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President's Report

January 7, 2015

State of the Union

Let us begin by thanking each and every one of you for your continued support for the leadership of this Local. Your trust has not been taken for granted, nor is it misplaced. We have endured some serious challenges within the last few years and continue moving forward as we protect our profession and the benefits for which we all hold so dear. Many groups around the country continue to bash or blame Unions for their problems and this trend has continued in several states. Certain groups will continue to advocate for diminished pension and medical benefits for public employees. We must remain diligent and prepared to address and protect the very fabric of what Unions represent. This country was built by Unions. The public employees that serve the City of New York is what makes New York City the greatest city in the world.

The year 2014 was a very interesting year for our members and public employees around the city. After twenty years of Republican Mayor’s, a very progressive Democrat was elected with a different vision of our city and it’s workforce. This new administration under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio has proven to recognize the value, service and professionalism each and every one of you shows on a day-to-day basis. For many years we have been burdened with a lack of image prospective. That has slowly changed, your services are recognized by this new administration, the press, local officials and state officials. We now continue to protect the public as always to maintain our positive image.

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Vice President's Report

January 7, 2015

Let me start off by welcoming everyone back from the holiday season and wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

Perry vs. NYC:  While our FLSA Lawsuit is gearing up to start deposition, Woodley & McGillivary are confident that everything is going well. Our 100 members met with the lawyers of Woodley and McGillivary in November in preparation for the upcoming depositions. While there have been some tentative agreements between the city and Local 3621’s FLSA Lawsuit, it would be a positive impact on our case when it comes to fruition.

BITS / CCU: While 2014 was a busy year at BITS; cases have dropped compared to the amount of cases in 2013. With approximately 1700 CCU complaints logged in for 2014, 100 of those complaints were actually interviewed at BITS. 188 disciplinary cases were adjudicated at BITS for 2014, down 10 % from the previous year. The reason I am sharing this information and numbers is to show you that the majority of our close to 3500 members are doing the right thing out in the field and need to know. I thank you.

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It is with Deep Regret to Announce the Passing of

EMT Brian Saks
Station 50

Wake
Wednesday January 7, 2015
1:00pm – 6:00pm

Weigand Funeral Home
49 Hillside Ave
Williston Park, NY 11596
(516) 746-4484

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Members that would like to attend
NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu’s
Funeral Service

Sunday January 4, 2015
should gather on

12th Avenue & 65th Street

IS 187 Christa McAuliffe Junior High School Brooklyn, New York
at 8:00A.M.

Class A Uniforms are authorized

In Solidarity,

Joe Conzo, Vice President, Local 2507
Vincent Variale, President, Local 3621

 

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Members that would like to attend
NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos's
Funeral Service

Saturday December 27, 2014
should gather on

66th Street between Myrtle Ave and Cooper Ave.

Queens at 8:00 A.M

You will then be marched over to a section in the
formation line.

Class A Uniforms are authorized

In Solidarity,

Joe Conzo, Vice President    Vincent Variale, President

Local 2507          Local 3621

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Member Update

Fraternal Brothers & Sisters,
Due to the unfortunate events that occurred over the weekend with NYPD Officers, we are asking all members to use extreme caution whenever in uniform and while operating on all emergency responses. Should members encounter crowds or other issues that may endanger your safety, please proceed with caution and do not hesitate to request the appropriate resources.

Members who have never been fitted for Body Armor or those who have lost or stolen reports endorsed and submitted should contact the Quartermaster at (718) 352-2363 and speak to Joseph Galizia or Mary Mercado for direction and fitting dates.

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Fraternal Brothers and Sisters: In light of the decision of "No Indictment" in the Eric Gardner Death, we are asking all members to use extreme caution while operating on all emergency calls. If you should encounter large crowds on any emergency call please request the appropriate resources, and proceed with caution. Your Safety Is Paramount ! In Solidarity Israel Miranda President...
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President's Report

November 5, 2014

Ebola Virus: On October 10, 2014 the Union met with Management, F.D.N.Y Doctors and the Commissioners office to discuss our concerns and working together to address current and future policy. We discussed the lack of distribution of the current policy, additional education, training and appropriate personal protection equipment. Management was very receptive to our concerns. They agreed to have haz-mat units first recommended to these particular call types. These members are highly trained in donning and doffing of P.P.E and decontamination. The department will supply additional training and isolation suits to all members in the field or where appropriate. Our policies will be updated as additional information is received. The department has made a request for a second pair of bunker gear with the city. The department has ordered 100 non-contact infrared thermometer (temperature gun).

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Vice President's Report

November 5, 2014

Woodley & McGillivary: The lawyers of Woodley & McGillivary spent two weeks out the month of October at the union office speaking with members of the service regarding the Perry vs. FDNY/NYC FlSA Lawsuit.  All of the members that are scheduled to give depositions on our lawsuit had the chance to sit down with the lawyers and talk to them about the upcoming depositions.  It was a huge success, Thank you!

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Firefighters, Bronx residents saved from carbon monoxide trap after responding EMS crew's meter goes off in building

The firefighters were unaware they had walked into a building Monday that was engulfed in the odorless, colorless fumes — which can be deadly with enough exposure. It wasn’t until the EMS crew from Station 15 in Wakefield got on the scene that an alarm was sounded.

By Joseph Stepansky, Ginger Adams Otis

Published: November 3, 2014

Firefighters responding to a call for a sick person in the Bronx Monday night nearly got caught in a carbon monoxide trap — but an EMS crew coming behind them averted disaster.

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