Political Action

  • 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.

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    Passed House amended (09/12/2017)

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  • 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.

  • PAC Report: April 2018

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on May 02, 2018

    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.

    Federal Collective Bargaining

    'Fire and police departments benefit from 

  • PAC Report: March 2018

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Mar 02, 2018

    PAC Report: March 2018

     

    Washington State Legislature:  This has been a tremendous year for Union Firefighters in Olympia.  Due to our statewide political action work, there is a labor friendly House of Representatives, Senate and Governor.  As such, we made some progress this year.  I would like to thank those of you who wrote letters and went to Olympia on behalf of the WSCFF to educate our legislature on our issues.  We were heard. 

    Below are the bills we focused on.  SB stands for Senate Bill and HB for House Bill.  Though I show only the SB or HB, it takes both houses to pass a bill.

     

    SB...

  • Presumptive Bill Add-On: Call to Action, EXAMPLE

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Feb 13, 2018

    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'.

    Dear Legislators,

    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...

  • 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...