PAC Report: April 2018
Federal: Firefighter Issues Your Local worked on in D.C. The weekend following our March B’ham Unit meeting, President Glorioso and I spent two days educating members of the 2018 U.S. Congress about issues affecting firefighters around the country. We were warmly greeted by the offices of Congressman Rick Larsen, Congresswoman DelBene, Senators Cantwell and Murray. Below are some of the specifics (info pulled from IAFF). Like much worthwhile legislation, some issues take years to accomplish.
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Brothers and Sisters,
President Glorioso wrote an expanded letter to legisltors regarding the Presumptive bill. Though I would not expect any member to put the amount of time into his/her own letter, it is a shining example of the 'power of the pen'.
First, I would like to express our gratitude for further evaluating the merits of particular cancers being added to current Presumptive Disease legislation. The work of our past legislators and those who are tasked with the betterment of this legislation are doing the good work of taking care of those who make a career of taking...
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...
PAC Report: January, 2017
Local: Members Mark Wholrab and Sister Trenouth (Arlington Fire) will start their new positions as City Council and Fire Commissioner, respectively. Good luck and thanks for stepping up.
Mike McAuley, a friend of firefighters who had put his name in to run against Doug Erikson for Senator of Washington's 42nd Legislative District has chosen to pull his name from the race. When I spoke with Mike after his decision, he said he felt he could make more of an impact as activist citizen in the district. He also said that he was not closed off to a run in the futu...
Local 106 Brothers and Sisters,
As you may recall my reporting, legislation to reauthorize the FIRE and SAFER grant programs passed the U.S. Senate months ago, but the U.S. House has failed to act, despite many opportunities.
Unless the U.S. House of Representatives acts soon, the FIRE and SAFER grant programs will be abolished on January 2 -- in less than one month. It is critical that these essential programs are reauthorized NOW!
House Republican leadership promised we IAFF fire fighters they would get the job done. It's time to live up to their word. In less than two legislative weeks, Co...
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...
Posted in Public News on Nov 05, 2017
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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 ...