SIXTY-THIRD EDITION

April 17, 2018

Brothers and Sisters:

Over the last couple of years there has been a substantial increase in the verified need to use Union Release Time. Union Release Time is used for a multitude of reasons including negotiations, grievance representation, disciplinary actions and funerals.
The negotiation process usurped a vast amount of the release time bank due to attending meetings with CALHR and the legisla-ture. The L2881 Fire Fighters in Crisis Rally held at the State Capital used release time to remind legislators of the need for a contract.

It is unfortunate over the last few years the Department has taken a more drastic approach with disciplinary actions, causing the need to use release time to represent our members. Contract violations are occurring more frequently, creating more time spent defending our contract.

Union release time is also used in support of district and chapter issues, such as attacks on staffing levels and other local issues which has kept our union officers busy.
And furthermore, there has been an increase in usage due to the sudden and unexpected deaths of our brothers and sisters from job related illness and injuries. CAL FIRE Local 2881 Honor Guard has been performing non-stop to ensure our members re-ceive the honor they deserve during their memorials.

Did you know, you can donate to the Release Time Bank to further support all of the services listed above. Vacation, Annual Leave, Holidays, PLP's and CTO time can be donated in one day increments.

Please go to:
and download the form to start the donation process. Please remember to print and attach the form to your timesheet (E-Pay) and email a copy to  jserrano@L2881.org  at Union Headquarters.

Stay the Course,



Tim Edwards
State Rank and File Director



CAL FIRE Local 2881 proudly endorses Fire Captain Jeff Griffith
for State Senate.
  

Click  here  to read President Mike Lopez's endorsement letter.


IN THE NEWS
WTRF, 4/27/2018

Both locally and nationally, firefighters seem to have a higher risk of cancer than the rest of the population.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has authored a bill to establish a voluntary cancer registry that would require the CDC to collect data on the incidence of cancer among firefighters.
The bipartisan bill has passed out of committee and is now up for a full vote by the Senate.

US Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio said, "So we want to gather data from the chemicals we know are in fires that are burning  and what kind of illnesses firefighters have, cancer and other things. And really understand it better that doctors and other health researchers can figure out what we need to do to keep firefighters from being exposed to some of these particularly toxic chemicals."   READ MORE

FIRE HOUSE, 5/3/2018

Expect significant growth in the amount of area burned annually by wildfires across western North America in the coming decades, according to a study that included two University of Arizona researchers.

The team, which included professor Donald Falk in the UA school of Natural Resources and the Environment and regents professor emeritus Thomas Swetnam in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, used nearly 35 years of data on climate and area burned in the western half of the United States and Canada to create its model. The study comes after a historically bad 2017 fire season in areas of California and western Canada - something that may become more common in the years ahead. READ MORE

QUIET WARRIOR: HOW ONE OFF-DUTY FIREFIGHTER SWITCHED FROM CONCERTGOER TO FIRST RESPONDER DURING LAS  VEGAS  SHOOTING
FIRERESCUE1, 4/16/2018
 
Chris Wetzel, a firefighter with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department, recalls what it was like to be on scene while a gunman opened fire on 22,000 concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip.  READ MORE

  Richard J. Ernest Scholarships
2018-2019 

There will be eight (8) $1000 scholarship awards given this year to members or their dependents.  Information and application forms can be accessed on our members website at www.calfirelocal2881.org under the "Info - RJ Ernest Scholarship" tab or by calling headquarters at 916-609-8700.

The postmark deadline for all who wish to apply is June 15th for the 2018-2019 Richard J. Ernest Scholarship applications.


  • All-you can eat Picnic at your favorite theme parks!
  • Legoland: Lego City deep sea adventure
  • Get set for Summer with purchasing power
  • Accidental death & disbursement insurance plan
  • Liberty Mutual auto and home insurance

Visit Cal CSEA for more informaiton!


UPCOMING EVENTS
 
IAFF PEP 10TH DISTRICT 
JUNE 19 - 20

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
JULY 24 - 26

IAFF  CONVENTION
AUGUST 6 - 10

BUDGET PREP MEETING
AUGUST 21 - 22

IAFF MEMORIAL
SEPTEMBER 15

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
SEPTEMBER 18 - 20

CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL
SEPTEMBER 29

NATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL
OCTOBER 7 - 8

CDF FIREFIGHTERS BENEVOLENT
 FOUNDATION
Provides funds for immediate life sus taining assistance to firefighters and their families who have suffered debilitating injury or loss of life.

For more information or to donate, visit the website.

CAL FIRE LOCAL 2881
NO ONE LEFT BEHIND
Proceeds support the Firefighters Cancer Support Network.

For more information, visit the website.

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 28, 2018
Half Moon Bay Golf Links

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORSHIP
    • $1,000 Golf Foursome Participation
    • $250 Single Player
    • $35 Adult BBQ Guest
    • $10 Child BBQ Guest
Click  here for more information!

 CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
 

CAL FIRE Local 2881 partnered up with CSEA which entitles our members to benefits like:
For more information, visit the website .

CAL FIRE Local 2881  likes to stay connected with our membership.  We want to make sure every member has an updated mailing address.

Below is a list of both Active and Retired members that have bad addresses.  If your name is on the list or you have recently moved,  please contact Danielle at (916) 277-9885 or  dkelsch@L2881.org to update your address.







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