Union Meeting's President's Report

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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

Tier 3 Disability Benefit Legislation
City Council Hearings on Home rule
On Friday May 29th a hearing was held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall: The UFA Executive Board would like to Thank those members that attended the press conference and hearing.

Albany Rally June 10th
With the Albany legislative session winding down, a rally was held on the steps of the State Capital, with many elected officials showing support for our newly hired members. The Executive Board would like to Thank all our Active and Retired members that made the trip via bus or car to fight for our cause.

Where we stand now
UFA President Steve Cassidy will update the membership at today's meeting.

PBA Election/PERB Hearings
The UFA would like to congratulate Pat Lynch on his reelection as President of the PBA.

The PBA PERB Arbitration is continuing this week, Steve will update the membership today.

Police Commissioner Bratton and many other Officials have sent Thanks to the FDNY, UFA, UFOA for the turnout and assistance given to P.O. Brian Moore Wake & Funeral.

Labor Relations/ Contract talks
UFA President Steve Cassidy will update the membership on any ongoing discussions with OLR concerning our contract.

BISP Pilot Program
Both the UFA/UFOA agreed to allow the Department to extend the current pilot program, an additional 90 days and increase by 12 the number of units involved. We anticipate the new units will begin on/about June 15th.

UFA Delegate Seminar
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
The Executive board would like to thank all delegates that attended the 2015 Seminar at the Tropicana hotel, we hope that each delegate picked up useful information and relayed it to their individual firehouse. In order to make next year's seminar more successful, please see the Recording Secretary with any suggestions or ideas. The agenda and course titles are also posted on the UFA website. Besides the time you spend at our Education Seminar, we realize you invest considerable time throughout the year in order to educate yourself on issues of importance to your members. We'd like to thank you once again for all you do and the leadership role you take. It does make a difference!

Proper Hydration
The Health & Safety Office would like to remind all members of the importance of ongoing hydration as the summer months approach. Please remember that hydration needs to begin before a fire. It is important to drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages throughout your tour and before your tour in order to prevent dehydration. By arriving at a fire scene even mildly dehydrated, the stress on your heart will increase significantly. The Health & Safety Office has a hydration handout that you should familiarize yourself with. Heat exhaustion needs to be treated to prevent heat stroke. Heat stroke can result in altered mental status, seizures, the inability to sweat and hot dry skin. These should be considered life-threatening emergencies. A firefighter who is not sweating anymore or is showing signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion needs immediate medical intervention. Look out for each other.

Heat Index for Signal 10-51
The summer heat will be upon us soon. When the Heat Index ('Feels Like' or 'Real Feel' temperature) is 105 degrees or more, a Signal 10-51 is mandated, in accordance with Fire Prevention Manual Chapter 3, Addendum 2. The Heat Index is reported by the National Weather Service (NWS) hourly and is also regularly reported in the media as 'Feels Like' or 'Real Feel' temperature. Exact current 'Feels Like' temperatures (Heat Index and also Wind Chill Index) can be found on the NWS web site at www.srh.noaa.gov/zipcity.php by entering your zip code. The bottom of the UFA website home page also has a weather link to obtain this info. Your On-Duty Officer is responsible to make immediate notifications to the Battalion whenever the 'Feels Like' temperature warrants a signal 10-51 and it is not given over the teleprinter.

Delegate ID Photos
Delegate ID photos will be taken at the September 10th Union meeting.

UFA Committees UFA Scholarship Committee
The Committee will meet immediately following today's Union Meeting. The following Committee Members should anticipate being called in for meetings: Battalion Advisory Committee (July/August) Constitution Committee (September)

UFA Financial Statement
UFA Treasurer Edward Brown reported that the UFA Financial Statement was mailed to all Firehouses and Delegate home addresses, as per the UFA constitution.

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.

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