July 4, 2016  Twenty-Third Edition



4th of July is a day to rejoice, be proud and salute all those brave warriors who fought for the freedom of our country. No amount of appreciation will be enough to describe their efforts. Have a great 4th of July.
 
NBC News, 6/28/2016

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to rehear a challenge to the power of public sector unions.

Without comment, the court issued a one-line order saying it would not put the case back on the docket for next term.

In March, the court reached a 4-4 tie in a case brought by a group of California teachers.  They challenged the requirement that public employees who don't want to join a union must still pay a share of union dues, to cover the cost of negotiation contracts. 

The tie vote left a lower court ruling, in favor of the unions, in place. The outcome was a big boost for unions representing millions of the nation's public employees -- teachers, firefighters, nurses and police -- in nearly half the states.

The challengers seemed certain to win when the case was argued in January, bu the death a month later of Justice Antonin Scalia removed the likely fifth vote they needed in order to prevail. 

By seeking rehearing, the challenges were hoping the court would take up the issue again next term after a ninth justice was confirmed. But the Supreme Court almost never grants requests to hear a case again.


IN THE NEWS
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FIREFIGHTERS URGE PUBLIC TO BE SAFE WITH FIREWORKS AHEAD OF JULY 4TH
FOX 40, 6/21/2016

Bright signs around Sacramento are a reminder Fourth of July is upon us.
"All around my neighborhood all my neighbors they enjoy them," said Frank Hernandez.
The temporary fireworks stands are up and people are getting excited.

"You can see the ones they blast off in the sky at public events, but it's fun to do some of your own too. But when you do, of course, you have to be very careful," said Don Zorechak.  READ FULL STORY

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CALIF. WILDFIRE UPDATE: 9 MAJOR FIRES, 4,100 FIREFIGHTERS
TEMECULA PATCH, 7/1/2016

As firefighting season rages on, more than 4,100 firefighters were assigned to nine large wildfires in California on Friday, Cal Fire reported.

"Northern California will continue to see hot and dry weather today with a slight cooling trend this weekend," Cal Fire Spokeswoman Lynnette Round said of the day's outlook. "In Southern California, normal temperatures are anticipated throughout the weekend."  READ FULL STORY

DID YOU  KNOW?

That CAL FIRE Local 288 1 is bringing a Wildfire and WUI resolution to the IAFF Convention:

Wildfire and WUI Research and Education collaboration. Click here to read the resolution.

That retired members have get to-gethers? 

Click here for this years schedule. 



CalPERS Releases Annual Reports Highlighting California Investments
 
The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) today released its annual  CalPERS for California
 (PDF) report, detailing the broad ancillary benefits the System's investments generated in California for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year. Additionally, CalPERS released an updated version of the  CalPERS California Initiative  (PDF) report, highlighting a program that encourages investments in companies located in traditionally underserved California markets. Continue reading..


UPCOMING EVENTS

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
JULY 12 - 14

IAFF Convention
AUGUST 15 - 19

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
SEPTEMBER 6 - 8

IAFF MEMORIAL
SEPTEMBER 17

NATIONAL FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL
October 8 - 9

CALIFORNIA PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL
October 15

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CDF Firefighters
Benevolent Fund
We provide funds for immediate life sustaining assistance to firefighters and their families who have suffered debilitating injury or loss of life.

Fore more information or to donate visit our website.
UPCOMING EVENTS:

4th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament
October 13



CAL FIRE Local 2881
No One Left Behind
Proceeds support the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

For more information visit our website

UPCOMING EVENTS:

October 20 @ 11 am
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