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March 24, 2017
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Special Meeting to approve the MOU between IAFF Local 244 and Bernalillo County reference 48/96 Schedule
A Special Meeting is scheduled at the Union Hall for March 29, 2017 in accordance with Article V, Section 6 of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws. The purpose of this meeting is to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the IAFF Local 244 and Bernalillo County pursuant to Article 41, Section 41.7 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The meeting will start promptly at 10:00am. Please call Vice-President Robert Sanchez with any questions.
Brother Roger Garcia

It is with deep regret and sorrow to report the passing of Brother Fire Fighter Roger Garcia. Roger proudly served the Albuquerque Fire Department for 13 years and will missed by his fire family. We are organizing all resources for his family to provide them as much comfort as possible during this difficult time. IAFF Brothers and Sisters are standing-watch over his body until the funeral services. Please contact IAFF Local 244 Steward Cris Cruz or Chief Steward Albert Ortega to be scheduled to stand-watch. 

Visitation will be held on: 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

French Funeral-Wyoming, 7121 Wyoming Blvd.  

Memorial Services are as follows:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 10:00a.m.

Legacy Church, 4701 Wyoming NE

Interment will be immediately after the Memorial Service at Mount Calvary Cemetery 

6th Annual 'Swing for Survivors' Golf Tournament
On Saturday, March 25th 2017, the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters will host the 6th 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 Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course. Click on link below for the registration form. Contact Martin Salazar at for more information. 
Download: Benefit_Golf_Tournament_2017.pdf , GolfBenefit-4.pdf , Swing for Survivors Golf Tournament 2017.pdf
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. 

IAFF Charity Poker Tournament
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

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