May 6, 2015
Negotiations: On Thursday April 9, 2015 the EMS Local Presidents met with Maria Elena Cortez from DC 37 Research and Development to discuss preparation for our Cinco De Mayo (May 5) negotiation date at the New York City Office of Labor Relations (40 Rector Street). Also present at this meeting was Tracey Ziemba from the Professional Division, Steve Sykes from the Legal Department, Jack Schaeffer and a representative from our in house attorney Terry Meginniss’s office. We discussed any clarifications and presentation of our joint demands.
On May 5, 2015 the Unions met at the Office of Labor Relations with representatives of the Fire Department and OLR to discuss moving forward with a successor agreement. The Union put forward its opening proposal and the City responded with theirs. The City has initially proposed a seven-year contract term following the civilian pattern. The City and Fire Department are interested in speaking about alternative work schedules and a committee has been formed and is scheduled to convene on May 28, 2015 at 40 Rector Street. Our next bargaining session will be held on June 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM. We expect to discuss other demands on our proposal and receive some financial costing on several issues like differentials and annuity funding for our Fire Protection Inspector titles. This is the beginning of the process. We will continue to keep you advised.
Legislative: We are currently awaiting the release of our fiscal notes from the New York City Actuary Office for our Chapter 96 Refund Bill and our 25 and Out Pension Benefit for Fire Inspector Groups. Our amended assault language is aggressively being discussed by our attorneys and the Brooklyn District Attorneys Office. It should be introduced shortly to both sponsors of the bill in the Senate and Assembly.