Pac Report: March 2019
Brothers and Sisters.
This has been a most politically active 'off-season’. Your Local is engaging government leaders on your behalf at the Federal, State and Local level in order to improve hours, wages and working conditions for Union Firefighters. This report will focus on State and Local activities as we will be heading to D.C. later this week.
Washington State: In case you didn’t get this recent news from the ...
This just in..in case you don't get WSCFF news. There is a proposal in the Washington State Legislature to merge the LEOFF Plan 1 and LEOFF Plan 2. The WSCFF is monitoring the situation and will keep you informed. At this time, no action is being requested.
Why is this important? You may know, there is somewhat of a LEOFF 1 surplus. That is to say, there is more money in the LEOFF 1 Pension fund than will be used to pay for all of the benefits, including into the future, for LEOFF 1 members. The law states that this money can ONLY be used for benefits and pensions of LEOFF 1 members. T...
Presumptive Disease Coverage
Studies have detailed that firefighters experience much higher rates of occupational diseases (including cancers, respiratory and cardiac diseases) than the general public.
In recognition of this occupational hazard, the WA legislature granted fire fighters a rebuttable presumption in 1987 and has since expanded covered conditions based on new evidence, that these occupational diseases are on-the-job injuries. There is now a list covered diseases.
Women fire fighters, specifically, are an underrepresented population and have lagged in receiving app...
From the WSCFF
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...
PAC Report Jan/Feb, 2019
Brothers and Sisters,
Brothers Pethick, Glorioso and I had the honor of representing Local 106, along with hundreds of other Union brothers and sisters from around the state, in Olympia on January 28-30. We were there to speak with our elected officials about ways to improve firefighter working conditions.
Fortunately, we were able to meet with newly elected Representatives Lekanoff from the 40th and Shewmake from the 42nd, as well as Representative VanWerven from the 42nd. Senator Ericksen declined to make time to meet us. Senator Ranker had just stepped down from...
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: ...