Your brothers and sisters started the day with a class on budgeting for your local. Brother Jake Wilkins, Local 521, talked about how to set up your local for success by using a proper budget. Paying the minimum state and IAFF dues isn’t enough to get by anymore. A proper legal fund, travel fund, and operating budget help your members when times get tough. Brother Wilkins also included his presentation and a workable budget (file download at end of page) that you can take and modify for your own local.
MSFA Secretary and Treasurer Blaine Cowan informed members on our life insurance policies and what the MSFA does. Please make sure your local is getting their members reported as they get hired. Contact your MSFA district rep if you are unsure if your local is up to date.
IAFF 7th District DFSR Curtis Smith from the Professional Firefighters of Idaho taught your leaders about how to continue to help your local progress. With a direction and an agenda, your local can be more successful in promoting our members interests. Setting goals as an organization will benefit not only you, but the people we serve.
I will post his presentation here as soon as he gets it to me after his travel day.
After lunch we got a glimpse into the struggle from the Boilermakers that were part of the Imery’s Talc lockout in Three Forks. MT AFL-CIO president gave a great insight into how the labor movement came together and made a difference in real lives. Getting those workers back into the plant was huge. Not only that, but the financial and logistic help was huge. Getting families food and picket line logistics was pivotal. Nurses, Firefighters, Teachers, and many more stood shoulder to shoulder on the picket lines for those workers.
DFSR Rod Harris came to us with a presentation regarding our local constitution and bylaws. Sometimes the local C&BL are overlooked and can cause some problems. Having a close look at those documents and making comparisons with your neighboring locals can be beneficial.
Rocky Hanes Gave us a great presentation on contract negotiations. Rocky has served as Local 43 Portland Firefighters president for 20 years. Our brothers and sisters had a great interactive session where there was some mock contract negotiations that brought up many different issues that local leadership may face. Learning what IAFF resources are available to our local unions also helps us bargain in good faith while still meeting our member’s needs.