October 7, 2015
Contract Negotiations: We continue to move forward in good faith. It has been obvious that the Fire Department and the City are interested in many aspects of our proposals, so the issue is how do we get there with both parties agreeing. We will be meeting with the City on October 9, 2015 to discuss Alternative Work Schedules and on October 21, 2015 to discuss all other contract issues.
Pre-Arraignment Screening (Prison Health): Our members have been providing pre-arraignment screening at four Central Booking locations since 1995. We are sub-contracted through H.H.C and the F.D.N.Y. Every two years our contract has been renewed since this programs inception. On or about June 2015 a for-profit company, which provided health care at Rikers Island, decided to implement a pilot program, which would eventually replace our members with nurse practitioners. After an investigation, news was released that nine inmates had died since 2009 due to questionable medical care and incompetence. The new City Administration immediately stated that it would not renew its contract with Corzine the Tennessee based company.
Corzine’s deal with the City is set to expire on December 31, 2015. The Cities Public Health and Hospitals Corporation has taken over providing health care for inmates and the pilot program at Manhattan Central Booking has continued and will be evaluated for possible expansion.
We have met with F.D.N.Y several times and they have made a commitment to place our 43 members at alternate work locations. Many of these members are reasonable accommodations. We will keep you advised of any progress moving forward.
Legislative: Our Assault Bill was voted on and passed both New York State Senate and Assembly in late June before the 2015 ended. We await the Governor’s signature in acknowledgement of this new section of the Penal Law.
Our Chapter 96 Refund Bill is still currently awaiting a fiscal note for the 2016 Legislative session.
Our 25 and Out Pension benefit for our Fire Inspector groups will require a new fiscal note for the calendar year 2016. Both of these Bills will require home rule messages from our City Council before going up to Albany. We expect to meet with the Speaker of the City Council in the very near future to discuss their support. We will advise.
Graduation: On September 28, 2015 the Local participated in the graduation ceremony of about 90 new members. In that same week, over 100 EMT’s were sworn in and ready to begin the Academy at Fort Totten.
Scholarship: The Lenny Joyner Softball Classic was held on Saturday September 5, 2015 in the Bronx. It was a beautiful event. The scholarship winners were Amanda Vasquez, whose parent is from battalion 20 and John Sutherland whose parent is from Battalion 58.