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July 02, 2015
What's New at IAFF 244
The 2015 AFD/IAFF Collective Bargaining Agreement is Ratified
The City Chapter CBA has been officially ratified by the membership with 80% approval. Special thanks to the Negotiating Team and the Members who worked the polls. Log-in to the members area (Contracts) to review the official tally. Please call Sgt. At Arms Miguel Tittmann with any questions.
City Chapter CBA Ratification Vote is Extended
The City Chapter CBA ratification vote was held today in accordance with Article II of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & Bylaws. The Constitution & Bylaws require 51% of total eligible members to cast votes for a CBA ratification to be valid. Out of 613 eligible City Chapter IAFF members, we had 289 who actually voted. This equates to 47%; falling short of the required 51%. 
We have consulted with our Local Counsel Fred Mowrer and IAFF 10th District VP Jim Ferguson on this matter. The IAFF Local 244 Executive Board has voted to extend the City Chapter CBA ratification vote to Monday, June 29, 2015 from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Poll sites will be at the Union Hall, AFD Station 17 and AFD Station 8. The ballot boxes will remain sealed and under the supervision of Sergeant at Arms Miguel Tittmann. 
IAFF/AFD Collective Bargaining Agreement is TA'd

The IAFF Local 244 City Chapter Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been tentatively agreed upon as of today, June 17, 2015.

The ratification vote will take place on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 7:00am -7:00pm in accordance with Article II, Section 2 and Article XI of the IAFF Local 244 Constitution & By-Laws. The designated poll sites will be: Union Hall, AFD Station 8 and AFD Station 17.

Early Voting will be held on the dates listed below at the Union Hall from 0900-1500.

Friday June 19, 2015

Monday June 22, 2015

Tuesday June 23, 2015

To review the strike-and-delete version of the TA’d agreement, log in and click on the Contracts section under main menu.

President Arencón would like to acknowledge the City Chapter Negotiating Team; Captain John Roumpf, Lieutenant Max Heyman, Driver Justin Cheney, Driver Joaquin Griego, Firefighter Cris Cruz, for their diligent work and leadership in representing our collective interests. A job well done!  
Retired IAFF Brothers Lend a Helping Hand

AFD Retirees Patrick McKinney, Mark Chavez, Mike McKinstry, Donny Sanchez, Robert Larranaga, Sam Trujillo and Firefighters from Rio Rancho Fire Station 3 built two wheel chair ramps for our retired brother James “Baby Doll” Dahl, to assist in his recovery at home from his motorcycle accident. Special thanks to 'Random Acts' for taking on this awesome project!

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.

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