Brothers, Sister, Families and Friends,
I look back this year on our accomplishments for our union and can't stop to think about all that took place. Our contract in which we ratified in the early spring was a major accomplishment, SB 334 (EIDL) protects our members when injured, Battalion Chiefs List reinstatement and settlement of work hours at the CAL FIRE Academy just to list a few.
I can't be more proud of our executive board, district and chapter officers, members, families, friends, department personnel and our local government cooperators for all the sacrifices everyone has made for the citizens we protect.
With all the hard work, it did not come without many sacrifices from our families, CAL FIRE Local 2881 and California Association of Highway Patrolmen lost two very dedicated members protecting the citizens of California just this month. We also lost members to job related injuries consisting of cancer, PTSI and other medical illnesses that are directly related to our work.
All left loving families for the greater good of our communities. As we open this next year's chapter, please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.
As we look into 2018, there will be many more challenges CAL FIRE Local 2881 will face. Let's work collectively to solve these issues.
I look forward to seeing many of you at this year's convention in Sacramento to set our union priorities. May you and your family be blessed with Health, Happiness and Prosperity throughout the coming year!
CAL FIRE Local 2881