President’s Message

Brothers and Sisters:

As we head into 2015, I feel like it is 2014 Groundhog Day all over again.  As I watch the weather report there is very little rain in sight, the snowpack is less than 20% of normal and the reservoirs around the state are at all-time lows. This only leaves me to believe that fire season again will come early and will last well into the fall.

Looking into this new legislative cycle, we will pursue the fourth firefighter on every state fire engine of CAL FIRE. Last year we averaged more fire starts than in the years previous with less acres burned. This tells me and all of you the more firefighters put on the fire engine, the faster and more effective our engine companies can deal with all types of emergencies.

I read the resolutions that passed our annual convention in Sacramento.  There was one message that your executive board, bargaining team, and all of the CAL FIRE Local 2881 leadership heard loud and clear — we need to be paid a fair wage for the hard work the men and women of CAL FIRE perform on a daily basis.  Please go on the members’ side of the union webpage to see the results of the resolutions that were passed from convention.  I want to thank all those who attended the convention this year for the hard work they did; the resulting priorities  will dictate the future of our union. Additionally, I was glad to see all the new faces and old friends coming together again to set the agenda for our union.

Finally, I want to thank the incoming and outgoing officers for their hard work and dedication to this union.  As we move into the new year, I look forward to visiting as many of you as I can this spring before the fire season really kicks into full gear.

My message will be simple — take care of each other and make sure you make it home to see your loved ones after every shift.


Mike Lopez

Name Change for CDF Firefighters

CDF Firefighters will now be called CAL FIRE Local 2881. For more information please read a letter from President Mike Lopez.

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