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  • 2020 Primary Election Endorsements

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jul 16, 2020

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                             2020 Primary Election Endorsements 

                      Bellingham/Whatcom Co. Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 106

     

    U.S. CONGRESS

    DISTRICT 1: DelBene 

    DISTRICT 2: Larsen

     

    WA GOVERNOR: Inslee

     

    WA LEGISLATURE

    40TH DISTRICT, SENATE: Lovelett

     40TH DISTRICT, HOUSE, POSITION 2: Ramel

    42ND DISTRICT, POSITION : Rule 

    42ND DISTRICT, POSITION 2: Shewmake

  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Dr. Martin Luther King

    Posted in Member News, Public News on Jun 18, 2020

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Dr. Martin Luther King

    As a young person growing up, the teachings of Dr. King had a major influence on my life. Dr. King was an unparalleled leader in a tumultuous time in American history leading the way for the civil rights of Black Americans at a time when racism was even more insidious and overt. Dr. King spoke not only against racial inequality but for all forms of social injustice. Most importantly, Dr. King promoted non-violent methods of protest to get his message of freedom...

  • Why Biden...Part II

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jun 04, 2020

    So What Have You Done For Me Lately???

    Joe has been: 

    Providing for Families of the Fallen

    • Early in his Senate career, Biden championed the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) program, which provides death benefits to the families of fallen fire fighters.
    • Later, Biden introduced and passed legislation to increase PSOB benefits from $150,000 to $250,000, and indexed it to inflation so the benefit is now $340,000.
    • Biden supported and helped enact legislation extending PSOB benefits to fire department chaplains and individuals named in fire fighters’ wills.
    • When the Department of Ju...

  • BWCFFBF 2020 Senior Scholarships

    Posted in Public News on May 21, 2020

    The BWCFFBF (Bellingham-Whatcom County Firefighters Benevolent Foundation was able to award $5000 in scholarships to local Whatcom County High School Graduating Seniors this year!! The seven students were selected from 13 applicants. Two of the students are children of L106 members.

    Here are the students and amounts they will be receiving:

    Kali Cook  (Matt Cook L-106)  $900   Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Jensen Kintzele  (Rob Kintzele L-106)  $900  Statistics /Systems Analyst degree with minor in Leadership 

    Quentin Icay  $700    Fire Science

    Jocelyn Tovar  $700  EMT/Paramedic/RN

    Makenzie Fl...

  • Want to BE the Change in your Democracy? File as a PCO Candidate...(now)

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on May 11, 2020

    IF you consider yourself supportive of one of the two largest political parties, or if you are already politically active within one such party, you may consider running as a Precinct Caucus Officer (PCO).  This position is a 'neighborhood' job in which you represent your neighbors at the lowest political level, the 'precinct', deciding Party platforms and voting within the structure of that political party at the state level, and maybe even the National Level (read: Democrat or Republican National Convention).   I am the Democrat PCO for my neighborhood, the 216th precinct.  There are Republi...

  • Alcoa Plant Closure: Petition to The President

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on May 07, 2020

     

    Brothers and Sisters,

    The economic impact of Alcoa closing its Italco aluminum smelter this June will be devestating for Whatcom County.  It means a loss of over 700 family wage union jobs.  It will also mean handing over one more large aspect of infracsture overseas and once again putting our country in a challenging spot when it comes to providing ourselves needed resources.

    Senators Murray and Cantwell, as well and Congress Members Larsen and DelBene are working on a higher level to mimimize the impact this could have.  You can do somethingm, too:  Please take action using the following a...

  • Joe Biden: WHY is my Union Endorsing??!!

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Mar 06, 2020

    Joe’s Record of Support for Fire Fighters

    As president, Joe Biden will continue to stand up for working families and public safety, just as he has throughout his political career. He will be a leader on issues that give fire fighters a voice on protecting their community.

    We know this because Joe has been with fire fighters - personally and publicly – since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate. His record on the issues important to public safety and to our members is clear - he has had and always will have our back.

    Joe’s record speaks for itself.

    • In an effort to give fire fighters and ot...

  • 2019 General Election Recap: Local 106 Crushes It!

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Dec 20, 2019

    Your Local Assisted our Endorsed Candidates in Winning 11/12 races:  92%, fellow firefighters...not bad at all.

    We will speak directly with these officials when we have areas of concern.  We have their ears.  Thank you for your allowing the resources to make this happen.

     

    40th District Senate: Lovelett: Win!

    Bellingham Mayor: Fleetwood: Win!

    Whatcom Co. Executive: Sidhu Bellingham Council, Ward 1: Stone: Win!

    Bellingham Council, Ward 5: Anderson: Win!

    Bellingham Council, At Large: Huthman: Win!

    Whatcom Co. Sheriff: Elfo: Win!

    Whatcom County Council, At Large: Frazey: Win!

    Port of Bellingham C...

  • So-Called 'Cadillac Tax' on Your Health Insurance KILLED

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Dec 20, 2019

    After years of delays and indecision, Congress has finally acted to stand up for hardworking Americans, do what is right and repeal the employer-provided health insurance tax, more commonly referred to as the Cadillac Tax.

    “The Cadillac Tax is finally dead, and along with it one of the IAFF’s most important legislative priorities has been realized,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “Employer-provided healthcare is part of this union’s foundation and we will continue in our fight to protect it at every opportunity, whether it be a tax or an attack that attempts to take it away comple...

  • Guess which state has the strongest unions?

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Nov 04, 2019

     

     

    Guess which state has the strongest unions?

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    New national analysis finds Washington’s unions are strongest… and growing 

    (Nov. 4, 2019) — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC) has long proclaimed Washington to be a “Union State.” That’s because of its high union membership rate, its groundbreaking contracts, and the state’s long history of dynamic collective action for improved labor standards — from our minimum wage, to our paid sick and family leave, to our strong safety nets for injured and laid-off workers — ...