May 4, 2016
Mayors City Budget: The Mayor has added 50 EMS tours to his initial budget. He has also added extra lines for Academy Instructors. The next few EMT classes will consist of 180 students per class. In his preliminary budget he also budgeted for 5 extra tactical units in the Bronx and a pilot program for fly cars (Lieutenant and Paramedic). We are glad he understands as the call volume continues to grow, so must our resources. This does not address the privatization issue and the gap, which was left by Transcare in our system. Only 16 tours of those 50 are stated for the Bronx. We are led to believe the hospitals in the Bronx who were allowed to contract out to other third party private ambulance services will be evaluated in six months. We will continue to push the City in absorbing these tours.
Negotiations: On or about April 15, 2016 the Union met at the Office of Labor Relations with the City of New York and the Fire Department to continue forward with our negotiations. The City and the Union came to terms on the language of the alternative work schedule (12 hour tours). The only incomplete issue was an agreement of the economic package. On or about April 20, 2016 our attorneys, negotiator and both EMS presidents met at OLR until about 11pm to come closer to an understanding with the economic package. We believe to be close and expect a possible date with the city very soon.
Legislation: On April 20, 2016 the New York City’s Actuary’s office presented a fiscal note for our Fire Protection Inspectors 25 and Out Pension Bill. It was sent to Albany for the official drafting of the bill. The official bill with the attached fiscal note should be delivered to our City Council for a home rule message shortly. At which point we will lobby the City Council for this home rule message. We continue to await our fiscal note for our Chapter 96 Refund Bill. We will keep you advised.
Member Scholarship: The N.Y.S Honorary Fire Chiefs association has offered the Union two $3,000.00 scholarships for members of EMS who are enrolled in college for the 2016 school year. Members planning to enroll are also eligible. Interested applicants should follow directions listed on our website or members update.
EMS Night at Citi Field: Come join your brothers and sisters and celebrate EMS week as the METS take on The Washington Nationals. Our Pipes and Drums, Color Guard and many other out of State EMS providers will be present. One of our own will sing Gold Bless America. Portion of each ticket sold through our online network setup by Citi Field will benefit the National EMS Memorial Foundation. Hope to see you there.