Keep the Fire Burning for Justice
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Professional Fire Fighters:
Also, the Seattle Chapter: http://www.sbffa.org/
PURPOSE & AIMS: To create a liaison between our
Black Brothers and Sisters throughout the globe, to collect and evaluate data
on all deleterious conditions incumbent in all areas where minorities exist,
and to compile information concerning the injustices that exist in the
application of working conditions in the Fire Service, and implement action to
correct them. To promote interracial progress throughout the Fire Service, and
to see that competent Blacks are recruited and employed as fire fighters, where
ever they reside, and to aid in motivating our Black Brothers and Sisters to
seek advancement to elevated ranks throughout the Fire Service.
Kelly Fox Elected IAFF 7th District Vice President
Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) President Kelly Fox has been elected IAFF 7th District Vice President, completing the unexpired term of Ricky Walsh. He was officially sworn in February 7 in Florida just prior to the IAFF Executive Board meeting.
Nominations for the 7th District Vice President position ended at midnight Wednesday, January 6. Nominations were received for Fox and Boise, ID Local 149 President Gregory Womack. The voting closed January 29 and ballots were counted on February 1, with Fox receiving 6,391 votes and Womack 1,701 votes.
"On behalf of General Secretary-Treasurer Tom Miller and the IAFF Executive Board, I want to congratulate Kelly Fox on his new position as IAFF 7th District Vice President," says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. "We look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together on behalf of the 300,000 members of this great union."
"I am truly honored to represent the interests of the members in all four states in the 7th District," says Fox. "I stand ready to continue to provide a high-level of service, education and training opportunities and service models that have been beneficial to our members and I look forward to supporting the International and its programs."
Inspired by a friend who was already in the fire service, Fox joined the Olympia Fire Department and Local 468 in 1982.
He quickly developed a passion for the fire service and the labor movement and wanted to do more on behalf of his brothers and sisters. In 1985, he was elected president of Local 468 and to his first WSCFF Executive Board position in 1990.
Just six years later, Fox was elected WSCFF president, a position he has held for nearly 20 years. During his tenure, Fox has worked with his members to improve retiree medical benefits, protect member pensions and lobby to pass important legislation such as comprehensive presumption for heart, cancer and infectious disease.
Fox has great support from his family, especially his wife, Donna, and his son Dillon Fox (a member of Tacoma, WA Local 31) and stepson Connor Waite (a member of Northwest Valley, AZ Local 4361). Fox also has six siblings, one of whom is also a fire fighter. Jason Fox is a member of Maple Valley, WA Local 3062.
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.
Application Available Here
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WA Post: D.C. settles long-running dispute with firefighters to pay overtime
By Ann E. Marimow
The District has settled a long-running lawsuit with city firefighters, agreeing to pay an estimated $45 million in back pay for overtime.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed off on the agreement Saturday with the head of the D.C. firefighters union.
The agreement covers more than 3,000 firefighters, according to the union president, and will award backpay dating to 2001. Beginning this month, the city also will pay time- and-a-half for those working more than 42 hours in a week.
"We have resolved overtime pay issues for the past, present, and future," Bowser said in a statement. "This settlement helps ensure that the hard-working men and women at DCFEMS are paid for the overtime that they have already worked and earned."
The agreement ends a 14-year dispute between the city and the DC Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 36, which represents firefighters and emergency services personnel. The cost is expected to be covered through surplus revenue already set aside in the city's budget.
Union president Ed Smith thanked Bowser in a statement and said the settlement "means the world to the men and women who serve the District residents every day and night."
Full Article Here.
Brothers and Sisters,
Local 27 is fully engaged in the political process to protect and support you, your family, and public safety. Our American democratic process relies on citizens and organizations for elections and for governance. Local 27 informs and supports candidates and elected officials on all issues related to fire fighters and public safety including: health and safety, training, equipment, department policies, compensation, benefits, retirement, staffing, response times, service levels, hazards, etc.
Local 27, the WSCFF, and the IAFF rely on your voluntary financial contributions to fund these efforts.
Many members already do their part and contribute, but many still do not.
If you have not yet signed up for the Local 27 SAFEPAC or the WSCFF Fastpac, or the IAFF Firepac, please follow the link below to get started now. Thank you.
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