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January 21, 2021
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What's New at IAFF 244
City Chapter 4th Steward Vacancy

 The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for City 4th Steward for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint a member to serve in this position on February 4, 2021 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 iafflocal244@qwestoffice.net on or before January 29, 2021. 

County Chapter Chief Steward Vacancy

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for County Chapter Chief Steward for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint a member to serve in this position on February 4, 2021 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 iafflocal244@qwestoffice.net on or before January 29, 2021. This vacancy resulted from Brother Angel Alvarado’s election to the position of County Chapter Vice-President.

2020 Officer Election Results
The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board would like to thank all candidates and voting members who participated in the General Election. Very special thanks to the Election Committee and volunteers that helped make this a successful election. Congratulations to the new Executive Officers. Read More...
Download: Official Officer Election Results.pdf
Benevolent Fund & TV Fund Deductions

Attention Members:

Be advised, deductions for Benevolent and TV Fund will be deducted during the month of (January 2021) 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 on the next scheduled pay period. These deductions should occur on Pay Period Ending (PPE) 1/15/21 with a pay date of 1/22/21.

County Chapter Members:

Please be advised that the deduction for Benevolent Fund will be taken out the first full pay period in January 2021-the next scheduled pay period. This deduction should occur on Pay Period Ending (PPE) 1/15/21 with a pay date of 1/22/21.

Updated Election Date/Info

December 16, 2020

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

As Chair of the election committee, I was apprehensive about holding our annual general election during the NM “shut down” that was ordered by Governor Lujan-Grisham Monday, November 16th, and scheduled to last at least 2 weeks. Not knowing whether the shutdown would last beyond the 2 weeks, I felt it was irresponsible to risk continuing as planned, thus leading to the motion and direction to postpone our election.

The shutdown ended after the two weeks and the Governor issued the red-yellow-green plan for occupancy guidelines. Though we are in the “red” currently and look to be that way for a while, it is the opinion of the Executive Board that we must facilitate our election as soon as possible-with as many necessary safety precautions as possible.

Therefore, the Executive Board, with direction from the Election committee, has agreed to proceed with having our postponed general election on January 13th, 2021. Early voting will be schedule for January 5-7, 2021 and absentee voting will also be available with additional accommodations for any members in quarantine.   

To accommodate the election in the safest possible manner the following modifications will be implemented, please review & familiarize yourselves with the guidelines below.

  1. Only allow 3 people inside voting locations at one time, making it necessary for all others waiting to vote, to wait outside ensuring as much possible distance (minimum of 6 feet) between members.

  1. Provide an entrance that is different from the exit to ensure the traffic is minimized. Members must enter & exit through the specified doors.

  1. Entry to non-poll site/election specific designated areas within fire stations or Union Hall is prohibited.

  1. Require all who enter the voting locations as well as the poll workers, to wear face coverings at all times.

  1. Ensure all surfaces in voting sites are wiped down and disinfected throughout the day.

  1. We ask/encourage all members to bring and use their own pens to cast their ballots and sign the roster.

  1. We request all members who have any symptoms of Covid to stay home.

  1. Any member who is in quarantine (weather exposed, or sick) will have the option for an election committee member to facilitate bringing the absentee ballot box to them so that they may also cast their ballot from quarantine, consistent with Article XI, section 3, Absentee voting. Please see the flyer for dates & details.

Thank you,

Fraternally,

Miguel Tittmann

Sergeant at Arms

IAFF Local 244

City Chapter 'ZOOM' Special Meeting Announcement

A City Chapter Special Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:00a.m. via ‘Zoom Online Video Meeting’ in accordance with Article II, Section 4 & Article V, Section 6 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws. The purpose of this meeting will be for final membership approval of the AFR ADDITIONAL LEGAL HOLIDAYS MOU. The special meeting will start promptly at 11:00a.m.

*Please note-a separate and more detailed announcement will be emailed out to all email addresses on file. Please review the MOU and the instructions prior to the scheduled Special Meeting. 

The 2020 IAFF/BCFD Contract is Officially Ratified

74% of eligible members within the IAFF Local 244 County Chapter have officially ratified the Collective Bargaining Agreement with 57% approval. (94 Yes, 71 No).

The Executive Board would like to acknowledge the IAFF negotiating team for their leadership, dedication & hard work during these trying times. Special thanks to the membership on the frontlines for their commitment to our great union and the community we serve.

IAFF/BCFD Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification Vote

The IAFF Local 244 County Chapter Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been tentatively agreed upon (TA'd). The ratification vote will take place on Monday, November 2, 2020 from 7:00am -7:00pm in accordance with Article II, Section 2 and Article XI, Sections 2, 3 & 6 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws.  The designated poll sites will be: Union Hall, Station 33 and Station 40. To review the strike-and-delete version of the TA’d agreement, log in and click on the Contracts section under main menu. For additional information on this year’s negotiations process please see the attached letter from County VP Pittarelli.

Absentee voting shall be provided for members unable to attend the ballot vote in the event that the member is on leave, departmental trip, training status, or on paid status at the time of the vote, in accordance with the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws Article XI, Section 3. Members who meet the requirements for Absentee voting may contact the Sergeant at Arms, or designee, and complete an Absentee Ballot at the Union Hall. Members must contact the Sergeant at Arms between 0900 to 1500 hours on the following dates, per the Election Committee: Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 & Friday, Oct 30, 2020.

The Executive Board would like to acknowledge the County Chapter Negotiating Team for their diligent work and leadership in representing our collective interests. A job well done!


Download: Local 244 County negotiations from Vice President Pittarelli.pdf
City Chapter 1st Steward Vacancy

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for City 1st Steward for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint a member to serve in this position at the Executive Board meeting scheduled on October 1, 2020 until the next General Election in December 2020; 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 iafflocal244@qwestoffice.net on or before 5:00p.m. on September 24, 2020. 

IAFF Local 244 General Election 2020

 November 20, 2020

Attention: Local 244 Members

Re: Postponement of General Officer Election

Dear Local 244 Members,

On behalf of your Executive Board and the Election Committee we are writing to inform all members that it is the direction of the Executive Board to postpone our 2020 General Officer Election-originally scheduled for December 9, 2020.

We would like to convey that this unprecedented decision was not made lightly and under normal circumstances would likely never be considered. However, the COVID-19 situation is continuing to progress rapidly in our state, community, and departments. As stewards of our community and with an abundance of caution the members of your Executive Board felt it necessary to temporarily postpone the election date. This decision will be reevaluated upon new and available information which will be used as a guide for setting a new General Officer Election date.

Members will be notified by mail and email to current addresses on file, 14 days prior to the new election date. Please note that nominations and letters of acceptance were not impacted by this decision. The individuals who were nominated during the 3-month nomination period and who also accepted their nomination will appear on the ballot when the vote is held.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Justin Cheney

President

IAFF Local 244

505-238-3730

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The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held in December 2020 (Exact Date-TBD)

Attention All Members:

Nominations for the 2020 General Election officially open at the General Membership Meeting on September 10, 2020 and will close at the General Membership Meeting on November 12, 2020.

In accordance with the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections, Section 4. Elected Officer Terms all ‘Even Year’ positions will be up for election in 2020There will also be one ‘Odd Year’ position up for election, which will be for a one (1) year term due to a recent vacancy. See detailed listing below.

Please refer to the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections, Sections 1-13 for additional information including Eligibility Requirements. 

GENERAL TREASURER

SERGEANT AT ARMS

COUNTY VICE PRESIDENT

COUNTY 2ND   STEWARD

COUNTY 3rd STEWARD (1 YR TERM)

COUNTY 4TH STEWARD

COUNTY 2ND   TRUSTEE

CITY CHIEF STEWARD

CITY 2ND   STEWARD

CITY 4TH   STEWARD

CITY 2ND   TRUSTEE

             CITY 1ST STEWARD (1 YR TERM)

Additional details related to absentee voting, early voting and poll sites will be provided in mid-November 2020. If anyone is interested in assisting with the poll sites please contact the Election Committee Chair Steve Lopez at (505) 336-0336.

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