Union Meeting's President's Report

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
President's Report
for Special Membership Meeting
Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel, Queens, NY

Special Business

Delegate Education Seminar REGISTRATION at Security Benefit Fund Table Today!
You can submit your reservation forms and payment at the Recording Secretary/SBF Table today. Ask for Jim Dahl.

2015 NYS Legislative Reference Guide
The 2015 NYS Legislative Reference Guide will be available to pick up at the Trustees' tables.

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

Contract Negotiations/Labor Relations
The UFA will be meeting with the Office of Labor Relations Commissioner Bob Linn on March 12th to continue contract discussions. UFA President Steve Cassidy will update the membership.

UFA Ad Campaign #standwithbravest
March 16th Press Conference/Tier 3 Disability
UFA President Steve Cassidy and the entire Executive Board would like to Thank all Firefighters that turned out for our rally on the steps of City Hall, and for all those members that have signed our petitions, and continue to spread the word and gather support. President Cassidy will update the membership on the $27/day ad campaign, as we continue to fight for restoration of disability benefits for all new hires.

Contract Negotiations/Labor Relations
The UFA met with the Office of Labor Relations Commissioner Bob Linn on March 12th to continue contract discussions. In addition the PBA announced its PERB hearings will begin on May 4th and run to Mid-June. UFA President Steve Cassidy will update the membership.

MLC Healthcare Update
The City Council held hearings over the MLC Healthcare agreement, testimony was given by OLR commissioner Bob Linn, detailing the savings. President Steve Cassidy will update the membership.

UFA Political Action
UFA Legislative Director Jim Slevin has scheduled Lobby Day for Tuesday, April 28, 2015. As in years past, the UFA will provide transportation to and from Albany leaving from various locations. Delegates should compile a list of all members that need transportation along with their preferred departure location (exact locations will follow shortly). PLEASE make sure this form is filled out so an agenda packet is made available for all members who are participating in Lobby Day! This form should be faxed to the UFA 212-683-0710 or emailed to PAC@ufanyc.org, NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 17th. Form is available at the Trustees table. It is expected that the buses will leave at 7am and not return until 9pm. Members should also look up their legislators on the UFAWebsite and make appointments to see them during lobby day.

Special Election to fill Congressional Seat
On Tuesday, May 5th, a special election is to be held to fill the seat formerly held by Michael Grimm. The UFA is asking off-duty members to turnout for our candidate, Dan Donovan (R). VP Jim Slevin will update the membership.

NYS 2015-16 Budget Enacted
In March, New York State Legislature passed the 2015-16 budget on time. UFA Vice President Jim Slevin will update the membership.

IAFF "Presidential" Forum
During the 2015 IAFF Legislative Conference, held on March 9-10, the IAFF had numerous potential 2016 Presidential candidates speak to hundreds of delegates from across the country . Speakers included Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Former Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), Former Governor George Pataki (R-NY), Representative Peter King (R-NY), Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) (pre-recorded). Videos of the conference can be found on the IAFF website www.iaff.org. President Steve Cassidy will update the membership..

Roster Staffing Case Update
Safety impact proceedings are still pending at the NYC Office of Collective Bargaining. The UFA and UFOA are still awaiting responses to our discovery requests regarding 10-75's from the City's Counsel, Proskauer Rose. In that regard, the UFA Labor Counsel has demanded in writing that the City's counsel immediately make themselves available for a conference, along with the Trial Examiner from the Office of Collective Bargaining, regarding the City and the Department's lack of responses to various requests for information. The UFA will be requesting assistance from our delegates, in regards to recent 10-75's or greater. A 65-2 with full details will be issued shortly.

UCT Case Update

Post Hearing Briefs were submitted to the Board of Collective Bargaining on April 14, 2014. We continue to await the Board's calendaring of its decision, whether the exclusion and/or restriction of the duties by the Fire Alarm Receipt dispatchers on 911 fire-related calls have had a safety impact on our membership. In addition, the UFA continues to request that the Department institute a pilot program studying fire-relatede calls and end-to-end response times.

Manhattan 7th Alarm Box 0436
The UFA executive board would like to acknowledge all members that operated at the recent 7th alarm on 2nd Ave in Manhattan. Once again demonstrating to the citizens of New York of the dangers our Firefighters face every day.

Manhattan 5th Alarm Box 1406
Attention all members who responded or worked at Manhattan Box 1406 (Harlem explosion): Safety is providing the correct terminology to be used on the CD-73/ exposure report related to Manhattan box 1406 (Harlem explosion). The UFA, UFOA and the department have reviewed and agreed on the suggested language to be used in each individual's CD-73. The UFA suggests all members present between March 12th and the 18th utilize this suggested language and submit your own CD-73. Below is the suggested language which can also be found on Diamondplate.

"I was present during the FDNY's operations at Manhattan Box 1406 for the 116th street gas explosion and building collapse between March 12, 2014 and March 18, 2014. I participated in the rescue and recovery effort during this time. I am submitting this single Exposure Report (CD-73) to cover all of my exposure days at Box 1406. I had potential exposures to any or all of the following hazardous substances at the gas explosion and collapse site. These substances included, but were not limited to: explosion and collapse particulate matter, smoke from the subsequent fires, combustibles, asbestos, silicates, manmade vitreous fibers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), PCBs, dioxins, heavy metals and human remains for explosion and collapse site victims."

Delegate Education Seminar Registration Packages Mailed
Registration packages were mailed to all Delegates in February. Seminar registration and hotel room reservations must be made by check only, payable to the "UFA" (phone registration CANNOT be accepted), along with the proper form. It must be returned to the UFA NO LATER THAN APRIL 16th to receive your discounted rate. After April 16th, you'll need to make your room reservation by credit card directly with the hotel at the full-price per-night rate - if rooms are still available. Note: additional registration forms are available on the trustees table.

Defensive Driving Course
The Course will take place on Tuesday, May 12th at 5pm SHARP! Pre-registration is required; PLEASE NOTE - SEATING IS LIMITED! Defensive Driving Participants MUST be pre- registered for class by calling Mike Chierico at 631-587-2435 or 516-527-5838 and leaving a message with their Name and Unit Number. DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE! Class will start promptly at 5pm and registration will close shortly beforehand.

Pension Statements
Albert Connolly will be available for delegates to break down their pension statements. All delegates attending the seminar should print out their personal pension statement via the pension portal on FDNY intranet. (Al's workshop will be held at 4pm on Thursday, May 14th.)

May Union Meeting Reminder
The May 2015 Union Meeting will be held at the Tropicana hotel during the Delegate Education Seminar. It will take place on Friday May 15th.

2015 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial
The 2015 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 19, 2015. The mission of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, which is located in the shadow of Pike's Peak, is to honor the sacrifice made by IAFF members who serve as professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Notify the UFA no later than May 15th with the name and number of a contact person. The IAFF will then invite 2 family members to attend the ceremony in Colorado Springs. The family is responsible for their own travel & hotel arrangements (the IAFF website www.iaff.org has section dedicated to this event).

The UFA will continue, as done in the past, with assisting the family members invited to the service. Any additional family members or fire fighters that would like to attend are permitted.

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.

Change of Beneficiary/Address Checklists
UFA Recording Secretary LeRoy McGinnis reports that Change of Beneficiary and Change of Address Checklists are inside the following three Delegate Manual Booklets: 'Security Benefits Fund', 'NYC Health Plans', and 'Insurances & Free Benefits'. They also include contact information for making changes. More Booklets can be ordered from the Recording Secretary's office at 212-545-6973.


Stephen J. Cassidy