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Member Update

Recently we've seen a spike in members being assaulted. Our office recognized there has been a slow response from the time of the assault to us being aware of it. This has caused the attackers to get away with lesser charges or worse no charges at all. This has to stop.

We have identified four areas that needed immediate attention.

First is our member assault form on the website. Once filled out and submitted it was sent to an account that was not being monitored. We've addressed that issue. When you go on line and fill out the form it will now be sent immediately to all four officers by hitting the submit button. No need to fax it to the office.

Second is notification from the department themselves to us. On Monday we had a labor management meeting and the department agreed. They will be including us in the department emails they send to the Chiefs whenever a member is injured due to assault. They will omit all info necessary to remain HIPAA compliant. It will be another step in the chain of timely information. The department has already contacted us on Tuesday to inform us they have started that process. They are very willing to work with us.
That leads us to the next point.

Third is getting the member to  press charges. Both the union and the department want ALL assaults to be pressed forward. They showed us many Instances where the members declined to press charges. Again we understand there have been reversed situations where members wanted to press charges and got no support. That is going to change.

Fourth, We asked the department to support stickers for the ambulance similar to the MTA stickers that state assaulting an EMS worker is a felony. Not only did they agree but asked if we wanted it inside or out. We said both. We hope to have those soon.

This is the beginning step to a much wider public awareness campaign we want to implement. This will include radio spots, television interviews, with both union leadership and members. We have asked for the Departments support in putting pressure on Boro DA’s to prosecute and have received favorable a response. We have also been looking into the costs and benefits to a public relations firm to help with this.

As always we need your help to turn the time and energy spent by our local in changing legislation to make an assault on us a felony into actual arrests and prosecution. Together the city will learn there is a cost to harming us. You strike one of us you strike us all.

 

Be well and look out for each other.

Oren Barzilay   Mike Greco
President         Vice President

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MEMBER UPDATE

The FDNY Hispanic Society congratulates Oren Barzilay on his election as President of Local 2507.

Below is the letter that was sent to Local 2507. If you click on the letter you can see it enlarged. There is a link to the FDNY Hispanic Society website under the letter.

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Anyone wishing to join or find out more about the FDNY Hispanic Society can visit the FDNY Hispanic Society website

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Member Update

At 10:00AM, City Hall will hold a hearing regarding the equalization of Death Benefits for EMS Personal killed in the line of duty.

All off duty members should attend and show support for this most important legislation.

Please wear non-issued FDNY EMS apparel.

 

 

Thank you,

Oren Barzilay
President

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Puerto Rican Pride Party

Sunday, June 11, 2017

2:00 PM
Taino Towers "Crystal Room"
240 East 123rd St. (Between 2nd and 3rd Aves.)

$20 per person / $25 for family

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President's Report

June 7, 2017

Legislation - On May 10, I along with our lobbyist Robert Ungar met with legislators to seek support for the Line of duty Death Benefit that's currently available to Uniform members but not including EMS The Law was written well before Local 2507 gained Uniformed Status, this Bill will add our titles to the Law. The Bill is currently at Senate Committee.

12 Hour Tours - On May 16, both local 2507 & 3621 met with the Office of labor relations to discuss the expansion of the program. The dept presented some concerns with in-service times of the 12 hour units, a decrease of in-service times. We challenged the dept on some of the times they tabulated into their studies/formula. The dept also wanted to set back the start dates on station 46 and 14 by a few weeks due to payroll/Schedule issues. We countered that all members and schedules were prepared, after a brief caucus. The dept agreed to start both stations as initially scheduled. We also requested that additional stations be added each month following the station 14 start.

Station 39 - While we are aware that many stations are in dire needs, station 39 is in dire conditions that needs immediate attention. On May 30, I met with the dept to discuss this long overdue health and safety issue.

The office received a written response that a major overhaul is scheduled this summer lasting 18 months.

Units will be relocated to surrounding stations within proximity of their csl.

An inconvenient but a necessary step to protect the health and safety of our members.

We will keep you informed on the scheduled start date.

10-99 Initiative -After a long discussion with COD, I expressed the necessity and importance of taking our members off street comers. Our members should be able to sit at their stations (member's discretion) or nearby facilities that are owned by the dept. There are many reasons we need to move away from the current model of sitting at street comers. Health & Safety being the top reason. Some suggestions were made by both parties, I will notify the rank and file once we reach an agreement. In closing, I want to assure the membership that I am well aware of the situation this local and the members face everyday. My thoughts are always of my brothers and sisters of EMS, how to make things better for each one of us. I do not take this tremendous responsibility lightly, I am focused on moving us forward where we need to be, and together we can do it.

Be well and look out for each other!

Oren Barzilay
President

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Vice President's Report

 

June 7, 2017

Pay equality: Recently we secured the services of the Kurland Group, a law firm we are . using to explore future litigation towards pay equality. Today we held our first focus group involving EMT's. They are going to take all the feedback and start drafting more detailed question sheets that members will be able to fill out. This is the first of about 6 focus groups we will be holding. Fire inspectors will be planned next followed by paramedics and EMD. LT's and Captains will also be involved. Member involvement is going to be crucial during every phase of this litigation. I implore everyone to get involved. Reach out to me at the office or cell phone with any questions regarding how you can help.

Bits: As we all know bits is a sore spot for many members. I'm starting to bring a lot more stuff to our lawyers before allowing any member to sign a penalty. Stipulations have gotten way to high and we are working on bringing it down. We have also reached out to a criminal defense lawyer who might be willing to consult with us on more severe and higher profile cases. More information will be available as we have it.

Parking placards: I want to remind you that our parking placard is a privilege and doesn't authorize you to violate any parking laws. They are for your use only and may not be given to anyone else. Four times this month the NYPD has called this office to confirm ownership of a placard. Not all were being used properly. Our current Mayor has made unauthorized use of parking placards a hot item recently. Please don't get caught up in this.

Delegate replacements: Currently we have about 10 stations without delegates. We are in process of filling those positions. Please be patient and we will get every station represented properly.

Michael Greco,
Vice 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 2018 school year may apply.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest addressed to Oren Barzilay, President of Local 2507, 47-09 30th Street Suite 300 Long Island City, New York, 11101 by September 1, 2017. 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.

Be well, and look out for each other!

Oren Barzilay
President

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Member Update

 

On May 16, 2017 local 2507 met with The Office of Labor Relations to discuss expanding the 12 hour pilot program. Here are the particulars.

Station 46 -Scheduled to start the 12 hour program on June 4, 2017

Station 14 -Will start on July 2, 2017

Both start dates are scheduled to begin on a new pay period.

Operational Orders are to be released in the next couple of days.

We will meet with OLR on June 13, 2017 to discuss further expansion of this program.

Be well and look out for each other!

Oren Barzilay
President

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Member Update

 

The Executive Board has approved $150.00 for each station to help cover some of the food expenses during EMS Week.

The original expense receipt will be required for reimbursement. Please designate 1 person to submit for the funds, delegate or member.

Hope you will enjoy and engage in the activities happening citywide.

Be well and look out for each other!

Oren Barzilay
President

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Member Update

President Oren Barzilay will be airing on 1010 Wins

Sunday May 21st, 2017
3:53 pm
4:44 pm
5:44 pm
6:44 pm

Monday 22-Friday 26
5:13am
10:07 am
10:44 am
9:07 pm
11:33 pm

Saturday May 27, 2017
3:53pm
4:44 pm
5:44 pm
6:44 pm

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