June 20, 2016  Twenty-Second Edition



Brothers and Sisters,
 
You may have seen today the AFL-CIO announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president.
 
To avoid any confusion, we want to make sure our leaders and members know that the IAFF abstained from this vote and our union has not made an endorsement in the 2016 presidential campaign at this point .
 
As we made clear in our previous communications, your Executive Board has been engaged in a detailed and deliberate process to evaluate candidates -- where they stand on our issues and where our members are at this point in the campaign. The Executive Board met again earlier this month and discussed the presidential endorsement once again, and we again determined that we are going to let the process continue to play out and not step into that arena.
 
For a detailed explanation of our internal endorsement procedure and focus, I encourage you to take a look at my column in the latest edition of our Fire Fighter Quarterly magazine.
 
Just as our union continues to go through our paces on this issue, a number of unions in the AFL-CIO have completed their processes, endorsed Hillary Clinton and now have garnered enough votes on the General Board of the AFL-CIO to get the Federation's endorsement of Secretary Clinton based on their belief that she is a stronger candidate for working families on the basket of issues that are important to their unions.
 
While we respect that those unions have their own process -- and we honor their right to make their own decisions on their members' behalf on endorsements, we also demand that they must respect our union and our decision this far to not weigh in on the presidential race.
 
Looking ahead, we will continue to evaluate the candidates and educate our members on our basket of issues, the Executive Board will continue to discuss when and if we will weigh in and we will continue to listen to our members.
 
We encourage you to place a serious priority on these core IAFF issues as you make your voting decisions going forward because we need elected officials in office who have our back, and to get those leaders in office, we need to support them at the ballot box when the time comes.
 
Beyond the White House, in this election cycle there are also 34 U.S. Senate seats and all 435 House seats up for re-election, along with 12 governors' races, dozens of state legislative body elections and scores of municipal and local offices on the ballot. We are actively working and engaged with local and state affiliates to support candidates who support our issues at all levels of government.
 
In the meantime, we will continue to update you as the election campaign progresses.

Stay informed, and stay safe.
 
Fraternally,

Harold A. Schaitberger
General President 


SPRING 2016 FIREFIGHTER QUARTERLY MAGAZINE



Read the IAFF's latest issue of  Fire Fighter Quarterly! Features include:

* On the ground in Fort McMurray (p. 26)
* Fire Ground Survival training coming to a department near you (p. 10)
* Advances and resources for protecting our members against cancer (p.     16) 
* Responding to emergencies involving renewable energy sources (p. 19) 
* Preparing for and living in retirement (p. 34)

Want to catch up on previous issues? Well you can,  click here!

IN THE NEWS
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STOCKTON FIREFIGHTERS' MEMORIAL VANDALIZED
CBS SACRAMETNO, 6/15/2016


The memorial of two Fallen Stockton firefighters is shining again tonight after it was vandalized Monday. And firefighters had to assemble a "strike team" to clean it up.
"It reaps at the very core of who we are as first responders," said Ken Johnson, a Stockton Fire Department division chief. 
Johnson saw this firefighter memorial go up in 1997 in honor of two firefighters who perished while trying to save an elderly woman trapped in her burning home.  READ FULL STORY

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DANGEROUS FIRES, EXTREME HEAT ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
L.A. TIMES, 6/20/2016

A massive heat wave descended on Southern California on Sunday, bringing record-breaking temperatures and fueling fires throughout the region, including one in Silver Lake that threatened homes and forced the closure of the 2 Freeway for several hours.

Temperatures hit triple-digits in several valley and inland area cities, including 106 degrees in Pasadena and Lancaster, sending residents to air-conditioned shops and movie theaters as fire officials kept a wary eye on the forecast, worried that dry, gusty winds would make already-ripe fire conditions more dangerous.   READ FULL STORY

DID YOU  KNOW?

That CAL FIRE Local 288 1 has new retired members? Please welcome:

Martin Gill, RRU
Christopher Phillips, RRU
Ana Hernandez, RRU
Scott Ernest, CZU
Thomas Fischer, TCU

That Districts 4 & 5 have new Vice Presidents? Let's welcome:

Mike Morlan, District 4 V.P.
Chuck Carroll, District 5 V.P.

That retired members have get to-gethers? 

Click here for this years schedule. 



CalPERS recently launched a new website with up-to-date information and resources for members, employers and stakeholders.
 
Visit their website to sign up for the subscriptions your are interested in receiving. Go to www.calpers.ca.gov and scroll down to "Subscribe", to sign up for board meeting notices, new releases, member education bulletins and more. 

Cal PERS active or retirees can also update their mailing prefences by logging in to their my│CalPERS account at my.calpers.ca.gov.


RETIREE  INFORMATION

CalPERS has issued an update on the Retiree Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA).

Click here  to review the COLA document.


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

For the full even calendar:



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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