Last week, your elected CAL FIRE Local 2881 representatives attended the 54th IAFF Convention in Seattle, WA. Th
e delegates worked together on passi
or rejecting resolutions that will benefit you, our members. While those in attendance came from around the country and Canada, they all came together for one common goal: to improve wages, benefits and wo
rking conditions for firefighters.
Some of the
highlights from last week incl
uded a video during opening ceremony that showcased the long history of the IAFF and the great achievements obtained by the IAFF with support from its affiliates and over 313,000 members.
The delegates also heard from General President Harold Schaitberger. He commended everyone on the great work that has been done to advance the conditions of firefighters and reminded everyone that they must continue working hard to ensure the IAFF remains strong and a true trade union.
Of the 55 Resolutions discussed and voted on, a few were especially important to us:
- Resolution 38 - Disaster Relief: This fund has helped provide immediate financial relief to our members in the past during disasters and is currently helping our members in Shasta County.
- Resolution 40 - Support of Cancer Research: This will ensure support for cancer research and will focus research on cancers where there is evidence that firefighters have higher occurrence rates.
- Resolution 49 - Open A Behavioral Health Center In California: Local 2881 pushed hard for this resolution because this is not only important to our membership but all locals on the West Coast due to the number of firefighter personnel.
Some of the cost factor Resolutions that passed included the COLA and operating reserve fund increases. Additionally, i
n order for us to continue to be politically strong, increases to the FIREPAC were supported.