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President's Report

September 6, 2017

F.P.I

I met with Commissioner Nigro to discuss Ballistic Vests for the Public assembly crew. While this is a sensitive issue for the department we are hoping to reach an agreement in the coming weeks. With that being said, on August 25, I did a ride along with the night crew. I commend our FPI members for doing a dangerous job inspecting locations which may place them in harm's way and be dangerous to the public. Furthermore, 2016 was the first year in the FDNY FPI history were no deaths occurred on sites they inspected.

At our next month labor management meeting we will discuss vehicles and CPR training for our FPL

EMS BILL OF RIGHTS

On June 23, 2017, I met with our attorneys to discuss the major issues our members face on a daily basis. We discussed work conditions, 10-99, 10-100, PTSD and 6 weeks non-chargeable paid maternity/paternity leave, the unbalanced discipline between us and our fire counterparts. PTSD, we see things on this job on a daily basis that most people aren't exposed to. The years of exposure to trauma, violence, abuse and death take a toll on each and every one of us, some more than others, some don1t even know they're experiencing PTSD, some may not have PTSD, it should be available though. Each one of us copes with PTSD in different ways. We want the option that a comprehensive PTSD program be made available to all our members at no cost. We know when a crew has experienced a traumatic incident, such as doing CPR on a baby, mass casualties, or any other event that may require intervention it should be available, our members shouldn't be told to go 98, a CISD ( critical incident stress debriefing) team should be activated for our members.

All of these issues deserve to be given to our members as a basic right of employment.

On July 25, I met with NYC Public advocate Letitia James to discuss the challenging work issues Local 2507 members face. Letitia James will work with our administration/staff and legislators to assist us in achieving these basic needs.

On August 7, 2017, The Executive Board met with our lobbyist Robert Ungar to discuss our intentions on moving the EMS Bill of Rights forward.

The Officers and Executive Board is proud to announce that the EMS BILLS of Rights language is being drafted, hopefully presented to legislators in the coming weeks.

Tablets -the department will begin distributing new tablets, starting with station 7, 38 and 43 by end of this month, citywide by years end.
New charging ports are being installed to our vehicles on a daily basis.


Yadira Arroyo -next court hearing is October 2, 2017, please talk with your coworkers, it's imperative we have a strong presence, we can't let this
incident fade away.

Mayor DeBlasio -Mike Greco and myself spoke to the Mayor on various issues, such as infrastructure/stations, staffing, additional resources and a
public awareness campaigns, educating the public on when to call 911.

The mayor has been an advocate with investing in EMS, in recent years many tour/lines have been added. The mayor was receptive to our issues. This
meeting was strictly to discuss our non-economic issues. Our next meeting is to address the wage inequality in our field.

Contract Committee -DC37 is preparing to start negotiations with the City. In the next few weeks, 2507 will start its own contract committee.
We will post times and dates for members participation.

Thank you,

Oren Barzilay

Be well and look out for each other.


Vice President's Report September 2017

Vice President's Report

 

September 6, 2017

Bits:
Step 1 hearings have begun again. Although we still have grievance's pending, the department is now allowing us to review the evidence right before the hearing. It's still not exactly where we want it to be but it's a step in the right direction that I am confident will lead to our ultimate goal of proper disclosure.

While on the subject of bits, we have had an increase in the amount of positive random drug tests. I want to remind everybody that we still have a zero-tolerance policy. I urge all members to be vigilant of your co­workers. If you or anyone you know is having a problem, reach out to this office or CCU. We have a lot of resources at our disposal.

Litigation:
Perry v. NYC.
I have reached out to the law firm. Currently there are motions on both sides. Our side is requested to find in our favor. The department is requesting it to be dismissed. The lawyers tell me this is common and will take some time but they expect both motions to be denied and trial dates to be set. No time frame given.

2507 and 3621 have had numerous meetings with not only The Kurland Group but councilmen around the city regarding pay equality. We have secured a lot of support for the next steps regarding litigation.

Michael Greco,
Vice President

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