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May 27, 2015
What's New at IAFF 244
Thank Our Military Troops on Memorial Day

IAFF - Remember the Fallen:

IAFF Local 244 Sergeant At Arms
The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board has appinted Miguel Tittman to serve as Interim Sergeant At Arms in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5. 
DDOD Announcement

Attention IAFF Members:

Effective immediately the required “drivers tip” for using the Drivers On Demand (DDOD) Service is now $20.00. Please remember that the union pays for your membership and offsets the tip. The service is intended for IAFF members and spouses only, friends/guests are not covered in our agreement with DDOD and must pay full price. 

AFD Deputy Chief/Assistant Chief Reorganization (Updated)

Final action will be taken on the AFD Deputy Chief/Assistant Chief Reorganization initiative at the General Membership Meeting on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:00am at the Union Hall. We will review and discuss Fire Chief Downey’s response to our conditional support letter and provide the administration with our final recommendations. Please review the letters below. 

*Click PDF link below to view IAFF Local 244's repsonse to Chief Downey's letter dated April 28, 2015. Also, the Chief's response dated May 20, 2015. Membership approved the amendments/revisions by majorlty vote at the General Meeting on May 14, 2015. 

Download: Amended Letter of Conditional Support 5-14-15.pdf , Letter to Chief Downey - Assitant & DC Reorg 4-17-15.pdf , AC DC Letter to Union President (2).pdf , Second AC DC Letter to Union President.pdf
Gil Pohl Memorial

The funeral services for our Brother Gil Pohl will be held on Friday May 15, 2015 and will begin at 11:00am at Calvary Chapel (4001 Osuna NE) followed by internment at Mt. Calvary (1900 Edith NE).

There will be a reception following the funeral services beginning at 1:30pm at the Moose Lodge which is located on Edith one block North of Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
IAFF Throws Full Support Behind Bill to Repeal ObamaCare Excise Tax

The IAFF is throwing its full support behind legislation to repeal the excise tax on high-cost health plans, more commonly referred to as the “Cadillac Tax.”

Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT) has introduced a bill to repeal this provision that was added to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the last minute, with little debate or careful consideration. The IAFF opposed the tax at the time, and remains opposed.

“The International has opposed this ill-conceived tax from the beginning," said General President Harold Schaitberger at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol along with Courtney and other supporters of the bill. "It was added to the Affordable Care Act at the 11th hour, supposedly as a way to lower health care costs by targeting generous health plans of wealthy Americans. 

“In reality, the vast majority of plans affected will be those that protect working class taxpayers, including fire fighters,” said Schaitberger.

Courtney’s bill, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act, already has the support of dozens of lawmakers. The bill would eliminate the so-called “Cadillac Tax” that would be imposed on higher-cost health plans beginning in 2018. Without action, a 40 percent tax would be imposed on health insurance benefits above $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for family coverage.

Though the tax is scheduled for 2018, the IAFF has been working and will continue to work to get the tax repealed.

Brother Gil Pohl
Executive Board Vacancy for Sgt. At Arms

May 1, 2015 - The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for the position of Sergeant At Arms for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint a member to serve on the board in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws, Article VI, Section 5. 

Jim "Baby Doll" Dahl

Message from AFDRA President Sam Trujillo:

Our Brother AFD Retiree James " Baby Doll" Dahl is still at a Lubbock Texas Hospital and plans are to move him to a rehab nursing facility here in Albuquerque as soon as possible ... James is bed ridden and will require extensive rehab care to include additional surgeries ....

Yesterday ( 4/29/15 ) a group of retired and active AFD Fire Fighters did a  day road trip and visited James in Lubbock .... This was a spirit lifting experience for James and the AFD Fire Fighters ....Please see attached photo of the visit .... Retired Fire Fighters included Kerry Horton, Donny Sanchez, Derek C De Baca and Kenneth " Goody " Goodyear .... Active Fire Fighter Rick Suazo  also participated in this venture .... A big "Thanks " to these brothers that made time to visit one of our own !

Special Meeting Announcement for AFD Deputy Chief/Assistant Chief Proposal

A Special Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2015 in accordance with Article 5, Section 6 of the Constitution & ByLaws. The purpose of this meeting is to develop the official IAFF Local 244 position on the AFD Deputy Chief/Assistant Chief reorganization proposal. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00pm. 

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