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...
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)
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...
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.
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...