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November 26, 2015

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Remember to Shop Union for the Holiday Season!

Union Thanksgiving! 

In a couple short weeks, the frenzy of shopping will be upon us!  But before the buzz begins, sit down to a nice Thanksgiving dinner, and enjoy yourself union style.  Here is a list to help you choose union-made food products for your holiday gatherings. 

It may not be truly cold yet, but the first day of winter is right around the corner, and there’s no better time to start prepping for the chillier months ahead. Stock the closet and cupboards with union-made supplies that will fend off the freeze and wrap you in coziness.

Holiday Gift Shopping, Union Style!

The 10 days following Thanksgiving are designated by the AFL-CIO as “Buy Union” week to encourage union members to look for union-made goods and services when buying holiday gifts and other items.

Supporting union-made products helps keep good jobs in the community and could have the added benefit of encouraging increased manufacturing at home. That’s why it’s so important for our union families to focus their purchasing power on the goods and services created by union brothers and sisters. 

Holiday shopping traditionally kicks off on “Black Friday”—designated as such because it’s the timeframe when many retailers move from red ink to black on their balance sheets. Shoppers will find plenty of “bargains,” but union family shoppers will want to look beyond foreign-made electronics, trendy toys and gadgets to find enduring goods that are union made, or perhaps a gift card for union-productions, such as movies or sports events, or union made food stuff—there are many union-made candies, baked goods, spirits and specialty items. Here are some websites to help get you started! (extensive list of products by state) (drink ware/tumblers) (for body and home) (for pets) (dinnerware) (apparel) (socks for everyone)

Important Member Resource

WWW.PIIERS.ORG   is your website for safeguarding your future.  How?  PIIERS (Personal Injury Illness and Exposure Reporting System) helps you keep track of your exposures, physicals and wellness exams. Why does this matter? If you have a work related injury, PIIERS allows you to download your information for future use.   If you are going through an injury or illness, do you have time to go over the Fire Department log books for the last ten years? Where are those books?  With PIIERS you have all your information at your fingertips and ready to use for your needs.

It's no secret that the fire profession puts you in environments filled with chemicals, carcinogens, toxins and diseases. As a PIIERS user, you can track all of your exposures throughout your career for your use.

You can access the PIERS system from the WSCFF’s website  or using your WSCFF username and password. 

The organization called Movember has been committed to raising funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG since 2004. At the WSCFF Annual Convention in 2011, members voted to support Movember. Here are this year's details for you to participate on your own or as part of a team. Sign up today and get ready to get furry! Movember
Support the Zadroga Act

On September 30, 2015 congressional authorization for the World Trade Center Health program, which has provided health monitoring and treatment for tens of thousands of responders and survivors of 9/11, expired.  Although the authorization has expired, the program is expected to have enough money to continue operating into 2016.  However, as money runs low, responders and survivors may experience a diminution of services as administrators shift their focus from providing care to shutting down the program. 

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reathorization Act is the solution to this problem.  It would permanently reauthorize the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.  Go to to find out more about this critical effort.  

Congratulations to Layne Bladow, President of IAFF Local 1488

TACOMA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed West Pierce Fire and Rescue Fire Captain Layne Bladow to serve on the Bates Technical College Board of Trustees. West Pierce Fire and Rescue Fire Captain Layne Bladow joins the five-member Board of Trustees. West Pierce Fire and Rescue serves approximately 31 square miles in Lakewood and University Place.

How to Help -- Donating to Wildfire Relief

HOW TO HELP Seattle Times Information Any US Bank Red Cross Greater Inland NW Chapter of the American Red Cross in Wenatchee:509-663-3907 WSCFF Burn Foundation:The Washington State Council of Firefighters (WSCFF) Burn Foundation will take monetary donations and disperse them according to your wishes.Please go to

Fire Fighter in Need

Daniel Lyon, a firefighter with the US Forest Service, is at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center after he was severely burned Wednesday August 19, 2015, while fighting a wildfire near Twisp, Washington. In the tragic event three other firefighters lost their lives, when the fire they were fighting suddenly changed direction.

Firefighter/Paramedic or Firefighter/EMT Applicants Wanted

 Anacortes Fire Department is inviting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic or Fire/EMT.   For detailed requirements and information on the recruiting process, go to and click on "Browse Agencies" or "Firefighter".
Download: Anacortes Fire Department Information.pdf

New Member Resource

The Mesothelioma Prognosis Network strives to help you further understand a prognosis of mesothelioma.  A prognosis is the estimated outcome of a specific mesothelioma diagnosis. It determines the likelihood of overcoming this cancer.  The network assists in beating the odds to improve prognosis one step at a time.

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