LEGISLATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS

Contributions to the Legislative Fund can be made at any time, with a separate check made payable to:

RFFOW Legislative Fund 9134 207th Place SW , Edmonds, WA 98026.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS

Thank you to the following members who sent separate donation checks.

We would also like to thank all the members who make a $3.00 contribution when paying their annual dues via check or by payroll deduction. Your contribution allows our voice to be heard and is very much appreciated!! We only list the amount if the donation is above $25.00:

Chris Morrill $200.00
Kathi Hall In loving memory of husband J.P Hall $152.00
Gordon Lewis $125.00
Bonnie Carpenter In loving memory of husband Earl Carpenter $100.00
Curtis Johnson $100.00
Sharon Medica $100.00
Alfred (Al) Leupold $100.00
Sharyn Evans $100.00
Georgiana Nielsen In loving memory of Husband Ken Nielsen $100.00
Frank Bladen $100.00
Peter Vaglio $100.00
Barbara Beers $100.00
Gene Gideon $100.00
Thomas Trunk $55.00
Russell Hill $55.00
Richard Egeck $50.00
Anonymous in memory of Wally Monette $48.00


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JOIN THE RETIRED FIREFIGHTERS OF WASHINGTON (RFFOW)

Whether you're Prior Act, LEOFF I, LEOFF II, Federal or Private, the Retired Firefighters of Washington is for YOU!

The Retired Firefighters of Washington is the only politically active organization dedicated to, and representing, the interest of all retired firefighters of Washington State and their families. Countless hours are spent in Olympia, on behalf of retired firefighters, working with our state's Representatives to maintain, secure, and improve our pensions as they apply to the retired firefighters, their families and surviving spouses.

In addition to this serious work, The RFFOW provides a means for retired firefighters and their spouses to keep in touch with each other, pass along information and have some fun! We have monthly meetings, held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except June, July & August) where members have the opportunity to not only meet old friends, but to hear the latest regarding pension issues.

So, if you're not already a member of the Retired Firefighters of Washington, we encourage you to join. There is strength in numbers. We are already a powerfull voice in Olympia but the greater the numbers the louder the voice to be heard.


To join, just print and fill out a membership application. Print and fill out this payroll deduction form if you are already a member and want to pay dues via payroll deduction.

Mail Applications to:
Retired Firefighters of Washington
9134 - 20
7th Place SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

Questions? (425) 775-9080 info@rffow.org

 


President’s Message

By Richard C. Warbrouck

Many firefighter union locals may have multiyear labor contracts usually effective in January of each year. In those jurisdictions Prior Act and dual pension, Prior Act and LEOFF I, may receive an increase in their pension check. Some union locals including Seattle and Tacoma are still in negotiations for a labor agreement that most likely will be retroactive to January 1m 2015. In these jurisdictions Prior Act and dual pension members will be eligible for a retroactive pension benefit to January 1, 2015 depending on the wage scale as stipulated in the contract. The reason and explanation is that Prior Act pension law states, that a retired firefighter will always receive two percent of salary for each year of service credit of the current salary for the position held at the time of retirement. This position is limited to the rank of battalion chief. This explains why some dual members receive two pension checks, one from the LEOFF I retirement system in Olympia and one from the former employer usually a city or fire district. The city or former employer check may fluctuate mid-year which generates many calls to our office for an explanation.

The reason the amount of the former employer check may change is as follows: letís say you retired as a lieutenant. In January the active lieutenants receive a salary increase. If you retired with twenty-five years of service you will receive fifty percent of the new or increased active lieutenantís salary. In April the members of the LEOFF I retirement system receive a five percent cost of living increase, your former employer check will be reduced by five percent but the total of the two checks, former employer and LEOFF I retirement system, should equal fifty percent of the salary of the active employed lieutenant. Again, usually in January, if the salary for the active lieutenant is increased by ten percent you would receive an increase in the former employer check with the amount of the two checks equaling fifty percent of the current active lieutenantís salary.


(For more of the President's Message, click here)


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ANNOUNCEMENT

HEARING ON SB 5873
I WAS JUST NOTIFIED THAT THERE WILL BE A HEARING TOMORROW, TUESDAY 2/24 AT 1:30 PM ON SB 5873. IF PASSED THE BILL WILL REOPEN THE FILING PERIOD FOR THOSE WHO MARRIED AFTER RETIREMENT AND MISSED THE FIRST FILING FOR A SURVIVING SPOUSE BENEFIT FOR THEIR CURRENT SPOUSE. I WOULD LIKE AS MANY OF YOU WHO CAN, JOIN ME IN THE TRIP TO OLYMPIA FOR THIS IMPORTANT HEARING. THE HEARING WILL BE IN THE JOHN CHERBERG BUILDING, SENATE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE.
THANKS,
DICK 206-406-9823



We want to notify you that SB 5873 was introduced on February 9, 2015. The sponsors of SB 5873 are Senators Steve Conway, Barbara Bailey, Mark Schoesler and Jeanne Kohl-Welles. This bill will reopen the filing period for those members who married after retirement to select an option for a Surviving Spouse Benefit. The bill will establish a two-year window period to register for this benefit. A member must have been married for two years prior to September 1, 2015 to qualify for this option.

Please write, call or e-mail your legislatorís House and Senate and ask for their support for this bill. If you need any information, address, phone number or e-mail address, please contact the Legislative Information Center 1-360-786-7573 for the information you need. We will notify you when the bill is scheduled for a hearing, however it may be a very short notice. You may also contact one or more of the Senators and thank them for sponsoring the bill. The reason this bill is important is because we have heard from so many, who are not members of the RFFOW, who said they were not made aware of the original bill when it was passed in 2005.

When you contact the Information Center and give them your address they can give you the number of your Legislative District, the names of your three legislators, their address, phone number and e-mail address.

Thanking you in advance for your help.
Dick Warbrouck

 

 
 

March RFFOW Meeting



On March 11, 2015
11 AM; Luther Memorial Church Greenwood Ave N & N 132nd Street Seattle, WA



PENSION REPORT

February Pension Report by Ray Sanderson:

How Are Pensions Protected State-by State? Liz Farmer, GOVERNING finance writer, explains in her following column (http://www.governing.com).

This is part of an ongoing series called Finance 101 that goes back to the basics to help public officials

Pensions both public and private started out as a workerís perk Ė a gratuity that could be amended or removed entirely at any time. But over the last century, that perception has given way in most states to the idea that pensions are a form of deferred compensation.

Along with that change has come certain protections via either specifically in state constitutions or through a courtís interpretation of the constitution. Nearly all states have some kind of protection for pensions. Most (41) protect pensions under contract theory which prohibits states from passing a law that impairs a contract, whether public or private.

(For February 2015 pension report, click here)

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IN MEMORY OF


Kenneth Buckley, retired Captain, passed away on January 22, 2015. Services will be held on Tuesday, January 27th, at 2:00 pm at Evergreen Washelli. Address is 11111 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, WA 98133.

Al Stephens passed away 1/10/13. Elsie Stephens passed away 12/29/14. There will be a Celebration of Life for Elsie and Allen Stephens on January 31st from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 4456 42nd Ave. SW, Seattle. Please RSVP to Linda (Marcie) at 805-797-3170.

Donald Leroy Smith passed away 1/13/15.

Retired Firefighter Jack Brown passed away on 2/4/2015. There are no public services planned.

Retired Firefighter Joe Riseland passed away on 2/5/2015. There will be an open house on 2/21/2015 from 1pm to 5pm at the Edmonds Library in the Plaza room. The address is 6500 Main St., Edmonds WA.

Retired firefighter John Maulsby passed away on 2/23/15. A celebration of life will be held Saturday March 7th at 4:30pm Bayside Marine 1111 Craftsman Way, Everett, WA 98201. Potluck style.

James Charleston passed away on 2/16/15.

Stanley Mork Passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday, February 23, 2015, at the age of 68. He had a wonderful career, working for the Tacoma fire company at Station Two. Stan went on to become the Deputy Harbormaster in charge of the fireboats. Stan retired from the Fire Department in 2000. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharon, his children Ryan Mork (Ruth), Aaron Mork (Rhyana), and Tim Mork. Stan's Celebration of Life Service will be at Life Center, 1717 South Union Ave. 98405, Tacoma, Washington at 1 P.M on Monday, March 2.





















 

 

 
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