to 1 month left in this 2018 General Election political season. Considering all of the challenges our Local has, this is actually a great time to make a strong showing for our candidates. We have some events during which we will show we are very relevant to our candidates' victories in November.
I challenge EVERY member of our great Local (yes, YOU) to make just one of the dates below. From BLI to Lynden, Geneva to Blaine and from Birchwood to Fairhaven, This is where the rubber meets the road for making improvements to YOUR hours, wages and working conditi...
Memorial for Neil Carlberg, December 10, 1953 - January 10, 2018
Date: September 29th, 2018
Time: 4 pm - 8pm.
Location: 2758 Barrel Springs RD, Bow WA 98232
This is a private outdoor event space at the corner of Barrel Springs RD/Peace Ln.
There will be signs at the road and hopefully someone to guide people to the parking area.
The address is slightly different to match the sign at the road but there will be other signs to mark the location. There will be overflow parking on Regulus ( 2 streets north of Peace LN, off Barrel Springs) carpooling might be a good idea.
The ground ...
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:
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
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...