65-2 #26 October 21, 2002

Union & Health Issues, Events, Fundraisers & Benefits

  • Contract
  • UFA Constitution Amendments
  • Central Park Rally: Great Job Bravest!
  • NYC City Council Steps Up for Firefighters (*see postponement note)
  • 'FDNY Is Worth It' Ad Campaign Launches
  • CFR-D Recertification 32 Hour Training Requirement
  • Proby TPRs: Overtime Corrections
  • NYC Firefighters Eligible for Public Assistance

Events, Fundraisers & Benefits:

  • Marty Golden for NYS Senate: Need Rally Help & Volunteers
  • Health Benefits Fall 2002 Transfer Period
  • Health Benefits Waiver Buy-Out Program
  • Last Call for UFA Scholarship Fund Applications
  • Nino's Restaurant Reopens
  • False Solicitors in Our Name
  • FDNY Defeats NYPD Boxing Team at Cyclone Stadium
  • Brother Needs Help!
  • 1st Annual B.C. Dennis A. Cross Eagle Run
  • FDNY 12 Step Fall Workshop--in Memory of Father Mychal
  • Holy Name Society of Man.-Bx.-S.I. H.S. Scholarship
  • Ireland 2003 "A Time For Healing Trip"
  • Mt. Sinai WTC Worker Medical Screening Program Correction
  • Montauk Viking Fleet Group Firefighter Special
  • Tom Gardiner Memorial Comedy Caravan
    (to Benefit the Thomas Elsasser Widows and Children's Fund)
  • Free Concert for Labor's WTC Heroes

Contract
The delegates at the last union meeting voted down the tentative
Contract from last summer by a vote of 365 to 2. This now opens the door for the UFA to begin negotiations with the city, which it had refused to do prior to a negative vote of that contract. Formal negotiations began Tuesday, October 22nd.

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UFA Constitution Amendments
The five constitution amendments that were to be acted upon at the
October union meeting were withdrawn by all submitters at the request of the Executive Board. Urgent and time consuming contract issues at the Union Meeting took precedence, and all agreed to consider resubmission for action in the April, 2003 meeting, as required by the UFA Constitution.

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Central Park Rally: Great Job Bravest!
Once again, YOU demonstrated to New York and the entire country that we're not only heroic, but that we act with dignity. Numerous images and stories in the media of thousands of firefighters and families standing for hours in the cold, rain and mud made a bold statement to the people of New York: their protectors are grossly underpaid and desperately need their Help to push our elected officials to pay firefighters what they're worth. New Yorkers need to continue seeing this side of our story in order for our campaign to be effective. The Board knows you have sacrificed a hard-earned day off with your families to be part of the rally.

On behalf of the UFA Board we would like to thank your families for once again being supportive, and for all the hard sacrifices they have made during this past year.

The great pride and respect you continue to demonstrate truly exemplifies what being a role model is all about. We could not have been more impressed and proud of those who turned out on such an ugly day. Public awareness will continue to be a key element in our campaign to secure a fair contract for the membership. Your support is critical to our success! Delegates and Senior Firefighters--You did a great job! The Executive Board and membership once again thanks you for your leadership--which is THE reason everything went so well.

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NYC City Council Steps Up for Firefighters (*see postponement note)
On Monday, October 28th, 12 Noon, on the steps of City Hall. Yvette
D. Clarke, Chairperson of the NYC Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice has asked our help in staging a rally to help secure better wages for New York's Bravest and to pass pension legislation to help us keep our most experienced firefighters. Let's have a strong turnout. The City Council will have a critical impact on our ability to secure a fair raise. Those who support us deserve our support. Our PR efforts are encouraging others to join us. More info to follow. Notice previously faxed to firehouses on 10/22.

*faxed 10/23 to all firehouses:
City Council Postpones Rally Due to scheduling conflicts with members of the City Council, the rally that was planned for Monday, October 28th has been postponed. Councilwoman Yvette Clarke, Chair of the City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services stands strongly in solidarity with us. This delay should not suggest that the city council is not supporting us. They intend to hold the rally in the near future.

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'FDNY Is Worth It' Ad Campaign Launches
The campaign theme is: 'Everyone remembers what the FDNY did one day. Maybe one day they'll get paid like it.' Posters, flyers, billboards, TV & radio spots, movie theatre pre-show viewings and web banners have photos and positive statements from elected officials, celebrities and average New Yorkers.

This grass roots advertising campaign begins this week. At present all costs, about $1.7 million in services, have been contributed by businesses and average New Yorkers who happen to be high-level professionals in these fields. The people of New York City are standing up for us in respons to FDNY members going almost 4 years without a raise!

Tens of thousands of post cards that call the public to action will be distributed at stores, bars and restaurants by scores of civilian volunteers. A special web site and phone bank were created, allowing supporters to directly e-mail or call Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg. Posters (2'x 3') and post cards will be available to all firehouses for placement in local stores. Make sure you have a member assigned to immediately pick them up at locations the UFA announces. This is your chance to stand up for yourselves, courtesy of the good people of New York City! Visit www.fdnyisworthit.com or call 212-983-HERO.

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CFR-D Recertification 32 Hour Training Requirement
Arbitrator Alan R. Viani previously ruled in favor of the UFA, on October 15th, 2001, in a grievance that required the Department to provide members 32 hours of CFR-D recertification training, on overtime. The State exam is not to be part of this 32 hours. If any members do not receive 32 hours of OT when recertifying, please fax a brief note, and TPR copies, documenting the deficient CFR-D OT to the UFA , ATTN: Joe Miccio at 212-683-0710. This is necessary to enforce Department compliance.

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Proby TPRs: Overtime Corrections
The Probationary FF's that were working in your F/H for the last 3 months and just sent back to the "Rock" for additional training need your help.

There are 3 groups that should be getting an O/T mark because they worked Friday, Oct. 11th and Saturday, Oct. 12th night tours (groups 3,4,5) prior to being called back for additional training. If you had a proby in that situation, make sure they get an O/T - TPR mark for Tuesday's day tour, October 22nd when they were ordered to the "Rock".

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NYC Firefighters Eligible for Public Assistance
The New York State WIC Program provides free milk, cheese, eggs,
cereal, baby formula and other food to families of four that earn less than $33,485 per year, families of 5 that earn less than $39,183 per year, families of 6 that earn less than $44,881 per year. For each additional family member, add $5,698 to the income level needed to be eligible.

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Marty Golden for NYS Senate: Need Rally Help & Volunteers
The UFA has endorsed Marty Golden for New York State Senate in Brooklyn's 22nd District. This includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend and Marine Park. As we get closer to election day volunteers are needed for various duties. A couple of hours is all we are asking. Contact FF Peter DiSalvo, who is E-219 Delegate at 1-800-275-5885, ext. 201; please leave a message.

Help needed these dates:

  • Campaign Rally, Saturday, October 26th, 10:45am, Knights of
    Columbus, 476 76th St., Brooklyn.

    Members of UFOA and UFA Executive Board will participate. Large turnout needed!

  • Sunday, October 27th, 11am to 3pm, Golden Campaign Headquarters, 9306 4th Ave., Brooklyn

  • Saturday/Sunday, November 2rd & 3rd, 11am to 3pm, Goldin Campaign Headquarters

  • Monday, November 4th, all day, Golden Campaign Headquarters

  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 5th, all afternoon, Bay Ridge
    Manor, 476 76th Street.

Notice previously faxed to firehouses on 10/22.

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Health Benefits Fall 2002 Transfer Period
The 2002 Health Benefits Transfer Period begins October 15th, 2002 and ends on November 15th, 2002. Health plans changes requested during the Transfer Period will be effective the first full payroll period in January 2003.

During the Transfer Period, you may transfer into another health plan offered by the City, add or drop Optional Rider coverage, add or drop dependents. To transfer, add or drop an Optional Rider, or add or drop dependents, you must submit a Health Benefits Application (ERB) to the Health Plans Unit, 6th Floor, Bureau of Personnel Resources. If you need an application, call the Health Plans Unit at (718) 999-2196/2171 or you can download from the City's website, www.nyc.gov/html/olr

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Health Benefits Waiver Buy-Out Program
D The Health Benefits Buy-Out Waiver Program entitles all eligible members (active only) to a cash incentive payment for waiving their City health benefits if non-City group health coverage is available to them. Annual payments, which are taxable income, are $500 for those waiving individual coverage and $1,000 for those waiving family coverage.

To elect the Waiver Buy-Out Program or change health premium contribution tax status, you must fill out both a Health Benefits Application and a Medical Spending Conversion Enrollment Change Form. You can obtain forms by calling the Health Plans Unit at (718) 999-2196/2171 or you can download from the City's website, www.nyc.gov/html/olr. Forms must be completed and returned to the Health Plans Unit no later than November 15th, 2002.

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Last Call for UFA Scholarship Fund Applications
Cut-off date is November 1st. Remember, this is for college students, not current high school students. Applications can be downloaded from the UFA website by clicking HERE. Or call the UFA Scholarship Fund, Ann Elizabeth at 212-683-4723, ext. 5950.

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Nino's Restaurant Reopens
Nino's closed its doors to the public on Sept. 13th, 2001 right through the spring and served Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers over 500,000 meals on site free of charge. Business finally closed at the end of the spring due to financial limitations. Nino's finally acquired the loans to reopen its doors to the public on September 30th, 2002. Your patronage (and your families and friends) and support are necessary to get this family owned establishment humming. The UFA suggests that each company plan at least one dinner outing at Nino's each year: 431 Canal Street, 212-966-5110. They were there for us. Let's be there for Nino and his family!

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False Solicitors in Our Name
An organization allegedly known as the "Firefighters Assistance Foundation" is making phone calls soliciting contributions, claiming the money will go to firefighters. When asked for a tax ID number, they cannot or do not answer. They claim the charity is in White Plains but the phone calls come from a location on New Utrecht Avenue in Brooklyn. We were able to get a phone number for them: 1-888-775-7789. Please inform your friends and family that the UFA does not make solicitous calls.

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FDNY Defeats NYPD Boxing Team at Cyclone Stadium
An evening of boxing was enjoyed by all in September at Cyclone Stadium, where FDNY defeated NYPD 9 to 3. A nice crowd cheered them on, including the Fire and Police Commissioners. The event was dedicated to the 343 brothers lost on 9-11. The following members made us proud in victory: Greg McGuinness L-102, Richie Murphy L-17, Steve Porras E-23, Mike Kelly E-8, Devin Powers L-7, Francescia Smith L-18, Brian Wheeler L-123, Dennis Riley E-156, Brian Windsor E-241, Danny O'Connor L-48, Doug Barry E-238, Tommy Cadote L-170. Working the corners were: Dennis Crowe Marine Division, Eddie Brown L-48, Bobby McGuire Retired, Manny Fernandez Retired, and John Signorelli Retired coordinated the show.

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Brother Needs Help!
Recently Lt. Jimmy McCaffrey received some disturbing news. His brother Peter, a Yonkers FD Lt., was diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately this is not Peter's first bout with cancer. Peter was an avid fundraiser for our 9-11 victims. Please help Peter and his family wage another successful battle by supporting this fundraiser. Grand prize: Round trip tickets to Hawaii (air and hotel). Only 500 raffles to be sold at $100 per ticket. Drawing on November 6th. Contact Charles McCormack L-31, 718-430-0282 or 914-793-0464.

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1st Annual B.C. Dennis A. Cross Eagle Run
The first annual 5k Eagle Run is on October 26th at 10:30am (also includes a 1/4 mile kids Fun Run) at Heckscher State Park. Many awards. Check in: 8:00am - 9:30am, Oct. 26th inside the park at race start (follow signs). Parking & rest rooms are at the race site. Food and drinks served after the race. Clowns for the kids. On sight registration is $20. Make checks payable to the Dennis A. Cross Eagle Run. Includes t-shirt. Sponsored by: B-57/ E-235 (718-965-8235/fax 718-399-1838); E-209/L-102 (718-965-8209/fax 718-797-1444.) Previously faxed to firehouses 10/22 & on President's Report.

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FDNY 12 Step Fall Workshop--in Memory of Father Mychal
Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 6:00pm dinner, 7:00 - 10:00 workshop. Suggested
donation per workshop: $20 - $25. If you need an overnight room RSVP by Nov 11th to 718-727-3844. Mount Manresa Retreat House, 239 Fingerboard Road,

Staten Island, NY 10305. Follow FDNY signs inside to the meeting place.
The 12 step program traditions will be observed and anonymity is respected. Info: Chris K 212-947-6725, Everett W. 718-987-6694, Bill M. 718-727-3426, Ernie M. 718-761- 4899, Ed H. 631-345-9318, Jim C. 845-291-7055, Scott H. 718-816-6948, Bill D. 516-872-4219, Mike T. 718-979-5498.

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Holy Name Society of Man.-Bx.-S.I. H.S. Scholarship
Dec. 7th, 2002, 8:30am at Sacred Heart School, 457 West 51st Street, New York, NY. Six awards granted up to $1000 per year for R.C. High Schools.

Also, Fordham Prep H.S. in the Bronx. Available for 8th grade family of H.N. Society members. Deadline is November 23rd. Mail Applications to Dispatcher William P. Treanor, 98 Bay Street, Bronx, NY 10464 or call 718-885-0648.

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Ireland 2003 "A Time For Healing Trip"
March 18-28th, 2003. The International Emergency Council"Firefighters Ball" in Dublin as part of a 10-day tour of Ireland with optional days in England.

Events include:

  • Firefighter banquet and ball in Dublin
  • Reception with Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
  • Reception with Councillor Anthony Creevy, Lord Mayor of Dublin
  • Reception at the Waterford Crystal Factory
  • Fire Service events with the Fire Brigade of Killarney
  • Additional Golf Days
  • Wedding at Bunratty Castle
  • Many other social events

$1900.00 including airfare, first class hotel, breakfast, all meals on travel days, entertainment, gala dinners in Dublin, Medieval banquet and much more! $500.00 deposit p.p. required. Balance due January 17, 2003. For info: 650-508-9008 or www.icetraining.org. Checks to payable to: Passport to the World/ ICE-Ireland (Visa and Mastercard). Contact Anne Fenton at the UFA for further information 212-545-6965.

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Mt. Sinai WTC Worker Medical Screening Program Correction
The Mount Sinai Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine
has informed us that their medical screening program grant funding does not cover firefighters. Please remove item number 7 from 65-2 #25 of 2002.

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Montauk Viking Fleet Group Firefighter Special

  • One night mid-week: $89 pp, buffet lunch upon arrival, night fishing for giant striped bass, accommodations in the heart of Montauk's Harbor.

  • Two nights: mid-week $159 pp, weekend $219 pp. Day one: Buffet lunch upon arrival, night fishing for giant striped bass, accommodations in the heart of Montauk's Harbor. Day two: half -day sea bass/porgy fishing or nine holes of golf at Montauk Downs. Four course prime rib dinner.

  • Prices based on triple occupancy motel rooms, groups of 30 (custom packages available), includes ice, bait, tackle and overnight fish storage. Jitney round trip available at $40 pp.

  • Call 631-872-4822 for info or low prices for smaller groups.

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Tom Gardiner Memorial Comedy Caravan
(to Benefit the Thomas Elsasser Widows and Children's Fund)

In memory of the members past from Haz-Mat 1 and Squad 288. Come to the show that's closest to you. 11/21: Brokerage, Bellmore. 11/27: Gotham , W. 22nd Street, NYC. 12/1: Govenours, Levittown. 12/5: Maguries, Bohemia. 12/6: Banana's, Poughkeepsie. 12/7: Stiches, Nanuet. 12/13: Gateway, Medford. Tickets: $12. (A small portion also go towards the Scholarship fund set up in Tom Gardner's name at Queens College.) Reservations or for more info: John LaRocchia at Haz-Mat 1 Gr. 2, 718-429-8655, or 516-972-9943 or e-mail LAR6622@AOL.COM.

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Free Concert for Labor's WTC Heroes
On their cultural tour of NY from Ireland, Voices of the Duhallow Region proudly presents a special concert performance for labor's heroes from the WTC tragedy on Wednesday, October 30th, 2002. Place: Pedestrian Plaza in the North Cove Yacht Marina at the World Financial Center Plaza in lower Manhattan, off Liberty Street. Sponsored by the UFA, UFOA and New York Friends of Ireland.

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Fraternally,

Joseph A. Miccio
Recording Secretary,

Stephen J. Cassidy
President