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February 23, 2017
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Proposed Constitution & Bylaws Amendments Vote

Proposed Constitution & Bylaw Amendments

Attention Members:

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board has called for a secret ballot vote to be held during the March General Membership meeting on March 9, 2017 beginning at 10:00a.m. to adopt proposed Bylaw Amendments. This vote is called pursuant to Article XIV Amendments, Section 1, Method of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws. The proposed amendments include changes or additions to the following Articles:

1) Article IV:

     Section 6.  TV Fund

     Section 9.  Survivor's fund

     Section 10. Benevolent Fund

2) Article IX:  

     (New) Section 7. Constitution & By-Laws Committee

To view the proposed amendments in detail please login to the 'members’ area, click on the Const. /Bylaws tab and select the ‘2017 Proposed Constitution & Bylaws Amendments’ pdf.

All members are encouraged to attend on March 9, 2017 at 10:00a.m. to cast a vote on these changes

Approval of Budget

Attention IAFF Local 244 Members:

General Treasurer John Roumpf has completed the 2017 Budget which will be presented for approval at the General Meeting on February 9, 2017 at 7:00pm. Treasurer Roumpf and the Trustees will be available one hour before the General Meeting (6:00pm) for members who wish to have a preliminary review of the 2017 of the budget. 
IAFF 10th District Partnership Education Program
Registration is now open for the 10th District Partnership Education Program (PEP) event, scheduled for April 10-11, 2017, at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Read More...
Executive Board Vacancies for City 1st Steward & County 4th Steward

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for City Chapter First Steward and County Chapter Fourth Steward for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint members to serve in these positions on February 2, 2017 until the next General Election in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5. All letters of interest can be turned in to the Union Hall or emailed to on or before January 25, 2017. 

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Benevolent Fund and TV Fund Deductions

Attention Members:

Be advised, deductions for Benevolent and TV Fund will be deducted in this month (January 2017) in accordance with Article IV, Section 6 and Section 10 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws. 

City Chapter Members:

Please be advised that deductions for Benevolent Fund and TV Fund are scheduled to come out during the first pay period in January 2017. These deductions will occur on Pay Period Ending (PPE) 1/06/17 with a pay date of 1/13/17.

County Chapter Members:

Please be advised that the deductions for Benevolent Fund will be taken out the first full pay period in January 2017. These deductions will occur on Pay Period Ending (PPE) 1/20/17 with a pay date of 1/26/17.

Call any of your Executive Board Officers with questions. 

Cadillac Tax Repeal Bill Introduced: One of First in New Congress

The 2017 fight to repeal the ill-conceived Cadillac Tax began this week when Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced legislation, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017 (HR 173), that would eliminate the 40 percent tax on employer-provided health care. The IAFF had partnered with Representative Courtney in the last Congress to successfully delay the tax until 2019, and this bill marks the continued effort towards permanent elimination. 

“It is a significant marker that legislation repealing the Cadillac tax is among the first bills introduced in the new Congress,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “H.R. 173 is the next step towards repealing a tax that fire fighters didn’t want and from which fire fighters don’t benefit.”

The IAFF has long opposed any attempt to tax employer-provided health care. IAFF members place a high premium on the health benefits for which they sacrifice, and understand that taxing their health care dollars severely weakens that benefit. During the debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IAFF led the fight to preserve the employer-provided health insurance exclusion. Although successful in beating back efforts to cap the exclusion, the final bill contained the now infamous Cadillac tax, billed as an alternative way to reduce costs. At the time, the IAFF successfully weakened the provision by including a higher threshold for public safety workers, but has continued its work to eliminate the tax completely.  

As the new Congress is sworn in, one of the first items on the Republican majority’s agenda is to repeal a significant portion of the ACA, which may include the Cadillac Tax. However, opponents of this tax cannot assume anything when it comes to the agenda of this new Congress, and must remain focused on supporting HR 173.

The IAFF will continue to advocate for HR 173 in order to highlight the importance of repealing this dangerous tax and more broadly opposing any tax on worker’s health care benefits.

Efforts are underway in the Senate to introduce a companion bill early this year.

Happy Holidays From the IAFF

As the year comes to a close, we send our entire IAFF family best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season. The holidays are a time to look back and count our blessings with family and friends and to look forward to all of the accomplishments this great union will achieve on the local, state, provincial and national level in the coming year.

During this holiday season, we also ask you to remember our brothers and sisters who have given their lives in the line of duty this year.

IAFF headquarters will be closed December 26, 2016 through January 2, 2017. IAFF affiliates needing immediate assistance during this time should contact their district vice president.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Harold A. Schaitberger
General President

Edward A. Kelly
General Secretary-Treasurer

Update-General Election

Dear Members,

This letter is to inform you that IAFF Local 244 will not be holding its annual General Election for 2016, as all positions for this election have been elected through acclamation by the membership in accordance with the Constitution & Bylaws.  

The nominations for the 2016 General Election opened in September and closed at the November General Membership meeting.  Below is the list of all positions up for election this year and the newly elected Executive Board Officers. New Executive Board Officers will be installed at the General Membership meeting on January 12, 2017.

  • John Roumpf, General Treasurer
  • Miguel Tittmann, Sergeant at Arms
  • Robert Sanchez, County Vice-President
  • Albert Ortega, City Chief Steward
  • Joseph Trujillo, County 2nd Steward
  • Donovan Jacks, City 2nd Steward
  • *Vacant, County 4th Steward
  • Matt Watkins, City 4th Steward
  • Vince Gnodle, County 2nd Trustee
  • Justin Staley, City 2nd Trustee

Please call with any questions or concerns.


Miguel Tittmann, Sergeant at Arms

*Please check online in January for more information related to vacancies and letters of interest. 

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