Seattle Fire Fighters Union, IAFF Local 27

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SFP&D 9/11 Remembrance Event

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LODD Firefighter/Paramedic Shane Clifton, August 31, 2015

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Firefighter/Paramedic Shane Clifton of IAFF Local 21 - Saint Paul, Minnesota. Brother Clifton, 38, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015 from a heart attack. The Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 1669 Arcade Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106, (651) 774-5954. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the same location. Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 21, 974 7th Street, W., Saint Paul, MN 55102-3557 or emailed to

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The Boston Globe: Tom Brady has more rights than most American workers

By Evan Horowitz GLOBE STAFF AUGUST 31, 2015

Tom Brady is different from most Americans, and not just because he's a better football player. He also has the rare ability to take his boss to court when he thinks he's being punished unfairly.

As Team Goodell and Team Brady square off in court again Monday - as part of Brady's ongoing legal challenge to the four-game suspension he received from National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell after the league's "deflategate" investigation - it's worth remembering that the only reason Brady has been able to press his case this far is because he's in a union, which affords him lots of additional workplace rights.

The vast majority of American workers aren't union members. They're "at-will" employees, with no legal right to be treated fairly at work. In fact, most Americans can be punished, even fired, for being too attractive, or too short, or having the wrong politics - or for no reason at all.

Don't employers need a good reason to fire people?

If you're in a union, then the answer is yes. Generally speaking, union workers can be fired only for "just cause," so there has to be a good reason.

But nonunionized, at-will workers can be fired for bad reasons, or no reason at all.

That doesn't mean there are no limits on when at-will workers can be let go. Discrimination is illegal, so you can't be fired because of your race, nationality, age, sex, or disability status. Also, there are some protections for whistleblowers, union organizing, and workers who are engaged in public activities, such as jury duty or filing workers comp.

But that still means workers can be fired for all manner of things that they do at work, or even at home. Here's a short list of reasons you can be fired, put together by Brooklyn College Professor Corey Robin: "not smiling at work, smiling too much; not being friendly to my coworkers, being too friendly; demonstrating insufficient initiative, not being a team player; kowtowing to management, being insubordinate; being a leader, being a follower; braiding my hair in corn rows, wearing it straight; wearing long pants, wearing short pants; sporting an earring, refusing to do so; having a beard, shaving it off; fingernails too long, fingernails too short."

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2015 Fall Third Rail Newletter

The Fall Edition of the Third Rail Newsletter is now available in the Document Library.

Featured articles include:

"Donnie Chin Remembered", "Six Full Response in Six Hours!" and more!

Read It Now!


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KIRO TV: Help for FF that Money Can't Buy

By Essex Porter

The heat, the danger, the pressure, they all take a toll. Now Seattle is sending a new team of firefighters, not to battle the flames, but to take care of their colleagues.
Firefighters in Washington State are in the middle of what is shaping up to be a long, exhausting summer.

“This is an unprecedented cataclysm in our state. There are 390,000 acres burning, last year was bad with 250,000 acres,” Gov. Jay Inslee told reporters at a news conference in Chelan.

Some 3,000 firefighters are on the lines and the governor says they will be getting more help from out of state and overseas,

But with long deployments taking their toll and grief over the three firefighters who were killed, commanders in Okanagan have asked the Seattle Fire Department to send four members from its Critical Incident Stress Management Team.

The head of Seattle's Firefighter Union says they are peer counselors who can speak firefighter to firefighter.

“We want to make sure that their health, their emotional well-being is taken care of so they can continue to protect the public,” Stuart said.

Firefighting costs are expected to run in the tens of millions of dollars.

The head of the U.S. Forest Service says he'll exceed his budget by the end of the month.

“That does not have any effect on the job that we're doing out here to work with our partners to be able to suppress these fires.”

There are 16 Seattle firefighters deployed right now, and Stuart just wants to be sure they and all the other firefighters have the resources they need to stay safe.

“We want to make sure that firefighters are always kept safe, that the number of firefighters, our staffing our resources and our equipment are always at their highest level so we avoid fatalities we avoid injuries whenever possible.

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KOMO News: Okanogan wildfire is now largest in state history

OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters from as far as Australia and New Zealand have arrived in the West as massive wildfires raging in Washington state and elsewhere in the region taxed resources and led officials to put out a wide call for help.

In Washington, a series of fires raging in the north-central part of the state that earlier killed three firefighters has now grown to become the largest in state history, fire spokesman Rick Isaacson said Monday.

The lightning-caused Okanogan Complex of fires were measured overnight at just over 400 square miles. That's slightly more than last year's Carlton Complex blazes, which also were sparked by lightning and burned in Okanogan County.

"I'd like to set some different records," Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Monday.

Last year's fires were grouped closer together and destroyed some 300 homes, Rogers said. This year, wildfires are burning across the large county and officials have no idea how many homes have burned.

The Okanogan Complex of fires grew by more than 26 square miles Sunday and is expected to spread even more in coming days.

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Kiro TV: Firefighters rescue 2 dogs from burning home

SEATTLE - Fire investigators are working to find out what ignited a fire at a home in which two dogs were rescued overnight.
The fire started around 11 p.m. Wednesday in a backyard in Seward Park.
The flames quickly shot up the back of the house and spread into the attic.
One witness said they could hear a boom from a block away.
"It sounded like a big firework went off. We looked over here and there were just big clouds of smoke and it looked like a house fire," said witness Jeffrey Owen.
The residents weren't home, but two dogs were trapped. After the rescue, firefighters reunited the owners with their pets.
Fire officials say the damage is too extensive for the residents to move back in.

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Are you doing your part?

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.

Kenny Stuart
Seattle Fire Fighters Union
IAFF Local 27


Local 27 Political Action Volunteer Form


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