UFA-UFOA Press Conference Today Announcing Legal Action Against Reduced StaffingToday, the UFA and UFOA held a Joint Press Conference announcing that they have filed legal action in an effort to stop Mayor Bloomberg from reducing Firefighter staffing levels at the busiest firehouses across New York City. See today's Press Release, and also come back to the UFA website for the latest updates and media coverage.
The 5th Man: UFA Filed for Injunctive Relief
The City notified the UFA confirming that on or after February 1st, it intends to remove the 5th man from all 60 five FF engines, and that all SOC Units, Ladders and Haz-Tech units will remain with 5 FFs.
The UFA has filed for injunctive relief in an effort to demonstrate irreparable harm, and also a separate Improper Practice charge alleging the City has failed to negotiate the terms of the Roster Staffing agreement or any adverse safety impact from its decision to eliminate the 5th FF. If our Injunctive Relief petition is successful, the Dept will be required to maintain current staffing during the Improper Practice hearing process.
If the Injunctive Relief petition is unsuccessful, staffing will remain reduced until the Board of Collective Bargaining renders a decision. Delegates are reminded that the 1996 Roster Staffing Agreement is in the Contracts & Agreements Chapter of the Delegate Manual.
Roster Staffing OT Continues Pursuant to the UFA's request at our Roster Staffing Agreement meetings, the City confirmed in a letter to the UFA that, "the City of New York expects to continue to provide 96 hours of Roster Staffing overtime opportunities in the same manner as before."
Stephen J. Cassidy
Joseph A. Miccio