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September 21, 2017
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Brother James Green LODD

It is with great pride and honor that we placed our brother, BCFD Firefighter James Green on the IAFF Memorial Wall for his LODD in 2015. Special thanks to our honor guard members Adriana Delgado, Frank Chavez and Donovan Jacks for proudly representing us all in presnting the IAFF Flag to brother Green's wife, Maura Green. As always, The New Mexico Fire & Police Pipes And Drums standing strong representing New Mexico, alongside hundreds of Pipers and Drummers from across the country and Canada. Very proud day for IAFF Local 244.

IAFF Remembers: 16 Years After September 11

Sixteen years ago on September 11, in the greatest tragedy in the history of the fire service, 343 FDNY members died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 

“We will always remember their service, their dedication and their courage in the face of one of the most horrific moments in our union’s history,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “We will never forget the supreme sacrifice made by our New York fire fighters who risked their lives to save others on that fateful day.”

In the tragic aftermath, the IAFF was on the ground to support our New York locals – the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) Local 94 and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) Local 854, raising and distributing more than $167 million to the families of the fallen, bringing members from across North America to dig on the pile to search for their lost brothers and providing counseling support services.

In the days, weeks and years since, the IAFF has made every effort to always remember and never forget. The IAFF continues to make it a top priority to ensure safer and healthier working conditions and to advocate through the political process for benefits and protections for members and their families.

In 2010, after nearly a decade of lobbying, the IAFF, along with Local 94 and Local 854, won passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides funding to monitor and treat members who become ill from exposure to toxins at ground zero. And, in 2015, the IAFF and its affiliates across the country helped to make sure the Act was permanently reauthorized so that fire fighters and others who responded after 9/11 will always receive the health care they need.? In addition, as part of the Zadroga Act, survivors of fire fighters who died from a 9/11-related illness and who applied for federal Public Safety Officer Benefits (PSOB) will now receive those benefits. 

Less than a week after the anniversary of 9/11, at the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial observance on September 16 in Colorado Springs, we will honor members who succumbed to respiratory illnesses linked to the rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero and etched onto the Wall of Honor. 

Membership Survey
Brothers and Sisters, Your Executive Board is proud to present our Local's first-ever Membership Survey! The survey is online, multiple-choice, 35 total questions, and should take no more than 10 minutes of your time, which we know is precious. Our intent is to check in with the rank and file and get input and feedback on union affairs and initiatives. What are we doing well. Read More...
Free Meditation Session 9/7/17

Come join us this Thursday, September 7th from 5:30-6:30 pm at the IAFF Local 244 Union Hall for a Yoga and Meditation session free to our members.

2017 NM Fire Muster & 5K

The 2017 NM Fire Muster & 5k raised over $11,000 for the Fire Fighter Survivors Fund! Thanks to all the competitors, volunteers and fans for participating. Congratulations to Santa Fe City, IAFF Local 2059, winners of the Combat Challenge represented by brothers Brendan Shafer, Chris Michaels, Edward Oliphant with a team time of 3:17. Also, congratulations to Albuquerque Area, IAFF Local 244, winners of the 5K Race represented by Joe Lopez 1st place, James Perez 2nd place & Kyle Stephenson 3rd place. Special thanks to Donavan Jacks and Daniel Encinias for their leadership in organizing this event! 

Golf Tournament
Brothers & Sisters, Brother Fuller, is holding a golf tournament to benefit local student athletes. Please read his mission statement and flyer. Lets help Chester help these kids! The work he's doing with these kids is outstanding, and whether you play golf or not, he needs our help. Read More...
Download: Golf tournament flyer.pdf
Meeting with Mayoral Candidate Tim Keller

IAFF Mayoral Candidate Tim Keller is scheduled for a membership forum at the Union Hall on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10:00am. All members are encouraged to attend.

The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held in December 2017 (Exact Date-TBD)

Attention All Members:

Nominations for the 2017 General Election officially open at the General Membership Meeting on September 14, 2017 and will close at the General Membership Meeting on November 9, 2017.

In accordance with the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters IAFF Local 244 Bylaws: Article X, Officer Elections, Section 4. Elected Officer Terms all ‘Odd Year’ positions will be up for election in 2017There will also be one ‘Even Year’ position up for election for a one year term due to a previous 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 PRESIDENT

GENERAL SECRETARY

COUNTY CHIEF STEWARD

COUNTY 1ST  STEWARD

COUNTY 3RD  STEWARD

COUNTY 4TH STEWARD (1-YEAR TERM)

COUNTY 1ST  TRUSTEE

CITY VICE PRESIDENT

CITY 1ST  STEWARD

CITY 3RD  STEWARD

CITY 5TH  STEWARD

CITY 1ST  TRUSTEE

City Chapter 5th Steward Vacancy

The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board is accepting letters of interest for the position of City Chapter Fifth Steward for the next 14 calendar days. The Executive Board will appoint a member to serve in this position at the Executive Board meeting on August 17, 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 iafflocal244@qwestoffice.net on or before August 15, 2017.  

Cadillac Tax Repeal Stalls as Senate Fails to Deliver on ACA Reform

The promise to finally repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hit a serious road block in the Senate, and with it a repeal of the Cadillac Tax on employer-provided healthcare. The IAFF and other pro-repeal groups worked with Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Dean Heller (R-NM) to introduce a full repeal amendment. But even with historically broad support for axing the Cadillac Tax, the highly politicized nature surrounding repeal of the ACA would not guarantee a victory. Both Democrats and Republicans were acting overly cautious in fear of giving the opposition a path to victory. In the end, however, the amendment passed 52-48, illustrating the deeply entrenched support for full repeal of this ill-conceived tax. 

On July 25, Republicans successfully voted to begin debate on an eventual final plan to roll back and replace many parts of the ACA. What followed was a series of amendments on varying proposals ranging from full repeal to a vote on the recently passed House bill. This process was intended to allow Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) the opportunity to slowly try and piece together a working majority he would need to pass a final bill.

With the Senate moving quickly on finalizing its legislative language, an opportunity was seized to offer the amendment to repeal the Cadillac Tax. But after numerous attempts by Leader McConnell to find common ground on a healthcare bill he could rally his conference around, he decided to place the fate of his efforts in a “skinny” repeal plan. This watered-down bill would have eliminated a handful of taxes and loosened regulations around health savings accounts while keeping the majority of regulations in the ACA. However, even this plan did not go far enough for moderate Republicans, whose support was based on lower premiums and broader coverage. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) sided with 48 Democrats to end – for now – any effort by the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Under current law, the Cadillac Tax is delayed until January 2, 2020. Despite the failure so far to repeal the ACA in Congress, efforts to fully repeal the Cadillac tax continue. As always, the IAFF is continuing its work with allies in Congress to ensure a full repeal.

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