August 25, 2016
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Endorsements

Brothers and sisters, with primary election ballots hitting mailboxes statewide I write to remind you that representatives from WSCFF local affiliates convened in Vancouver in June and voted to endorse the following federal and statewide candidates.  Before the 77th Annual WSCFF Convention, your legislative team and District Representatives thoroughly vetted these candidates.  They were selected because their vision and values are in sync with the priorities advanced by the WSCFF and the IAFF. 

Many locals have worked hard to advance specific referendums on local ballots, and have endorsed candidates in local elections.  We urge you to consult with your local leadership about elections in your community.

Remember that our mission is to provide our membership with the best possible working conditions and the safest possible working environment, along with fair compensation and benefits.  Political action is the most potent tool we have to achieve our goals. 

This is an important primary election.  Voters will choose finalists for one U.S. Senate seat, all 10 House seats and all nine statewide offices. Please vote in the upcoming election and encourage your friends and colleagues to do so.  Voters have until August 2 to complete and return their ballots by mail, drop box, or in person.  

Federal

US Senator                                 Patty Murray

1st Congressional District               Suzan DelBene

2nd Congressional District              Rick Larsen

3rd Congressional District              Jim Moeller

6th Congressional District               Derek Kilmer

8th Congressional District               Dave Reichert

9th Congressional District               Adam Smith

10th Congressional District              Denny Heck

Statewide

Governor                                      Jay Inslee

Attorney General                            Bob Ferguson

Insurance Commissioner                  Mike Kreidler

Public Lands Commissioner               Dave Upthegrove

Secretary of State                           Tina Podlodowkski

State Auditor                                  Mark Miloscia

State Treasurer                               Marko Liias

Supt of Public Instruction                  Chris Reykdal

State Supreme Court Pos 1                Mary Yu

State Supreme Court Pos 5                Barbara Madsen

State Supreme Court Pos 6                Charles Wiggins

WSCFF Wildland/Mobilization Committee

Brothers and Sisters,

 

The delegates at the Washington State Council of FIrefighters approved resolution 16-07, Wildland Fire and Mobilization Committee.  The State Council President will be appointing a committee of seven to work on topics including firefighter mobilization, policy, deployment and funding for local, state, and federal government.  Please read the attached letter from President Lawson and contact me if you are interested in submitting your name for this committee.  Thank you.  

 

Craig Becker

President

IAFF Local 2819


Download: Wildland Committee 2016-17.pdf
KFFBF Scholarships

We've opened the application period for two scholarship opportunities today: one for our community members and one for our KFFBF members. Each are $500 awards. To apply, visit www.thewashboard.org and register your account. The deadline for applications is May 30, 2016.  Notification to the winners is anticipated to be June 8, 2016.

The Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund Community Scholarship is open to high school seniors who live in Kitsap County. Other eligibility requirements include:  a minimum 3.0 GPA, a copy of an unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation. Applicants will need to answer a short essay question. 

The Kitsap Firefighters Benevolent Fund Dependents Scholarship is open to dependents of KFFBF members (high school seniors or current college students). Other eligibility requirements include:  a minimum 3.0 GPA, a copy of an unofficial transcript, and one letter of recommendation. Applicants will need to answer a short essay question. 

Dependents of KFFBF members are not eligible to apply for the Community Scholarship.

Good luck!

2016 7th District Scholarship Application Period Opens
The annual 7th District Scholarship application period is now open.  Please see the attachments for the application, student checklist and scholarship policy.  The program is funded by events hosted by IAFF Local affiliates in the Magnificent 7th District.  This year 10 scholarships will be awarded totaling over six thousand dollars.  Good luck to all students as you are the future of the planet. 
Download:
 Scholarship_Application 2016.pdf 
 Check list.pdf 
 Scholarship Policy.pdf 
WSCFF Scholarships 2016

Scholarship Policy

Scholarship Application

Activites worksheet

Application Period:

January 8, 2016  ~ February 28, 2016  March 15, 2016. * This has been corrected.

  • Application packet must be postmarked or personally delivered byFebruary 28, 2016  March 15, 2016. * This has been corrected.

  • Applications postmarked afterFebruary 28, 2016  March 15, 2016. * This has been corrected.will not be considered.

  • Incomplete application packets (those missing any of the above-listed enclosures) will not be considered. We understand that some applicants may not have proof of acceptance at the time of application.  If this applies to you, please submit a list of the schools to which you have applied.  

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application packet – complete with all attachments – has been delivered to the WSCFF office.

Please send completed application and attachments to:

WSCFF Benevolent Fund Scholarship Program
1069 Adams Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Please email the council office helen@wscff for additional information on the WSCFF Scholarship Program or an application in word or excel format.

WSCFF Mini Ed
Our WSCFF 4th district Rep, Dennis Lawson, has scheduled an awesome day of free union leadership training to be held January 4, 2016. The location will be:
Gig Harbor Fire Station 50
10222 Bujacich Rd. NW.  Gig Harbor, WA. 98332.
The agenda is comprehensive and holds several topics.
Agenda:
0900       Introductions
0915       Our New Burn Foundation; Mike Auvil
0930       Cancer Support Network /PIIERS Overview; Eric Monroe
1015       Break
1030       LEOFF 2 Board Death and Disability Ombudsman; Tammy Harmon and Steve Nelson
1130       General Roles and Responsibilities for Officers; Dennis Lawson
1230       Department of Retirement System; Catherine Kadoo
1330       Washington Family Care Act Leave Laws (L & I) Cindy Gaddis
1415       Break
1430       The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Local Leaders (Lesson Learned) IAFF VP Walsh
1530       Good of the order / Adjourn
To reserve your seat, simply RSVP by January 2nd by emailing Dennis.
Dennis has requested each local take a tally of their members and forward it to him by January 2nd. 
So, send your RSVP to Lthornton@iaff2819.org.
Every single one of these classes offers pertinent learning to your success as a union member and potential leader. Please make every effort to attend.

Coats for Kids 2015

Our Kitsap Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund will be conducting its third Coats for Kids outing through Operation Warm this week. This year, we will be distributing 108 coats at View Ridge Elementary School.

This is a terrific initiative that is endorsed by the IAFF as well as being supported by three Kitsap based Rotary Clubs. Please make every effort in attending. These kids light up when they receive a fandiddlytastic, new, made in USA coat fitted by a cool fire fighter.

Here are the specifics:

Meet at Bremerton Fire House No.3, 3033 Olympus Drive at 11:45am.

The procession of fire engines will depart at 12:15pm for View Ridge Elementary, 3250 Spruce Drive.

Coat distribution will begin at 12:30.

If you can make it, please call Tom Stanley at 360-440-4641

Date is This Wednesday the 18th.

IAFF 7th District Mini Ed

October 19, 2015 at 9:00am.

Mark your calendars now. The next IAFF 7th District Mini Ed Conference will be held locally in Lakewood and hosted by Local 1488. These educational conferences are just another way to prepare yourself for challenges that you face as a Union leader and are open to any member interested in taking that next step in Union Participation.

At this time the three subjects to be covered are:

  1.        Reviewing YOUR Contract Language.
  2.        Strategic Planning for Locals
  3.        What is a Grievance?

West Pierce Fire Fighters IAFF 1488
7125 Steilacoom Blvd SW 
Lakewood, WA 98499 

RSVP by emailing VP Ricky Walsh at rwalsh@iaff.org.

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