California Professional Firefighters

Gavin Newsom -- The Strongest Choice on Firefighter Issues

Whether its on the front lines, on the job or as union members, California firefighters face challenges few could have seen a few years ago.

Fighting an ever-growing disaster threat. Staffing our stations. Protecting our jobs. Keeping us safe on the job. Protecting our retirement security. Protecting our rights.

The decisions made by the next governor will profoundly affect the future lives and livelihoods of our members on the job. On these issues, firefighters can't afford to sit out, and we can't afford lip service.

After reviewing the records of all the candidates on those job-related core issues, California Professional Firefighters' Executive Board unanimously endorsed Gavin Newsom for governor.

Why Gavin Newsom?

A record on firefighter issues. The future we face commands leadership that stands with our members in good times and bad. Gavin Newsom has been a steadfast, unwavering supporter of firefighters on the issues that matter to their lives and livelihoods ... even when it was unpopular.

  • Keeping firefighters on the job: As mayor of San Francisco, Newsom held the line on staffing during recession. Not a single firefighter was cut
  • Protecting pension promises: Rejected drastic pension rollbacks in SF; will stand by the “California Rule” which honors retirement security commitments;
  • No outsourcing firefighter jobs: Held the line against contracting public safety services in SF; even as others were pushing dangerous outsourcing proposals.
  • Effective wildfire response: Committed to boosting mutual aid resources to put more firefighters in the field, not just cutting down trees.
  • A voice for front line firefighters: On-the-record commitment to bring firefighters into administration – a real voice, not just lip-service.

READ: Compare the candidates on firefighter issues

A voice for our members. In words and actions, Gavin has proven he is committed to giving firefighters a voice on the issues that matter to their lives and livelihoods: workers’ comp, fire safety, post-traumatic stress and our retirement and survivor benefits. He has committed to CPF that firefighters won't just be a photo-op -- we'll be on the team.

Supported by those who know him best. The proud members of San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 have endorsed Gavin Newsom in every race he's run, including his run for governor. “When our firefighters needed a champion at City Hall, Gavin Newsom stood up to those who wanted to roll back fire and emergency medical response,” said Tom O’Connor, president of San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798. “He kept his commitment to public safety as mayor, and we believe he will stand up for our firefighters as governor.

John Cox – A Different Record: On core firefighter issues, John Cox has been either silent or openly hostile: 

  • Refused to meet with firefighters: John Cox refused repeated invitations to meet with CPF on firefighter issues as part of our bipartisan endorsement process.
  • Thinks firefighters are overpaid: “… our salaries and our benefits for a lot of our fire workers are bordering on the excessive,” (CALMatters, 7-12-18)
  • Supports ending secure pensions for new firefighters: Believes fixed-benefit pensions are “broken and unsustainable.” (Bakersfield Californian, Aug. 2017)
  • Opposes strong united labor voice: Backed failed Prop. 32, which would have silenced union political voice.

CPF recommends candidates based on their stand on firefighter issues. On these issues, Gavin Newsom has a record. He has stood with firefighters in good times and bad. His opponent stands with those who stand against us.

That’s why CPF recommends Gavin Newsom for governor.

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"As representatives of 30,000 front line firefighters, its our responsibility to inform our members about the issues that affect their job, safety and retirement security. On these issues, the choice is clear to CPF: Gavin Newsom has stood with us in good times and bad. He has earned our support for governor.."-- CPF President Lou Paulson