Union Meeting President's Report

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
President's Report for Special Membership Meeting
Hilton New York - JFK Airport Hotel - Queens, NY

Special Business

  • Security Benefit Fund (SBF) Help Table Today
    Members who require help regarding dental, prescription drugs, optical or any other benefits provided via the UFA SBF, should visit the SBF table today. SBF personnel are there to help you.

Today's Agenda

OLR Contract Update
The President will update the membership on the current status of our negotiations with OLR.


Political Action
The UFA Executive Board would like to thank all our members that turned out at the various campaign sites on Election Day. UFA Vice President LeRoy McGinnis will update the membership concerning the results.


Political Update

  • Special Elections: Governor Cuomo called for a special election date of April 24 to fill the open seats in New York State: 9 Assembly seats and 2 Senate seats. The UFA may get involved in some of these elections, please look for future GOTV notices.
  • Reminder: Congressional Primaries will take place on June 26, 2018.
  • JANUS Case Update: The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments later in February & March, with an expected decision by mid-June. We will continue to update the membership on this case.


MLC Meeting
The President will update the membership in regards to the topics discussed at the most recent MLC meeting.


    Fatal Fires
    There's been a rash of fatal fire across the city recently. Members have handled the situations with the utmost professionalism.


    Five Additional 5th Firefighters Delayed by the Department
    Due to the absentee rate being above 7.50%, the Department has delayed putting the additional five Group 2 Engine Companies in service. The Department has informed us that as of January 28th, the absentee rate is at 7.58%.


    New Light Duty Policy
    The President will update the membership in regards to the above topic.


    WTC LODD Attendance
    Today we paid our respects to the 168th member lost post September 11th, 2001 due to WTC related illnesses. While we believe and encourage members to treat these funerals like they would a LODD Funeral, that fact remains that the attendance doesn't reflect that. With the unfortunate frequencies of these funerals in recent years, similar to the September 11th, 2001 funerals, we understand that a full Department turnout may not be achieved, even though it is deserved. The UFA is asking that every Company send at least 4 members to attend any and all WTC LODD Funerals moving forward. We know of some companies and firehouses that already have a house/company policy in place. If every company sends 4 members, with over 350 companies, we can hopefully expect 1,000 members to pay their respects to the Fallen Member and their families.


    Pension Portal
    Any member whose Pension Portal account is inactive for 30 days or longer will have their password reset. To get a new password, members are to call the Help Desk at 718-999-2611.


    Bad UCT & EMS Tickets
    All members are asked to forward all EMS tickets, or any other UCT ticket that is incorrect or misleading. Continue to email the tickets to UnionAlerts@ufanyc.org.


    Bad UCT & EMS Tickets
    All members are asked to forward all EMS tickets, or any other UCT ticket that is incorrect or misleading. Continue to email the tickets to UnionAlerts@ufanyc.org.


    Update Personal Information
    Members and Delegates wishing to receive important information or notifications from the UFA should ensure that their residence addresses, email addresses, home and cell phone numbers on file with the UFA are updated and accurate. Additionally, special consideration is asked for all members to update and include an email address, as we are still missing over 2,000 members' email addresses. Members wishing to receive e-mails from the UFA should add UFA@ufanyc.org to their contacts.


    Conference Reports
    Attending Board Members will update the membership on conferences they attended since our last meeting.


    2018 Delegate Seminar Registration Packages
    Registration packages will be mailed to all Delegate residences. Seminar registration and hotel room reservations must be made by check only, payable to the 'UFA' (phone registration CANNOT be accepted), along with the proper form. It must be returned to the UFA NO LATER THAN APRIL 13th to receive your discounted rate. After April 13th, you'll need to make your room reservation by credit card directly with the hotel at the full- price per-night rate - if rooms are still available. If this is your first Delegate Seminar, you can familiarize yourself by reviewing last year's agenda and program activity book on the UFA website at www.UFANYC.org by clicking on Delegate Education from the home page.


    Fraternally,

    Gerard Fitzgerald
    UFA President