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May 25, 2016
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IAFF/BCFD CBA Ratification Vote 5-24-16

The 2016 County Chapter CBA was ratified by the membership with 68% approval. Special thanks to the Negotiating Team and the Members who worked the polls. Log-in to the members area under Contracts to review the official tally. Please call Sgt. At Arms Miguel Tittmann with any questions or concerns.  

City Council Resolution R-16-41 - AFD Minimum Staffing Requirements

Securing minimum staffing with rank specific sworn personnel is critical to safe and effective operations. In working with Council President Dan Lewis and Councilor Isaac Benton we have achieved the long standing goal of this union to secure the policy and practice of safe minimum staffing through a City Council Resolution (R-16-41). This resolution requires that as the growth of the city and call volume for the department increases, the city shall categorically maintain and increase staffing levels with sworn personnel in the field and in support divisions to sustain fire and EMS operations. This initiative coincided perfectly with the AFD's achievement of the ISO 1 rating earlier this year. Together these two accomplishments ensure optimal emergency services to the citizens of Albuquerque while keeping our members as safe as possible.

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board would like to thank the Albuquerque City Council, The Mayor's Office and most importantly our IAFF brothers and sisters serving on the frontlines every day.

Please click on the link below to view the AFD Minimum Staffing Requirements Resolution:

Download: AFD Minimum Staffing Requirements R-16-41.pdf
IAFF/BCFD Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification

The IAFF Local 244 County Chapter Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been tentatively agreed upon (TA'd). The ratification vote will take place on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 7:00am -7:00pm in accordance with Article II, Section 2 and Article XI, Sections 1, 2 & 5 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.

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 Seragent at Arms between 0900 to 1500 hours on the following dates, per the Election Committee: Friday, May 20, 2016 & Monday, May 23, 2016.

Informational meetings for review and discussion are scheduled for May 19 & 20 beginning promptly at 10:00am.

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!

Support for IAFF Brother In Need

City Chapter Brothers & Sisters,

Firefighter Matt Sarazin is a 6-yr veteran with AFD and is also a US Army Veteran . The local is working on a policy with administration in order to allow FF Sarazin to train and keep a service dog at the station while on duty.  He has gone through an extensive process and secured a service dog. Now starts the beginning of a very long intensive training regimen. FF Sarazin will need to be off for all of his 10-hour day shifts from now through the end of the year.  He only has enough accrued leave to cover about half of those hours. We are asking members to help cover the rest of the hours through trade donations.

A Google Calendar has been created which shows the shifts needed (basically, all of B-shift's day shifts through January of next year).  Clink the link below to view the calendar and see what shifts need to be covered.  Firefighters from C and A shifts who are willing and able to trade can reference this calendar to see what's available.  If you can help out, please contact Vice-President Justin Cheney 505-238-3730 or Chief Steward Cris Cruz 716-864-7073, and they will enter your name for the shift you can work, then you must log into Telestaff and enter the "TRADE TIME WORK" for that shift, indicating FF Matt Sarazin as the "cover person".  You can also contact FF Sarazin directly at 505-514-6908. Please spread the word and thank you in advance for your help!

FF Sarazin Google Calendar Link:

2016 Public Safety Basketball and Pingpong Tournament

Download: Ping Pong registration.pdf
Local 1619 Member Shot While Responding to Call
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant John E. "Skillet" Ulmschneider, a member of Prince George's County, MD Local 1619. Brother Ulmschneider, 37, was killed Friday, April 15, 2016, from a gunshot wound while responding to an emergency call.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. John's Parish, 43950 St. John's Road, Hollywood, Maryland, (301) 373-5212. The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. also at St. John's Parish.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 1619 at 16701 Melford Boulevard, Suite 124, Bowie, MD 20715-4452.
Brother Martinez' Family Hardship

IAFF Brother Manuel Martinez's mother Dorothy Baca-Martinez will be undergoing surgery next week in Minnesota. Mrs. Martinez has been battling Pancreatic Cancer since her diagnosis in August 2015.  After multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, Mrs. Martinez has received the amazing news that a Dr. and his team will perform surgery in an attempt to remove her tumor.  She and members of the family, including Manuel, will stay in Minnesota for six weeks during her recovery.  All donations raised will assist her with out of pocket surgery costs and travel/housing expenses. The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is asking the membership to donate to the Martinez family and pray for a successful recovery. Please click link below to make a donation:

5th Annual 'Swing for Survivors' Golf Tournament
On Saturday, April 9th 2016, the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters will host the 5th Annual ‘Swing for Survivors’ Golf Tournament to Benefit the IAFF Local 244 Firefighters Survivors Fund (FSF). The FSF provides financial assistance to firefighters, spouses and children of firefighters stricken with life threatening medical conditions. The tournament will take place at the Desert Greens Golf Course in Paradise Hills located at 10035 Country Club Lane, NW, Albuquerque, NM. Shotgun start at 9:00a.m. Click on link below for the registration form. Contact Martin Salazar at for more information.
Download: Benefit Golf_Tournament_2016 1.pdf
Homecoming Reception for Brothers Joseph Allred, Ronald Benavidez and Zack Menzie - March 19, 2016
On Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 5:00pm the IAFF Local 244 will host a homecoming reception for Brothers SGT Joseph Allred, SSG Ronald Benavidez and SSG Zack Menzie. These Brothers serve the US Army National Guard and represent the IAFF with pride and honor. All IAFF members are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Call Sergeant at Arms Miguel Tittmann with any questions.
City Chapter Contract Negotiations Informational Meetings Scheduled for March 17 & 21

City Chapter Contract Negotiations Informational Meetings are scheduled for March 17 & 21, 2016 at the Union Hall. The purpose of these meetings will be to discuss upcoming negotiations related to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the IAFF Local 244 and the City of Albuquerque, to include membership recommendations.

The March 17, 2016 meeting will start promptly at 10:00a.m.

The March 21, 2016 meeting will start promptly at 7:00p.m. 

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