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  • PAC Report: 2019 Legislative Wrap Up

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Sep 03, 2019

    PAC Report:  2019 Legislative Wrap Up

    My apologies for the late legislative report.  Your Leadership has all been quite busy in local political action since the moment we left the Capital.  We had a successful year in Olympia.  As labor-friendly Democrats took control of the House AND the Senate, working folks had a banner year…and we firefighters led the charge.

     

     House Bill 1913 : Presumptive Coverage Expansion

    Long a friend and supporter of Washington’s Union fire fighters, Governor Jay Inslee signed HB1913 into law this spring.  It expands presumptive coverage for cancer related to the oc...

  • PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Aug 01, 2019

    Your Whatcom Co. Primary Ballots should have been delivered to your home.  If it has not, PLEASE contact the Whatcom Co. Auditor.  L106 has done much research and many interviews to come up with a slate that we believe best represents your hours, wages and working conditions.  We will have more interviews and research on other candidates before the General Election.  I invite you to take part in these activities.  Plese lmk if that's you.  In the meanwhile, LMK if you have questions about candidates in the races other than those in which we've endorsed.

    In Solidarity,

    Colin Lowin

     

     

    CITY OF B...

  • Hollie Huthman for COB Council Rock/Beer Event on 8/1

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jul 30, 2019

    Fellow IAFF members,

    Here's the info for the event next Thursday. Participating State St. businesses will have fundraising specials starting at 4:00, and then the FREE show with my band (Dryland) and Stereo Donkey (surf rock, featuring Hiro from early Soundgarden) will start at 7:30. 

    This is a test to make people aware that there's an election, get people voting, and even possibly register some folks (we'll have tables at most businesses)! I think we'll do more unique stuff like this over the next few months. 

     

    Firefighters that are free that night are invited.  

     

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  • Your L106 2019 Primary Election Endorsements

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jul 18, 2019

    Your Whatcom Co. Primary Ballots should be arriving in the U.S. Mail over the next two days.  L106 has done much research and many interviews to come up with a slate that we believe best represents your hours, wages and working conditions.  We will have more interviews and research on other candidates before the General Election.  I invite you to take part in these activities.  Plese lmk if that's you.  

    In Solidarity,

    Colin Lowin

     

     

    CITY OF BELLINGHAM MAYOR

    Garret O'Brien

     

    40TH DISTRICT SENATOR

    Carrie Blackwood

     

    BELLINGHAM CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE

    Hollie Huthman

     

     

    WHATCOM CO. COUNCIL AT LAR...

  • Garret O'Brien: Meet and Greet, June 26

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jun 10, 2019

    'Come Meet your next Bellingham Mayor, Garret O'Brien!  Have a pint with our endorsed candidate as you get to know him a bit.  Beers on your Local.  June 26th, 17:00-18:30, Twin Sisters Brewing, 2300 Block, Grant St, B'ham.'

  • Local 106 Endorsese Garret O'Brien for Bellingham Mayor

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Jun 07, 2019

    On 6/6/2019, After much deliberation, your IAFF L106 Executive Board endorsed Garret O'Brien for City of Bellingham Mayor.  More information forthcoming...

  • Firefighters for Joe Biden! Yes, but Why? PLEASE read note from IAFF General President Harold Shaitberger

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Apr 29, 2019

    It is your union's job to represent you on the issues that have a profound effect on your career - health and safety, wages, benefits and working conditions. It is not a duty we take lightly and not one we will not shy away from. Because whether we like it or not, every single decision that affects you, your career and the ability to provide for your family is made by a politician or someone who is appointed by a politician. With that in mind, it is important that you have a union that fights hard on your behalf in the political process.

    Many of you may not like us being involved in politics o...

  • PAC Report: March, 2019

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Mar 07, 2019

    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.

     

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    Washington State:  In case you didn’t get this recent news from the ...

  • LEOFF 1 AND LEOFF 2 MERGER?

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Mar 06, 2019

    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...

  • Breaking News: House Passes FF Presumptive Coverage Bill, 90-5...onto the Senate

    Posted in Political Action, Public News on Mar 01, 2019

    Presumptive Disease Coverage

    BACKGROUND

    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...