Union Issues, Events & Benefits
- Major Grievance Update
- Fire Commissioner Corrects Statue Impropriety
- Open Letter To FDNY - Very Important - Video Warning
- Scholarship Fund For UFA Delegate's Son
- WNYF Subscriptions - Other Than Firehouse Delivery
- Commemorative Portrait Exhibition
Major Grievance Update
With the turn of the new year we are aggressively getting back into pushing our outstanding grievances including: 60/90-day involuntary details; conducting medicals on training days; providing therapy for line-of-duty light duty firefighters; involuntary details for training at The Rock; violations of PAID 5/74; re-certification of post 1/1/01 hirees for CFR-D; and probies working on a holiday at school. During the last several months, the UFA won the following cases:
There is still an outstanding argument on the impact of this win to members who have already completed the program under the 24+8 guideline. Both parties were directed to negotiate over the monetary compensation of this retroactive issue and if no remedy can be reached, it will go before the arbitrator to decide.
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Fire Commissioner Corrects Statue Impropriety
Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta has reversed another ill advised Von Essen decision - this one concerning the politically correct bronze statue proposed for FDNY headquarters. We are glad to see the new fire commissioner take a fresh approach on some hot topics. This certainly offers a positive outlook towards future labor relations, which can only get better. We thank Commissioner Scoppetta for his actions.
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Open Letter To FDNY - Very Important - Video Warning
James Hanlon from Ladder 1 and Jules and Gedeon Naudet are the filmmakers responsible for the only existing video footage shot in the World Trade Center during the attack of September 11, 2001. They have spent some 8 months filming the experiences of firefighters and many of them have become close friends. It has come to their attention that copies of this footage have been illegally circulating among members of the New York City Fire Department and in firehouses across New York. Such unauthorized use jeopardizes the special distribution and exploitation arrangements that are being currently negotiated in order to present this unique footage to the public in an appropriate manner. As you may not know, James, Jules and Gedeon plan to use the footage to raise money for the UFA Children Scholarship Fund. Diminishing the value of the footage through unauthorized use decreases the value of the footage and will therefore reduce the revenue that the fund will receive. In addition, James, Jules and Gedeon are extremely sensitive to the families of the firefighters portrayed in the footage and wish to provide them with an appropriate opportunity to view the footage for the first time. Unauthorized and unregulated circulation of the tapes increases the likelihood that the footage will fall into the hands of parties who will make use of the footage in an exploitive manner and without regard to the firefighter's families. However, the duplication or display of the footage constitutes copyright infringement under Federal copyright law and may result in criminal prosecutions and/or civil liability for considerable monetary damages. We therefore remind all firefighters of the serious nature of copyright infringement under federal law and we request that the duplication of the footage ceases and that all copies thereof are returned to the UFA immediately. Please, help us do the right thing! Thank you very much. James Hanlon, Jules and Gedeon Naudet.
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Scholarship Fund For UFA Delegate's Son
Haz Mat's UFA Delegate, Phil McArdle, lost his son in a tragic auto accident a week ago. Phil's family and friends intend to keep son Andrew's memory alive with a scholarship that was started in his name. Many members have asked if they could do anything for the family. The answer is simple - please help to build this scholarship fund. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Call Haz Mat for donation details at (718) 476-6288.
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WNYF Subscriptions - Other Than Firehouse Delivery
Subscriptions to the WNYF magazine can be made by any person outside of the firehouse by sending a check and personal information to fire headquarters. The rate is $18 per calendar year (domestic) and begins with issue # 1/2002. Mail your name, complete address, subscription request, and check to: Fire Safety Education Fund, Attention: Robert Scott - Director Fiscal Services, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201-3857.
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Commemorative Portrait Exhibition
Barbara Marcus, a Professor of Fine Art, is organizing an effort to provide families with portraits of fallen rescue workers. In a show of solidarity, highly qualified professional artists will donate their time and talent to provide a lasting portrait for generations to come. Many of the artists are university professors, all of them have extensive resumes. As the paintings are completed they will become part of a traveling exhibit titled, The Face of Courage. Such an exhibition would serve as both a healing force and a solemn reminder of the magnitude of our loss. It would celebrate the lives of the victims and stand as a tribute to their courage. At the end of the show, the paintings would be donated to the families. Please contact her ASAP if you are interested. You can either e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or send photographs and letters to: The Face of Courage, c/o Barbara Marcus, 1430 Wiseburg Road, White Hall, MD 21161. Please note: For our best efforts, we need clear photographs; try to send a close up with strong lighting if possible. A three quarter view is helpful. If you are not sure, send several. You can get excellent copies made these days, without great expense, so please do not send originals. And please remember, there is absolutely no charge for the paintings, we only ask that you be patient as the work is time consuming and organizing this effort cannot be done overnight.
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WILLIAM F. MIRRO
KEVIN E. GALLAGHER