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President's Report

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.

 

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda
President

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Vice President's Report

May 4, 2016

Statements: Members are reminded when asked to write a statement it would behoove them to reach out to a delegate. Once a member hands in a statement, you cannot take it back! Members are should always reach out to a delegate to get some guidance prior to writing a statement.

On the same note, members need to understand that when given a direct order by a supervisor they must obey the direct order. We can always put in a grievance later if warranted. “Obey and Grieve”

BITS Investigators: If you happened to be in the boro that the bits investigators are at, just do your job. They have a job to do and so do you. There should be no reason why units should be refusing jobs. I’m not going to start with the what if game. Just imagine a family member requesting an ambulance and you found out that there was a delay because units were refusing jobs. Imagine!!  Don’t do it!

Union Poster:  The Union is pleased to announce this years winner of the 3rd Annual Union EMS Week Poster is Paramedic Kyra Neeley and EMT Alex Arroyo. Congratulations and thank you!

EMS Week: EMS Week 2016 is fast approaching. Members should check with their stations for a list of events that will be taking place during the week. Members are encouraged to show support throughout the week.

Happy EMS Week and be safe!

 

Sincerely,

Joseph Conzo

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Member Update

City Council Hearing Postponed

Please be advised that the City Council Hearing being held on Monday May 2, 2016 at 10:00 am has been Postponed.

 

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda
President

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Member Update

The NYS Honorary Fire Chiefs Association has offered the Union two $3,000.00 scholarships for members of EMS. Members of both Locals are eligible to apply for these grants. Any members planning to enroll or are enrolled in college for the 2016 school year may apply.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest addressed to Israel Miranda, President of Local 2507, 4709 30th Street Suite 300 Long Island City, New York, 11101 by June 1, 2016. The letter should be approximately three paragraphs long and should indicate why you should be considered for the scholarship and what your overall objectives are once you have obtained your degree and how it will benefit your career in the FDNY. You should also list your current college standing, number of credits earned, the name of the college you are attending and any contributions you have made to the department, union or your community

 

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda
President

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Members Update

Press Conference

 

Brothers and Sisters,

On Wednesday April 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM on the Steps of City Hall members are encouraged to come and show support with the union along with elected officials, as we will hold a press conference to address the abandonment of 81 tours and 27 ambulances by Transcare in the 911 system.

To contract out vital 911 emergency services to a 3rd party private ambulance service is detrimental to the public and our city and is a public safety issue.

 

The Steps of City Hall
Wednesday April 13, 2016
9:30 AM

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda
President

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Member Update

MSOC 2015 at FDNY

Please be advised that Local 2507 have tickets available for MSOC
(Medical Special Operations Conference)
April 30, 2016 and May 1, 2016
At
Randall’s Island.

Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis

If you are interested in attending MSOC, please call the Local 2507 Union office at (718) 371-0310 as soon as possible to reserve a ticket and for any questions you may have.

B Platoon is off

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EMS Night at Citi Field

Come join the Mets for EMS Night at Citi Field on Thursday May 19, 2016 at 7:10PM

Show your support for Emergency Medical Services while cheering for the Mets as they take on the Washington Nationals

Sit together with fellow EMS members, family and friends in our
Big Apple Reserved or Promenade Reserved

A portion of each ticket sold ONLY through this online offer will benefit the National EMS Memorial Fund.

The first 1,000 to purchase through this offer will receive a Mike Piazza replica jersey and one lucky squad member will throw out the first pitch!

Ticket Prices:
Big Apple Reserved: $35.00
Promenade Reserved: $21.00

To purchase tickets, please visit WWW.METS.COM/EMSPROMO

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JOIN THE METS FOR OUR 13TH ANNUAL EMS DAY AS THEY TAKE ON THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS! THURSDAY, MAY 19 VS THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS

May 19th at 7:10 PM

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President's Report

April 6, 2016

Contract Negotiations: On March 7, 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 Union shared its identified changes to be made to the AWS document, which also included adding EMD’s participation in the pilot. The City and Fire Department had no objections at the time to our language changes, which we submitted.

On March 9, 2016 we met at the Office of Labor Relations to discuss Fire Protection Inspector issues. At this negotiation meeting another version of a step pay plan was shared with the City for their review. We await their response. On March 11, 2016 we met with the City to discuss the parameters for gain sharing, which has become an on going process, which continues to be discussed. Our next negotiation meeting will be held on April 15, 2016. We will keep you advised.

Transcare: As we are all aware, Transcare has dropped out of the 911 system. This is an immediate loss of 27 ambulances, which cover 81 tours. It is also known that we do not have the vehicles and extra personnel to cover 81 additional tours. We hope that the experience of this event will send a clear message that privatization of essential and vital 911 services should not be contracted out to private ambulance companies. This is a public safety issue. Our members have done an outstanding job covering these tours on overtime. What we need is a commitment from our administration to fund these tours and resources required.

Legislative Report: We have been in communication with the New York City’s Actuary’s Office as we continue to await our fiscal notes for our 25 and Out Pension Bill for Fire Inspectors and our Chapter 96 Refund Bill. We will advise.

EMS Graduation: On March 30, 2016 we had 118 new EMT’s graduate from our Academy. Shortly after a class of 180 EMT’s will begin at Fort Totten.  Good luck to these members as they start their new careers.

Fredrick’s Vs. California Teachers Association: On March 29, 2016 our nation’s highest court the Supreme Court ruled on this case, which would have hurt many unions. It voted a 4 to 4 tie, which means the lower court decision stands and preserves a 1977 Supreme Court decision. (Abood Vs. Detroit Board of Education). This hands a defeat to the wealthy special interest groups, whose mission is to destroy unions.

St. Patrick’s Day: Thank you to everyone who came out to march on St. Patrick’s Day. The after parade gathering at St. Ignatius Loyola Church was excellent.

EMS Week at Citi Field: Join the METS and the union’s for the 13th Annual EMS Day as they take on the Washington Nationals on Thursday May 19, 2016. Show support for emergency medical services while enjoying the game. Portions of each ticket sold through a soon to be published online offer will benefit the National EMS Memorial Fund. As soon as we receive the information, we will share it with all.

Stay United!

 

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda
President

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Vice President's Report

April 6, 2016

3rd Annual Local 2507 EMS Poster:  EMS Week 2016 is fast approaching. The local would like to invite all photographers / artists to submit an image or files for the 2016 Local 2507 EMS poster. This year’s theme is “Everyday Heroes”. Please submit your images and files no later then April 30, 2016 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The winner will be announced at next months General Membership on May 4, 2016 at 7:00pm. The poster will be printed and distributed during EMS week 2016.

BITS / CCU: Members are reminded to always contact / document any unusual occurrence that happens on a call. Anything unusual can be a patient stubbing their toe while entering the vehicle to a patient leaving prior to being triaged. So to quote a member who came down to BITS “When in doubt, Boss it out”!

MSOC 2016:  The 4th Annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC) in partnership with the FDNY foundation is coming up.  MSOC will be at the FDNY Academy Randall’s Island April 30, 2016 thru May 1, 2016. The local will be purchasing twenty (20) tickets to give away on a first come first serve basis. All EMTs and Paramedics that are interested in going must be off on B Platoon that weekend. Please contact the local with your interest or you can go to www.fdnypro.org/msoc to register.

Did you know that in 1973 President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to be celebrated throughout the Country. This will be our 42nd year celebrating EMS Week.

Sincerely,

Joseph Conzo

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On Sunday April 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM, Local 2507 will participate in a radio show on WBLS with Norman Seabrook.

President Miranda will discuss the impact of Transcare abandoning our 911 systems on February 24, 2016.

They will also discuss other issues related to Public Employees.

We encourage members to tune in.

"In Unity there is Strength"

In Solidarity;

Israel Miranda
President

 

Note: An earlier edition of this post listed an incorrect time. The broadcast is 7:00 PM, April 3rd.

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