Thursday, January 12, 2017
for Special Membership Meeting
Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel, Queens, NY
- UFA 2017 Calendars Available Today
Delegates or alternates should pick up their Company's calendars at today's meeting, calendars are at your Borough Trustee table.
- 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.
- Forms & Booklets
Delegates should pick up a revised UFA Constitution, along with a current company roster to verify members' home addresses.
Tier III 3/4 Enhanced Benefit Open Period Deadline Has Passed
The UFA Executive Board is pleased to report that as of January 5 2017, only 2 (out of 1,969) UFA members decided not to opt in to the enhanced plan. The Executive Board would like to thank all the delegates for their hard work, along with the Trustees in accomplishing this.
Counter Terrorism Task Force Update
The UFA & UFOA meet with Office of Labor Relations Commissioner Bob Linn, along with representatives of the FDNY & OMB to have a bargaining session over the recent implementation of the Rescue Task Force, pursuant to NY City Collective Bargaining Law. All parties agreed to conduct joint Safety impact meetings, the schedule is being finalized and we will keep the membership updated.
In addition, the department, after listening to both the UFA & UFOA, has made changes to the 9-11 calls of "Active Shooter" have been revised. The department has removed active shooter from the matrix, and the new policy states there must be confirmation by EMS of an Active Shooter incident with MCI potential, before FD units are dispatched. Any company receiving tickets for calls, that state ACTIVE SHOOTER, must forward a copy to the UFA and request the officer to make an unusual incident report.
Governor Cuomo gave his State of the State speech on Tuesday January 10, UFA President James Slevin was in attendance and will update the membership.
Assemblyman Carl Heastie was re-elected as Speaker of the Assembly, while Senator John Flanagan retains his position as Senate-Majority leader.
UFA President James Slevin & Vice President Fitzgerald have met with numerous City Council members concerning the upcoming city budget, stressing the need for additional resources in the FDNY.
Labor Management Update - CFR Protocols - Additional Skills
Recently the Department issued a draft to add additional skills to the CFR duties, this included administering medications such as aspirin, albuterol & Epinephrine. The UFA opposed the additional duties and through our efforts along with the NYSPFFA, the proposal was voted down at hearings conducted by State Emergency Medical Services Council (SEMSCO) and the State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (SEMAC). Special recognition goes to VP Gerard Fitzgerald and FM rep Steve Tagliani for their lobbying against this policy change.
The UFA question the department over a document that looked to start a pilot program using Bronx Firehouses as "Safe Stations" for civilians with substance abuse issues. The UFA was assured that the pilot is not happening.
BISP Pilot Program
In November the department added all units in B-22 to the BISP Pilot Program that will continue through May 2017, at which point the department hopes to expand further. The UFA executive board continues to ask delegates from companies in the current pilot program, to pass along any issues or concerns you have.
Five Man Engines - Increase in February
As per the UFA contract, an additional 5 Engine companies will add a 5th firefighter, the department expects to finalize which companies will have the staffing increased shortly.
Firefighter Cancer Summit
The IAFF is expected to roll out a joint venture with Nant Health, and a program dealing with cancer treatment of Professional Firefighters. The UFA, in conjunction with Dr. David Prezant, has been involved and discussing many issues with the planned program. UFA Vice President Gerard Fitzgerald attended a recent presentation and will update the membership.
Public Employee Conference (PEC)
In December, the annual PEC seminar took place, with numerous labor leaders and NYS politicians in attendance. Key-note speakers included Assemblyman Peter Abbate & Senator Marty Golden, both longtime supporters of "labor" and the UFA.
Nominations for the upcoming elections, will be the special order of business at the February 9 meeting. All candidates must have their petitions delivered to the UFA Recording Secretary no later than 5pm on February 2.
Delegate ID Photos at February Meeting
New Delegates can get ID Photos at the February meeting.
2017 UFA Delegate Seminar
In accordance with the UFA Constitution, a seminar site was chosen by a majority vote of the Delegate body. The 2017 Delegate Education Seminar will be held May 9th through May 12th in Atlantic City at the Tropicana. Information packets with room registrations & details will be mailed shortly.
Update Your Address, Email, Phone #s with the UFA
Members and Delegates wishing to receive important information or notifications from the UFA should insure that their residence addresses, email addresses, home and cell phone numbers on file with the UFA are updated and accurate. In order to do this, you must prepare and sign a 'SBF Change of Address Form' and mail to the UFA, Attn: SBF. Forms can be obtained from your Delegate, who can assist you, or you can call the UFA SBF at 212-683-4723, or visit the Forms Section of the UFA web site. Additionally, members wishing to receive e-mails from the UFA should add the UFA e-mail address, UFA@ufanyc.org, to their contacts. Members are reminded to also notify the Fire Department of your changes, especially your mailing address.
James M. Slevin