What Does The Union Do?
Come See How It Works
Come See How It Works
When was our Local formed and what does it do for me?
Local 2545 was chartered (formed) back in 1976 in an effort to band together firefighters focusing on protection of our wages, hours and working conditions. From the time of charter, we have grown to over 100 members.
Do I have to pay dues to Local 2545 as a condition of employment?
Firefighters working for the City of Kirkland are not required to pay dues to Local 2545 as a condition of employment. You will still receive representation from the Bargaining Group (2545) that is recognized by the City, as well as receive protections outlined in our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). So, why pay dues? Your dues help pay for a multitude of things such as political action and bargaining needs. These are the necessary components allowing us to negotiate fair compensation, time off, and medical plans, to name a few. In addition, these funds pay for annual barbecues and get togethers, retirement gifts, and monies allotted to special programs/needs such as KFFBA, Pipes and Drums, and members experiencing difficult times. Please reach out to any E-board member to learn more.
What is an Executive Board and what do they do?
Your Executive Board (E-board) is comprised of all your Local 2545 union leaders. Currently, the E-board is formed with a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and four Trustees.
When and where are Union meetings held?
Our meetings follow a formal set of rules I don’t understand. How do I participate?
The By-laws for Local 2545 state we shall use Attwoods Rules of Order for parliamentary process. This is a structured, formal process for meetings with large groups that allows for participants to hear what is going on an also have a voice in the proceedings. If you do not understand how these rules work and when you can speak up, you are right in line with 80%+ of the membership. Your E-board asks that everyone participate and stay involved in our Local. If you have a question or wish to make a motion (a proposal by a member that the assembly votes/takes action on), please ask at any time throughout the meeting. If your timing is off, meaning it is “out of order”, we will let you know how and when to jump back in. Chances are that your question, comment or motion is being thought about by other members around you. We will learn these processes together in a friendly, welcoming and laid-back atmosphere.