Classes

Leading From Your Strengths

Location: Heritage Ballroom
Speakers: Noel Meador, Tim Sears

Leading from your strengths is a tool to help you discover how your personality can strengthen and improve your team’s morale. Understand how differences on the team can be assets. You will learn how to unlock the power of being in the right seat on the right apparatus for the workplace.

About the Speakers

Noel Meador

Noel Meador is President & CEO of Stronger Families headquartered in Seattle, Washington. His passion is to offer hope and healing to military and first responder relationships that experience high stress due to their chosen profession. Noel is the co-author of the OXYGEN Seminar. OXYGEN has been taught on 76 military installations, in 36...

Tim Sears

Tim is the Director of First Responders for Stronger Families. He joined Stronger Families with 44 years in the fire service, having served in 4 different fire departments. Tim was actively involved in water rescue, tillered ladder truck ops, safety committee, fire investigator, hazmat, PEER support, a board member on KFFBA Benevolent Fund, and...

Today's Classes

Rebound: The Tactical Athlete
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Heritage A
This course will discuss the positive and long lasting impact of providing a high level sports medicine model of injury recovery coupled with a true
Power Through Participation: Train the Trainer – Part 2
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Heritage EF
Ryan Reese / Matt Lowery
Impact Bargaining: What is it and what triggers the need?
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Heritage CD
Impact Bargaining 101 Presentation
How to Not Get Sued
Location: Heritage B
This class will cover some of the common issues unions must navigate that can lead to problems down the road, including: grievance handling, complying with
Bargaining 101
Location: Heritage A
This is an introduction to negotiations. Negotiations can occur informally as a conversation, to formally bargaining a contract. This class will class will provide an
Using Social Media to our Advantage
Location: Heritage EF
Power Through Participation: Train the Trainer – Part 1
Location: Heritage EF
This session will assist locals in delivering internal Union organization/participation by training local officers/members to deliver WSCFF educational content. Power Through Participation Power
Litigating State L&I & Self-Insured Claims
Location: Heritage CD
Litigating State L&I Presentation
Break
3:00 - 3:30pm
Succession Planning – Planning and Investing in Our Future
Location: Heritage CD
This class will help local leaders begin to understand the importance of succession planning and provides some basic steps to be successful as we prepare
Paid Family Medical Leave Act
Location: Heritage B
This class will explore some frequently asked questions around Washington’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, including the ability to use accrued leave
Endorsing Candidates: Our Process, Who We Support & Why
Location: Heritage EF
Endorsing Candidates Presentation
Board Authority & Representation
Location: Heritage CD
IAFF 7th District Vice President and WSCFF Leadership will discuss their roles as leaders and some of the recent challenges they have faced. This will
National Firefighter Registry
Location: Heritage Ballroom
The National Firefighter Registry, created through the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018, will be a voluntary registry of firefighters that will be used to analyze
Leadership/ IAFF-WSCFF COVID After Action Report
Location: Heritage Ballroom
IAFF and WSCFF officers will review the responsibilities of leadership associated with our efforts and actions regarding COVID-19. IAFF Hotwash After Incident Assessment
Long-Term Care Update
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Heritage Ballroom
Thriving In Times of Change
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Heritage Ballroom
Professional speaker and comedienne Meg Soper combines a sense of humor with her unique perspective on life to captivate her audience and provide a presentation
Understanding Washington State PFMLA, Federal FMLA & Your Sick Leave Benefits
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
This session will help you navigate the alphabet soup of state and federal laws around family and medical leave, sick leave, and other common wage
Why Labor Should Matter
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
Behavioral Health: What Local Leaders Need to Know
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room H
Whether you have a behavioral health program or not, this class will guide you through a labor-management approach to building a successful program for your
Privacy & Disclosure: What Unions/Employers Must Produce & May Withold
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Room H
Learn about developments in the areas of union privilege and the PRA, and FAQs in getting the information unions need from the employer and in
Impact Bargaining
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room G
When there is a change to how management and the union interact, outside the scope of an existing agreement, our Union, upon being made aware,
Importance of LEOFF 1 Disability Boards
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room EF
WSCFF Retirees Association Board Presentation
Preparing for Line-of-Duty-Death
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room D
Preparing for Line-of-Duty-Death Presentation
Shift Change
7:00 - 8:00 am
Location: Boardroom
WSCFF Shift Change meetings are for members coping with or in recovery from an alcohol or substance use problems. Peer-led meetings provide a supportive space
Latest PERC & Arbitration Decisions
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
Alex Skalbania will discuss new PERC cases and new Interest Arbitration awards and new developments regarding bargaining topics. PERC Update Presentation
Communication in Critical Times and Positive Messaging
1:30 - 3:00pm, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room H
This is a two part class that runs from 1:30 – 5:00 with a 30 minute break. PLEASE NOTE: participants should have access to their local social media accounts.
Financial Independence at Retirement
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
DecisionPoint will discuss and review key topics surrounding financial readiness, and why it’s so important to start planning today. Discussion points will include ways
Wildland Committee Fire Roster: What is it and how do you access it?
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Room G
Wildland Committee Fire Roster Presentation
How To Run a Meeting: Parliamentary Procedures
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Room D
Estate Planning: The Importance of Wills & Life Insurance
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
Work, Union, and Life Balance
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room H
This course will be an open discussion about achieving a balance between the life of a union official who still works on the job and
IAFF 7th District Report
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
Secretary-Treasurer: Tools & Tips for Success in This Crucial Role
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room D
Secretary-Treasurer Tools & Tips Presentation
Understanding PTS Claims
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Room G
Understanding PTS Claims Presentation
Standing Committees Reports
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
WSCFF Building
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
Scene Safety: Unintended Impacts of HB 1310
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
WSCFF Strategic Plan
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
WSCFF Legislative Update
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Great Hall BD
Membership Engagement in a Post Janus World
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room ABC
Membership Engagement Presentation
Engagement: What does your union do?
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Heritage EF
WSCFF Retirees Association Regional Meeting & Social
9:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Heritage EF
Negotiations: Words Matter
10:45 am - Noon
Location: Heritage CD
Note: Bring a hard copy of your CBA Presentation Power Point: Writing Good Contract Language
Resolution Reports
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Heritage ABCD
Wildland Fire App
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Heritage ABCD
Jen Pennington will demonstrate the features found on the newly created Wildland Fire App. Megan Durham, a developer with Rhizome will also be on hand
Lunch
12:00 - 1:30pm
Location: Discovery
DEI: Promoting, Recruiting and Retention
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Heritage EF
IAFF Health & Wellness Trust, MERP, VEBA
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Heritage EF
This class will cover relevant updates to both the IAFF Health & Wellness and MERP Trusts. The class will cover the changes/enhancements that have
IAFF Center of Excellence – West Coast
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Heritage ABCD
Duty of Fair Representation
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Heritage CD
Duty of Fair Representation, this class will cover how you as an executive should represent all of your members. Duty of Fair Representation Presentation
Union Officer Duties: Roles and Responsibilities
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Heritage CD
Roles and Responsibilities Presentation
How to Navigate L&I State and Self-Insured Injury/Illness Claims
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Heritage CD
When injured on the job or thinking about filing a workers compensation claim, there are several things you must think about and be prepared for
IAFF Burned: Protecting the Protectors and PFAS Update
10:45 am - Noon
Location: Heritage ABCD
Engagement via Technology
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Heritage EF
WSCFF and IAFF Convention 101
9:00 - 10:15 am
Location: Heritage CD
Ready Rebound, UDS, Grail, Life Scan
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Heritage B
This class centers on the importance of early detection programs to improve the overall health of first responders and to detect cancer and cardiovascular disease
Leadership in a Changing World: an Army Perspective on Fire Service
9:00 - 10:30 am
Location: Heritage ABCD
How do we lead teams to do difficult things serving others? The Army and fire service are similar yet distinct professions: this presentation will examine
Benefits of Healthy Sleep
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Heritage B
Sleep: Why it’s important and how to manage it. Benefits of healthy sleep and realistic ways to achieve better sleep hygiene. Presentation: Sleep
Understanding Grievances/Unfair Labor Practices
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Heritage B
A brief overview of what is a grievance, what is an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP). What is the difference between the two and what is
WSCFF Committee Reports
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Heritage ABCD
7 Steps of Just Cause: What They are & How They are Applied
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Heritage B
7 Steps of Just Cause Presentation
Labor Management Panel
10:45 am - Noon
Location: Heritage B
Introduction to Negotiations
9:00 - 10:15 am
Location: Heritage B
An overview of the negotiations process (from preparation to arbitration), the laws which give us the power to negotiate, and tips/tricks on how to
Post Retirement Health Insurance
10:45 am - Noon
Location: Heritage A
Review L726 and L1747 Post Retirement Healthcare plan, history, how we successfully bargained, pros/cons, how we may help others implement similar programs.
Presumptive Language and Future Legislation
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Heritage A
Audits and Budgets for Treasurers
9:00 - 10:15 am
Location: Heritage A
This class will define the audit/financial review process. Bill Dodd from Local 710 Coeur D’Alene will provide in-depth reporting on filing of the local’
Shift Change – Peer Support
7:00 - 8:00 am
Location: Birch Room
WSCFF Shift Change meetings are for members coping with or in recovery from behavioral health challenges, including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, or challenging
Politics 2024: What’s at Stake?
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Heritage A
Every election is billed as the “most important election of your life” but this one might just be it. At the Federal Level, Congress has
WSCFF Legislative Report
9:00 am - Noon
Location: Heritage ABCD
Peer Behavioral Health
1:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Heritage A
Peer Behavioral Health Presentation
Retirement Planning
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Heritage A
As professional firefighters, we have an amazing defined-benefit pension and the ability to retire in our mid-50s, but our income and expenses change immediately
Breakfast
7:00 - 8:45 am
Location: Discovery Ballroom