Centennial Celebration

Union Meeting President's Report

Thursday, June 8, 2017
President's Report
for Special Membership Meeting
Hilton New York - JFK Airport Hotel, Queens, NY

Special Business

  • Security Benefit Fund (SBF) Help Table Today
    Members who require help regarding dental, prescription drugs, optical or any other benefits provided via the UFA SBF, should visit the SBF table today. SBF personnel are there to help you.

Today's Agenda

Second Set of Boots
The City Council has approved funding in the budget for a second set of bunker boots. Both the UFA and the UFOA were able to convince The City Council on the importance of a second set of boots.


Labor Management Meeting
The UFA met with representatives from the Fire Department. All members are asked to forward all EMS tickets, or any other UCT ticket that is incorrect or misleading, to the Recording Secretary. Robert Eustace will update the membership.


OLR/Contract Meeting
The UFA met last week with Bob Linn and The OLR Staff. President Fitzgerald will update the membership at today's meeting.


Counterterrorism Task Force After the recent attacks in Manchester, England and in London, the threat level was raised and The Department had initially chosen to activate The Division CTTF instead of The Borough CTTF in the best interest of public safety. Moving forward The Division CTTF was to be deployed for events scheduled this month. The Department has since rescinded that order. President Fitzgerald will update the membership further at today's meeting.


PSS Anchor Hook
Health & Safety Officer Michael Schreiber will update the membership.


    Political Action
  • Constitutional Convention
    The UFA will be keeping the membership informed on the importance of voting NO over the next few months leading up to November 7th Election Day, when the Constitutional Convention referendum will be on the ballot, We are working with the NY AFL/CIO, IAFF, NYSPFFA among many labor groups, in a concerted effort to get the word out.
  • UFA Joins United Uniformed Workers of New York
    The UFA has joined with 23 other unions to form a coalition.
  • Pending Legislation The UFA Supports:
    Update on Disability Bill - S-6550 (Golden) A-8115 (Abbate)
    Relates to provisions affecting accidental disability benefits for police and fire members, New York City uniformed correction and sanitation revised plan members and investigator plan members.

    Improper and illegal building conversions - S.1496 (Avella)
    An act to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing the crime ofillegal conversion or alteration of real property and to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in relation to civil penalties for unlawful conversions.

    LOD Widows COLA - S4588 (Golden) A06286A (Joyner)
    This legislation extends the escalation of a cost of living increase of approximately 3% for all line-of-duty widows or widowers for fiscal year 2017-18. Vice President LeRoy McGinnis will update the membership at today's meeting.


Healthcare Changes
The City & MLC have agreed to the Health Care Changes for the upcoming Fiscal year, and have reached the 1.3 Billion savings goal. The Major change this year will affect HIP plan members, as it will mirror the increases that took place to GHI in 2016. Effective 7/1/17 Urgent Care Co-pay will go to $50/visit Effective 7/1/17 ER Visits will go to $150 (waived if admitted). A Letter will go out from Emblem to all plan members with details. New ID Cards will be mailed to all HIP participants on/about June 15, 2017.


UFA Celebrates it's Centennial (100th Anniversary)
On April 4th, 1917, Firefighter Albert Guinness, Ladder 140, unionized New York City Firefighters.

On April 4th, 2017, the UFA turned 100. We ask all Delegates to SAVE THE DATE of Tuesday, September 5th, for a special celebration to take place at Chelsea Piers, NYC. A special centennial link will be placed on the UFA website, with additional information concerning journal ads, sponsorship, tickets etc. If any active or retired member has any "historic" photos, news articles or any other pertinent info from the past 100 years, please send to: UFA Centennial c/o UFA, 204 East 23rd St NY, NY. 10010 or ufanyc.org.


2017 IAFF Memorial
This year's ceremony will take place on Saturday September 16th, in Colorado Springs. UFA Members that will be inscribed this year: John Dunn E-230, Tom Farrell L-41, Tom Kelly L-19, Joe Morstatt L-45, Greg Morales BFI, Joe O'Toole L-41, Paul Santoro E-259, & William Woodlon E-21. The event will be simulcast on the IAFF website www.iaff.org.


UFA Celebrates its Centennial (100th Anniversary)
On April 4th, 1917, Firefighter Albert Guinness LAD140 unionized New York City Firefighters. On April 4th, 2017, the UFA turned 100. We ask all members to SAVE THE DATE of Tuesday, September 5th, for a special celebration to take place at Chelsea Piers NYC. A special centennial link will be placed on the UFA website, with additional information concerning Journal ads, sponsorship, tickets etc.

If any active or retired member has any 'historic' photos, news articles or any other pertinent info from the past 100 years, please send to UFA Centennial c/o UFA, 204 East 23rd St NY, NY. 10010.


Email Addresses Updating
We ask members to update their addresses. Special consideration is asked for all members to update and include an email address. The UFA currently has 5200 email addresses out of over 8000 members.


Fraternally,

Gerard Fitzgerald
UFA President