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LABOR LIAISON – NOVEMBER 2016

ELECTION IS OVER WHAT IS TO BE DONE

Now that the presidential election of 2016 is part of history, what should labor do?
…Build power and to organize in anti-union era. Both parties courted the working
class and divided us by nationality as well as documented and undocumented. Because organized union labor is down to 11.3% compared to 20.1% in 1983, it is my opinion that our power is limited.  We need to step up our organizing and push what ever party is in power to support union check off, rather than pushing anti-union measures like “Right to Work” laws which prohibit agreements between employers and labor unions.

Let us not forget that the working class is large and diverse, and class is a matter of
relationship and power, not a job title. To have a real analysis of class in the United States, we must examine six realities and trends that exist:

  1. wage shifts by occupation
  2. the shift from industrial to low paying service jobs
  3. rising education wage differentials
  4. the eroded minimum wage
  5. unemployment
  6. levels of household income

Never forget that class is not in a box that we fit based on our personal attributes, and not isolated and self-contained. We, as the working class, have the power once we understand that our diversity makes us a strong family that goes beyond skin color, place of birth, or religion. # working class matters.

REFERENCES:
The Working Class Majority: Americas Best- Kept Secret, Michael Zweig

The State of Working America 2004- 2005, Michael Bernstein and Allegretto, The
Economic Policy Institute

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Member Update

The upcoming suspension of our KVO policy due to the upcoming promotional exam is wrong. The local’s stance is that the Department had ample time to address this matter and should not punish members who are not taking the exam. We disagree with their position and continue to voice our discontent with EMS order # 60 supplemental 3 at labor relations. The Departments lack of preparation does not construe an emergency on our part.

We will keep you advised.

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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Member Update

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Have you ever thought of doing a Triathlon?* Or have you ever wondered how to become a stronger competitor? Come to the FDNY Triathlon Team info session to meet our board members, talk to current team members, and hear what we have planned for the 2017 season.

When: December 7th at 6:30pm

Where: The Rock FDNY Training Academy, Building 12 cafeteria

This meeting is open to anyone that might be interested in joining our team, or just wants to learn more. For questions or information, contact Paramedic Eddie Signer Station 57 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Member Update

 

Any member who was chosen from the Civil Service list for promotion to the Lieutenants title and told to appear in uniform at 9 Metro Tech on their pass day will be Compensated as per the Department.

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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Member Update

2507 Political Action Wins

Our Union's political actions fieldwork and endorsements paid big dividends on Election Day 2016 as the candidates we supported scored big wins. Especially rewarding was the huge win by now State Senator Elect Elaine Phillips in Nassau County. Our campaign field operation helped her win election by a significant margin over her opponent.

The local has long supported candidates who have proven their understanding and support of EMS, our members and our families. We fight hard to help keep EMS friendly elected officials in office and to ensure anti-labor candidates who would harm our membership do not replace them.

As we enter a new era in politics in our nation, it will be increasingly important that our State and New York City elected officials remain labor and EMS friendly. Our political action program over the years has helped us to build enduring relationships of understanding and trust with elected officials in Albany and New York City.

A special thanks to our members who participated in this year's campaign field operations. You show that our union will fight in the trenches to support those who support us!

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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Member Update

Union Representation for New Members

All new members are hired by Civil Service Appointment. All new members must serve one (1) year in probationary status. Probationary employees ARE entitled to union representation as enshrined by the 1975 Supreme Court Weingarten Rights decision.

Any member that is denied union representation should contact the union office immediately.

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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Member Update

On November 21, 2016 the Local met with the Office of Labor Relations in order to resolve payroll issues associated with 12 Hour Tours.

It was agreed that whenever a member works on a holiday all hours worked would be paid holiday premium and any hours worked beyond 40 would be paid at the standard overtime rate.

In the event a holiday falls on the 4th day of a 12 hours chart the day would be paid holiday premium only, as per City Wide Contract Article 3, Section 1 c ii* .

Retroactively the money owed on overtime during holiday weeks (Columbus Day, Election Day and Veterans Day) will be rectified.

In order to insure proper and timely payment to members in the pilot program the city will switch affected members back to positive pay effective for the November 27th payroll. The December 16th checks will include a refund of the second lag week resulting in a 3-week check. Going forward members electing to participate in the pilot will not have an additional lag week held from their first check in the pilot.

It was also agreed that all pay stubs will now reflect night shift hours and money paid on those hours.

The City also agreed to establish a training program for 3621 officers on understanding, interpreting and rectifying payroll matters.

* An employee shall not receive for the same hours of work both (1) overtime pay and (2) the cash premium (50%) and compensatory time off.

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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Member Update

Letter to the Director, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
World Trade Center Health Program Administrator

Dr. John Howard
Director, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
World Trade Center Health Program Administrator

Re: Renewal of the World Trade Center Health Program Contracts for the FDNY Clinical Center of Excellence and the FDNY Data Center
Dear Dr. Howard:
I am writing on behalf of this Union to offer our continued support of the World Trade Center Health Program at the Fire Department of the City of New York's (FDNY) - its clinical center of excellence (CCE) and its data center (DC).

I represent nearly four- thousand Emergency Medical Service personnel both active and retired, many of whom spent significant amounts of time at the Trade Center site in the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001 and are currently under medical monitoring and treatment through the WTTC Health Program at FDNY.

Many of our members continue to suffer from the long-term health effects of that day. Thankfully, the WTC Health Program at FDNY is able to address their continuing WTC-related medical conditions.

The FDNY program is invaluable for many reasons in that it not only provides rapid access to effective treatment and long term care by a cadre of truly dedicated medical personnel but it also complies and maintains a complete and accurate record of a significant population of emergency responders both pre and post September 11th.

As our members continue to address the physical and psychological effects of their WTC exposure, including increased cancer rates, we take great comfort in the knowledge that such an effective program is in place and we completely support the renewal of both the CCE and DC contracts at FDNY.

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

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Member Update

Brothers and Sisters,

EMT John Palladino from Station 19 in the Bronx needs our help. Our brother has been diagnosed and has been dealing with a serious illness for some time. He has run out of time and fallen off of payroll. We would hope that many of our members might be able to donate time to him. Please help our brother and his family by donating time and your prayers during their time of need.

Members who wish to donate time must complete an application to Donate Leave and meet its criteria. You may obtain this form on the FDNY Intranet or the Local 2507 Union website at www.1ocal2507.com
(Complete steps 1 & 3 on Form)

Please send to:

By F.D.N.Y Department Mail (Pony Express)
Attention: Lieutenant Dave Russell
Ft. Totten EMS Academy Bldg. # 325


By Fax: (718) 352-3954
Attention: Lieutenant Dave Russell

In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda

Click here to get to the form

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Member Update

Thyroid Cancer Screening

Recent clinical findings show thyroid cancer is classified in the top 5 cancers for 9-11 responders. Clinical findings show thyroid cancer as the fastest increasing cancer in the United States. Screening and early detection is very important. The City Council (Elizabeth Crowley) has allocated a grant to provide screening to 75 members of Local 2507 and Local 3621. Heart Scan Services will do this screening at our union office in Long Island City.

Date: Wednesday January 4, 2017

Location: Local 2507 Union Office
47-09 30th Street
Suite 300
Long Island City, NY 11101

Time: Scans will start at 6:00 PM

Any member that is interested should call the Union office at (718) 371-0310 and Pre-Register

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In Solidarity,

Israel Miranda    Vincent Variale
President    President

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