Thursday, June 9th, 2016
for Special Membership Meeting
Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel, Queens, NY
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.
Optical Vendors at Meeting Today
A variety of Vendors that accept the UFA coverage are in attendance at today's meeting.
Fire Marshal Representative Candidate Nominations Today
The Candidate Nomination Meeting will take place during today's Union Meeting. Candidates who submitted verified signature petitions must be nominated by an active Fire Marshal from the floor.
Disability Bill Update
On Monday June 6th, the Mayor's office announced agreements with UFA along with Corrections & Sanitation, restoring three-quarter disability for current Tier 3/6 members, and future hires. The City Council passed the home rule on Wednesday, June 8th, at City Hall. The Bill then returns to Albany for final approval and awaits the signature of Governor Andrew Cuomo. The UFA would like to thank the Bill's sponsor Senator Marty Golden, along with Mayor de Blasio & the City Council. The Bill is #S.8015 (Golden), #A.10567 (Abbate).
* Existing presumptions under Tier 2 will be restored.
* The less expensive Tier 2 Cost of Living Adjustment will be restored.
* The Final Average Salary will be based on five years, and no single year can exceed the prior four years by more than 10 percent, as is the case under current law.
* The social security offset will be eliminated.
* Tier 3/6 Firefighters will pay a payroll contribution of 2 percent of salary for this enhanced benefit, for a total of 5% contribution. Which can rise as high as 3 percent of salary based on usage and other actuarial factors after a three year lookback. .
* The City will share the cost with employees; the total cost to the City will be $6.1 million in FY2017, growing to $12.6 million in FY2021.
PBA of the City of New York v. The City of New York and the New York City Office of Labor Relations
On May 17th the PBA filed Summons & Complaint and an Order to Show Cause for a TRO & Preliminary Injunction vs the City & OLR concerning the changes to Healthcare Co-pays effective July 1st. Judge Coin will make a ruling on June 16. UFA President Steve Cassidy will update the membership.
Military Buyback Bill Signed into Law
NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Military Buyback Bill into Law. The bill, S7160, will allow all public employees to obtain up to three years additional retirement credit for their military service, with no restrictions based on where or when they served. For the first time women will also be eligible. It is Chapter 41 of the Laws of 2016
There will be a Fundraiser for Elizabeth Crowley, on Tuesday June 14th at Neir's Tavern in Woodhaven, Queens. Please show your support for one of the UFA's biggest supporters. Remember Liz will receive 6-1 matching funds, from any city resident that donates to her campaign. You can also contribute online at www.nycvotes.org/campaigns/527.
SBF Benefits Increased
The Executive Board is pleased to announce an SBF benefit increase to both active & retired members' Optical plans, along with a hearing aid benefit. A mailing went out this week to all members, copies can be found at the trustee tables. Also make sure you visit with some of the optical providers that are here today, for additional info and coupons.
Volunteering in Paid FD? UFA & IAFF Constitution Violation
Article XVI, Section 3 of the UFA Constitution, as well as the IAFF Constitution, prohibit volunteering as a Firefighter in a paid fire department. Members who do this jeopardize other professional firefighters' careers and livelihoods. If the UFA receives a report of a member that is in violation of these provisions, as required, proceedings will begin to address the allegation. If confirmed, the offending member may be declared "a member not in good standing" as well as have his or her name listed in the UFA FireLines publication, which is circulated to all 20,000 active and retired members.
Thank you to all who turned out for the rally in support of Portchester firefighters last month. In addition, layoffs in the Garden City Fire Department have been averted. Vice President Jim Slevin will update the membership.
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.
Stephen J. Cassidy