2020 Primary Election Endorsements
Bellingham/Whatcom Co. Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 106
DISTRICT 1: DelBene
DISTRICT 2: Larsen
WA GOVERNOR: Inslee
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
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...
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
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...
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’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...
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...
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...
(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 — ...